CACI Headquarters - Arlington, VA
CACI International Inc said today that it continues to correct false reports and charges against the company concerning its services to the U.S. Army in Iraq 2003-04. More than a year after the last CACI interrogator left Iraq in September of 2005, CACI and its 10,000 employees are still being attacked with baseless accusations from certain general media as well as more agenda-driven interest groups. Therefore, in the effort to get the truth reported and communicated, CACI, again, wants to set the record straight with the following facts and information. Additional information on these matters is available at www.caci.com.
CACI Provides Valuable Service to Help Meet Our National Priorities
The U.S. government has partnered with private companies for more than half a century on such work as America's space and nuclear programs. And since the early 1990s, the government's use of services contractors has been a core element of military program planning that frees troops for critical military combat missions and has made it possible to meet America's security needs with a smaller, all-volunteer force.
For more than four decades - since 1962 - and through nine presidential administrations, both Democratic and Republican, CACI has been proud to be one of the leading information technology contractors that has helped our government meet national priorities. When the U.S. Army needed help in Iraq, CACI considered it a duty to respond. It was the right thing to do for our Army customers.
The company's expertise is information technology services, including high-tech information collection and data analysis. CACI provides technology and applications solutions in these areas to federal agencies, the intelligence community, and the military in support of America's homeland security and national defense. Interrogation services (the collecting of field-level information) are an extension of that work, which CACI provided beginning in October 2003 in response to an urgent need of the U.S. Army. CACI provided interrogators because the military did not have sufficient, available personnel to carry out vital interrogation operations in Iraq at the time. CACI never provided interrogators elsewhere in the world, neither in Afghanistan, nor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At no time during the October 2003-April 2004 period did CACI have more than 10 interrogators working at Abu Ghraib.
CACI's interrogation services contract was not a cost-plus reimbursable type contract as some have falsely claimed. Equally important, discourse about alleged inflated prices, purposeless activity, waste, fraud, or contract abuse levied against other contractors has no application to CACI. The government received good and full value from CACI's work, and the company is proud of its services.
CACI's growth since 2003 was not primarily due to the Iraq War, as has been inferred. In particular, CACI's interrogation work for the Army in Iraq was much less than 1 percent of the company's total revenue during the stated 2003-2004 period. However, revenues have increased in recent years. The company's growth performance has come about due to both organic growth and growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. Since 1993, CACI has acquired and successfully integrated some 34 companies. This growth strategy was in place and functional long before the tragic "9-11" terrorist attacks on America and the beginning of the war in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Similar to the deceitful implication that CACI's revenue growth came solely from its business in Iraq, insinuations that the compensation of CACI's CEO was tied to, or paid directly for, this work in Iraq are also totally false. CACI, as a public corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange, reports Dr. London's compensation from the company in its annual Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) publicly available filings. The value of Dr. London's CACI stock was, and is, due in major part as a result of his 35-year career in building and growing CACI from a small (listed "over the counter") firm of a few dozen employees into a major publicly owned Delaware corporation. During this 35-year period, considerable value has been created for thousands upon thousands of American shareholders, investors, pensioners, and working people. Dr. London is proud of his career and the competitive success of CACI over his term (since 1984) as its visionary leader and entrepreneur. He is also proud of his service to the American people as a veteran U.S. Naval officer with the rank of Captain, having served 12 years active duty as a naval aviator, and 12 years with the Naval Reserves.
Intelligence Gathering Saves the Lives of Our Troops and Helps Protect Our Nation
Ongoing attacks on CACI wrongly assume (because of early inaccurate reports) that CACI employees were guilty of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. No CACI employees were charged with any misconduct in connection with any interrogation work. No CACI employee appears in any of the infamous abuse photographs from Abu Ghraib.
Further, CACI has, at all times, cooperated fully and willingly with all inquiries into these matters conducted by the U.S. government and the U.S. military
The Kern/Jones/Fay Report (which concentrated on military intelligence) specifically included civilian contractor interrogators but expressly found that the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib was not related to interrogation. And as Spc. Joseph Darby, the soldier who in January 2004 provided the Abu Ghraib photographs of abuse to authorities, stated in a recent interview:
"The soldiers involved at Abu Ghraib were not interrogating inmates. These guys were doing nothing but occupying themselves in very sick ways. It was never about interrogations."
Further U.S. government investigations and reports concerning the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, viz. the Schlesinger Report, the Church Report, and the Army Inspector General (IG) Report, presented no findings of CACI wrongdoing in its interrogation work. The Army IG Report specifically concluded that all CACI interrogators had met the job experience requirements set forth by the Army in CACI's contract. The Schlesinger and Church reports both found that civilian contractor-interrogator personnel had performed quite well in support of the U.S. Army.
CACI has served the U.S. government and the military for the past 45 years, from the Cold War and the Vietnam War to the "long war" on global terrorism. A comprehensive history containing factual information about CACI's honorable service to the U.S. government, as well as its exemplary support services in Iraq, can be found at www.caci.com.
CACI does not condone, tolerate, or in any way endorse misconduct or illegal behavior by its employees at any time under any circumstances. Nor does it presume, however, that its employees are guilty of misconduct based on unsubstantiated allegations, hearsay, agenda-driven propaganda, or media-promulgated rumors - such as the false statements of recent months. The company fully supports the rule of law, the concepts of due process, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and the right to confront accusers in a properly convened court of law. CACI set out this fundamental position at the inception of the Abu Ghraib scandal, and it remains the company's stance today.
The company is proud of the vital work it provides to its important customers in the defense and intelligence community, and the valuable service CACI provides to support our troops, defend our homeland, and safeguard America's future.
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