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  • Another Afghanistan conflict for McCaffrey to disclose

    Blog ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    Yesterday, Media Matters pointed out that MSNBC has repeatedly hosted NBC News military analyst and retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey in recent days. McCaffrey has used his appearances to criticize possible "deadlines" to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan and highlight the importance of training the Afghan security forces. But at no point have McCaffrey or the MSNBC anchors hosting him disclosed a substantial conflict of interest McCaffrey has with regard to the U.S. government's presence in Afghanistan and focus on troop training: McCaffrey serves on the board of directors of DynCorp International -- a company under contract to provide support to U.S. bases in Afghanistan for up to five years, as well as to train a portion of those security forces McCaffrey is calling "the center of gravity of the entire war."

    But DynCorp isn't the only company linked to McCaffrey that has received government contracts in Afghanistan. McCaffrey also serves on the board of directors of McNeil Technologies, a company whose "core competencies include language, intelligence, information technology, records management, and aviation services." According to the company's website, 'The Directors of McNeil Technologies bring a wealth of unparalleled experience and expertise. They are internationally recognized experts on military and business issues. Their experience, wisdom, and counsel are made available to McNeil clients." And, luckily, MSNBC viewers as well.

    McNeil lists the following among the "Recent Contract Awards" posted on its website:

    August 26, 2009: U.S. Army (USA) -- Army Material Command (AMC)
    Subcontract to provide aviation support to LOGCAP program in Afghanistan

    August 7, 2009: U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
    Classified contract supporting CENTCOM mission in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2009: U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
    Classified IDIQ contract to support CENTCOM mission in Afghanistan

    MSNBC lists McCaffrey's position with McNeil on his bio on their website, but does not note that they contract with the federal government in Afghanistan (they do note that DynCorp "provides support to the U.S. Government in countries including Afghanistan and Iraq"). In any case, very few people watching McCaffrey on MSNBC are likely to immediately rush to the MSNBC website to determine whether he has conflicts of interest. Those conflicts should be disclosed on-air every single time they host him.

  • MSNBC repeatedly hosts McCaffrey to discuss Afghanistan without disclosing his conflict of interest

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    At least three times in the last two days, MSNBC anchors have hosted NBC News military analyst and retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, who has used his appearances to criticize possible "deadlines" to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan and highlight the importance of training the Afghan security forces. However, at no point have McCaffrey or the MSNBC anchors hosting him disclosed his position on the board of directors of DynCorp International -- a company under contract to provide support to U.S. bases in Afghanistan for up to five years, as well as to train a portion of the Afghan National Security Force.

  • McCaffrey again discusses Afghan security forces without disclosing ties to company training them

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    On MSNBC Live, Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey stated: "By the way, another question to be decided is, What are we doing in Afghanistan? Are we there to build an Afghan security force with our NATO allies and then withdraw, or are we there to fight a counterinsurgency battle in this gigantic country?" But at no point during the segment was it disclosed that McCaffrey is a member of the board of directors of DynCorp International, a company under contract to train part of the Afghan National Security Force.

  • True to form, NBC aired clip of McCaffrey discussing "Afghan security forces" without disclosing ties to company training them

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    In a report on the war in Afghanistan, NBC's Nightly News included a clip of retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey discussing "Afghan security forces." But neither NBC News nor McCaffrey disclosed during the report that he is a member of the board of directors of DynCorp International, which has been awarded a $317.4 million contract with the State Department to "provide at least 580 civilian police advisors to advise, train, and mentor the Afghanistan National Police and the Ministry of Interior." According to the State Department, the "Afghan National Police" are one of two components of the "Afghanistan National Security Forces."