General Dynamics Secures Monster Light Tank Contract

General Dynamics Secures Monster Light Tank Contract

One of the world’s largest defense contractors agreed to build 96 next-generation light tanks for the U.S. Army. The initial contract is worth $1.14 billion.   Beginning in 2018, the Army tested about two dozen prototypes before settling on the GD light tank. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, final testing at Fort Bragg did not happen until 2021. By August …

Lawmakers Take Aim at Alleged Contractor Price Gouging

Lawmakers Take Aim at Alleged Contractor Price Gouging

Frustrated over three years of Congressional inaction on the issue, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) plan to introduce the Stop Price Gouging the Military Act.   In February 2019, the Pentagon’s inspector general revealed that contractor TransDigm Group overcharged the military by at least $16 million, with margins up to 4,451%, for various aircraft parts over …

Instability Continues in Cuba

Instability Continues in Cuba

A year after massive protests sparked a brutal crackdown, the Cuban coast guard says it has engaged in repeated firefights with U.S. speedboats trying to pick up disaffected people on the troubled island nation.   In a statement, the Interior Ministry said its coast guard units had intercepted 13 speedboats from the U.S. entering Cuban waters this year, with 23 …

Tamil Refugees on Diego Garcia Begin Hunger Strike

Tamil Refugees on Diego Garcia Begin Hunger Strike

Earlier in 2022, British soldiers plucked Sri Lankan refugees off a sinking ship. These refugees are now stranded on a remote Indian Ocean island, and they are desperate to leave.   42 of the 89 refugees on that ill-fated watercraft are in the midst of a hunger strike, protesting conditions which, they claim, are not any better than the conditions …

U.S. Private Military Contractor Killed in Ukraine

U.S. Private Military Contractor Killed in Ukraine

A former Marine who arrived in Ukraine in March 2022, shortly after the war with Russia began, has apparently died in combat.   The vet was a prison guard in Tennessee for a private company when he shipped out for Poland en route to Ukraine. His body has not been recovered, and the U.S. government is remaining closed-mouthed about the …