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99% of these reports are spreadsheets with monthly figures reporting costs, cost vs. schedule performance and cumulative cost vs. budgets. Given the type of contract, the detail in these reports is more onerous. But, in general such a report is assembled in a few days by a single budget analyst. Which means they are mostly bullshit intended to justify a series of positions in the Government Agency awarding the contract, as wel as the auditing agency having responsiblility for the contracting agency. This is not a "report" with text generated each month by contractor personnel describing in excruciating detail the technical or other measured progress.

The report typically will have a projection for the end of contract cost, and a section with risks described, that, if handled correctly, can be of value to a reviewing agency.

The point is, a well written 5 page report is often going to be of more value than a ton of numbers in columns and rows that should have been an on-line data access link, and not a cherry picked set of figures assembled into a report that is so filled with superfluous figures it becomes useless. We used to call this kind of bullshit "malicious compliance" and the bigger the company the more this technique is used. Jim
Most reports I've seen, and written, do begin w/ a five to ten page summary called an abstract. They are all most people ever read.

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Are you willing to argue that the violent insurgency would end spontaneously if we left?

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I am willing to argue that the violence will continue whether we stay or go. A two edged sword. Given that odd, why stay?

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Are you willing to argue that the violent insurgency would end spontaneously if we left?

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Not remotely. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube they easily. We triggered it, we provided the initial fuel and the unfettered breeding ground for it to grow. That was the issue. It is now its own monster.

Now had we had a Page 2 of Shock and Awe that addressed "what if they don't welcome us with open arms and flowers" we may have curtailed some of the initial stages of the insurgency. But we did not. WE FAILED TO PLAN. Every General in the past two years that has been on the Hill has backed that assertion.

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What is wrong w/ you tonight? They DO NOT have RFPs or Qs on non-compete jobs. The government comes to the vendor they need and want, and request a proposal. There is almost never an RFP for non-competes, and you of all people should know that. When they know who they need to do a job, they do not go public. And it is not only not unethical it is SOP!! It is done every day at every level. I have had several non-compete contracts and I should know how it works.
I know what is suppose to be no bid. Building contracts [such as what is going on in Iraq] are not covered under "non-compete". Project Management contracts [such as what is going on in Iraq] are not covered under "non-compete". Check the GAO rules and you will know that.

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Twin bombings hit Iraqi capital

The group of Shia pilgrims had just arrived back in Baghdad

Two bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have killed at least 40 people, police said.
At least 30 people died in the Karrada district when a car bomb exploded near a truck carrying Shia pilgrims.
In a separate incident, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a minibus in eastern Baghdad, killing 10 people.
The latest violence comes a day after Baghdad hosted a conference on security, attended by world powers including the US, Syria and Iran.
In Karrada, a car bomber drove into a truck that was bringing about 70 men and boys home from the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims had gone to Karbala to mark the Arbaeen ceremony, one of the holiest events in the Shia calendar.
"I blame the government," the Associated Press news agency quoted one man injured in the blast as saying.
"They didn't provide a safe route for us even though they knew we were targets for attack."
Last week, in the run-up to the ceremony, scores of pilgrims were killed in bomb and gun attacks across Iraq.
Sunday's separate suicide attack happened in Baghdad's Shia stronghold of Sadr City.
'Positive trend'
Both of these attacks appear to have been aimed at killing Shia civilians, as has been the case with most of the recent bomb outrages, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad.
Mr Maliki told conference delegates Iraq needed help

These have continued virtually unabated despite the current security surge by US and Iraqi government forces in Baghdad.
The Shia militias have stood down in deference to that security plan but their compliance is bound to be strained by these continuing highly provocative attacks on their community, our correspondent says.
In the northern city of Mosul, three guards died in a blast at an office of the country's largest Sunni Arab political party, the Iraqi Islamic Party. Police said a fourth body was believed to be that of a suicide attacker.
On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appealed to Iraq's neighbours to help tackle the sectarian and insurgent violence.
The one-day conference brought together envoys from the US, Iran and Syria for the first time in years.
The US blames Iran and Syria for stoking the violence, but the meeting was said to be constructive and positive.
Speaking on Sunday, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, called it a good first step. "If another conference at foreign ministers level was held in Baghdad there could be more hope that a positive trend has started that will go on," he said.


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Looks Like Halliburton has figured a way to avoid those annoying Ethics requirements for RFQs.

March 11, 2007, 12:13PM
Halliburton will move HQ to Dubai

By JIM KRANE Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil services giant Halliburton Co. will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai, chief executive Dave Lesar announced Sunday.

"Halliburton is opening its corporate headquarters in Dubai while maintaining a corporate office in Houston," spokeswoman Cathy Mann said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "The chairman, president and CEO will office from and be based in Dubai to run the company from the UAE."

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Halliburton will move HQ to Dubai | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Isn't it nice when an All American Company moves it Corporate Headquarters to a country with limited extradition and nonbinding tax reciprocity.

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how many time are you going to repeat yourself?
"You repeat a lie enought times and it becomes the truth", seems to be a rethug mantra. Too bad they are only 30% of the ignorant sheep left.
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Twin bombings hit Iraqi capital

The group of Shia pilgrims had just arrived back in Baghdad

Two bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have killed at least 40 people, police said.
At least 30 people died in the Karrada district when a car bomb exploded near a truck carrying Shia pilgrims.
In a separate incident, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a minibus in eastern Baghdad, killing 10 people.
The latest violence comes a day after Baghdad hosted a conference on security, attended by world powers including the US, Syria and Iran.
In Karrada, a car bomber drove into a truck that was bringing about 70 men and boys home from the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims had gone to Karbala to mark the Arbaeen ceremony, one of the holiest events in the Shia calendar.
"I blame the government," the Associated Press news agency quoted one man injured in the blast as saying.
"They didn't provide a safe route for us even though they knew we were targets for attack."
Last week, in the run-up to the ceremony, scores of pilgrims were killed in bomb and gun attacks across Iraq.
Sunday's separate suicide attack happened in Baghdad's Shia stronghold of Sadr City.
'Positive trend'
Both of these attacks appear to have been aimed at killing Shia civilians, as has been the case with most of the recent bomb outrages, says the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad.
Mr Maliki told conference delegates Iraq needed help

These have continued virtually unabated despite the current security surge by US and Iraqi government forces in Baghdad.
The Shia militias have stood down in deference to that security plan but their compliance is bound to be strained by these continuing highly provocative attacks on their community, our correspondent says.
In the northern city of Mosul, three guards died in a blast at an office of the country's largest Sunni Arab political party, the Iraqi Islamic Party. Police said a fourth body was believed to be that of a suicide attacker.
On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki appealed to Iraq's neighbours to help tackle the sectarian and insurgent violence.
The one-day conference brought together envoys from the US, Iran and Syria for the first time in years.
The US blames Iran and Syria for stoking the violence, but the meeting was said to be constructive and positive.
Speaking on Sunday, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, called it a good first step. "If another conference at foreign ministers level was held in Baghdad there could be more hope that a positive trend has started that will go on," he said.


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Looks Like Halliburton has figured a way to avoid those annoying Ethics requirements for RFQs.

March 11, 2007, 12:13PM
Halliburton will move HQ to Dubai

By JIM KRANE Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil services giant Halliburton Co. will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai, chief executive Dave Lesar announced Sunday.

"Halliburton is opening its corporate headquarters in Dubai while maintaining a corporate office in Houston," spokeswoman Cathy Mann said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "The chairman, president and CEO will office from and be based in Dubai to run the company from the UAE."

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Halliburton will move HQ to Dubai | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Isn't it nice when an All American Company moves it Corporate Headquarters to a country with limited extradition and nonbinding tax reciprocity.
I don't blame them one bit! Dubai is "an Arab boomtown where free-market capitalism has been paired with some of the world's most liberal tax, investment and residency laws." And besides it is right in the middle of 95% of all their projects!

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Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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