The United States has filed a civil complaint against Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc. (KBR) and First Kuwaiti Trading Company for submitting inflated claims for the delivery and installation of trailers to house troops in Iraq, the Justice Department announced today. KBR is headquartered in Houston. First Kuwaiti, a KBR subcontractor, is based in Kuwait.
KBR is the Army’s primary contractor for logistical support in Iraq. On Dec. 14, 2001, t he Army awarded KBR the LOGCAP III contract, the third generation of contracts under the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) since the program’s inception in the 1980s. LOGCAP III required KBR to provide logistical support in the military theater whenever and wherever it was needed. Support included services such as transportation, dining services, facilities management, maintenance and living accommodations for United States and coalition forces. LOGCAP III was originally awarded to Brown and Root Services, a division of KBR. The United States has paid KBR tens of billions of dollars for logistical support services since awarding the contract.