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U.S.Senate: Dyncorp, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ITT and ARINC concentrate 57% of all money that U.S. spent to fight drugs in Latin America, during 2005-2009.

DynCorp International agents in the field.

MEXICO CITY- Dyncorp, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ITT and ARINC get the most part of the U.S. budget used in the fight against drug trafficking by concentrating 57% of 3.1 billion dollars, that  the U.S. government has spent to fight drugs in Latin America.

In the case of Mexico, the U.S. has spent 170.6 million dollars in contracts with these companies, according to a report of the National (Internal)  Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate.

The 15-page report, dated June 2011,  states that “the U.S. federal government actually spent more on contracts for Mexico than what was reported” in the period 2005-2009, due to the fact that expenses for 2010 contracts has not been reported yet.

Dyncorp, is the company ewith the most benefit from government counternarcotics agreements and according to the report of the Senate.

The report highlights that neither the Department of Defense, or the State Department have tracked these contracts, and that 840 million dollars in contracts, 27% of the total, were awarded without proper procurement and tenders.

“They government is spending and ‘throwing’ tax payers money without knowing what you are getting for it,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is the author of the report and the leader of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee of the United States.

McCaskill said that “between 2005 and 2009, the annual government spending of U.S. counternarcotics agreements in Latin America has increased by 32%”, from 482 million dollars in 2005 to 635,800,000 dollars in 2009.

“In total, the government has spent over 3.1 billion dollars in counternarcotics agreements in the region during this period. In 2008, expenditure reached the highest levels to reach $ 715 million, “said the report of the subcommittee.

However, McCaskill and the Internal Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate acknowledged that while the U.S. Government has increased its confidence in the mentioned contractors, the government  have not performed a review of the contracts, its acquisitions, nor the performance of the companies or monitored its contractual goals.

“Neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of State have a centralized database or a system with the ability to track counternarcotics agreements,” declared Senator McCaskill.

The report highlights that both the Department of Defense as well as the State Department, have no traces of the contracts in question.

In regard to all money spend in these contrracts,  $ 840 million of the money budgeted in these contracts, representing 27% of the total, were awarded without proper tenders.

The report detailed that 52% of contracts are spent to purchase goods and services related to aviation and aircraft that are used to locate or eradicate drug plantations.

In this area, between 2005 and 2009, the U.S. spent almost 1.6 billion dollars only in aircraft maintenance, logistics support, equipment and training.

“The federal government also spent about $ 345 million in contracts for equipment and supplies, $ 317 million in contracts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services, some $ 237 million in contracts for information technology and communications equipment and services, 352 million for base support operations, construction and logistics services, and about $ 228 million for personnel, technicians and service experts, “says the report from the Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate.