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Part II: The age-old tradition of military contractors

In our previous Houston Defense Base Act Blog post, we shared some of the thoughts of Molly Dunigan, the RAND Corporation's associate director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department. Dunigan spoke to NPR about the past, present and future of civilian contractors working for the U.S. military.

As the world changes, American priorities remain

While it is not written about much in the national news media or talked about in town hall meetings or political campaigns, the reality of today's U.S. military is that it is leaner than in times past because of an increased reliance on civilian contractors. Those contractors are often former members of the military themselves, but their checks come today from private employers who, in turn, receive their payments from the Pentagon.

A story of service and sacrifice

The stories told by and about civilians who serve our nation as contractors for our military overseas are often ignored by the news media. There always seems to be something bigger, more exciting and more likely to lure readers and viewers. Let's face it: the fatalities and injuries suffered by civilian contractors are often simply ignored.

Are military interpreters covered under the Defense Base Act?

The United States involvement in the Middle East since 2001 has opened up new opportunities overseas for people fluent in foreign languages. Today, President Donald Trump's efforts to reform immigration laws combined with his simmering disagreements with Syria, Russia and North Korea have put international relations back on the hot stove.

Gitmo defense attorneys claim their Camp Justice housing is toxic

What is a lawyer to do when forced to choose between his own safety and representing his client? That's the question four defense attorneys hired by the Department of Defense to represent terrorism detainees are asking. In a lawsuit filed earlier this week, the men accuse the Navy of forcing them to live in buildings on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base that are known to contain "hazardous conditions and cancer-causing chemicals, ranging from formaldehyde to heavy metals and mold."

Workplace injuries: Statistics, causes and more

The numbers tell a grim tale. Workplaces are far too often places where accidents lead to injuries that can force employees to miss work and apply for workers' compensation benefits. Sometimes the accidents are even worse. Statistics show that 13 Americans per day lose their lives in workplace accidents.

Civilian contractor ignores own safety to save lives

The civilian engineer was working for the Air Force in Afghanistan when he heard the familiar sound of a helicopter coming from an unfamiliar spot: right above his NATO headquarters office. Seconds later, the British Puma Mk 2 crashed into ground just a few yards from the building.