More on the Alaskan Missile Range Corruption Case

by: Matthew Potter
December 3, 2008

Category: Alaska, Congress, Contract Awards, crime, development program, Federal Budget Process, MDA, missile defense, S&T, SMDC, space, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

We have written in the past about Mr. Cantrell, an manager at the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), and his corruption scheme that will lead to his jailing on taking bribes from contractors in the past here and here. Now The Kodiak Daily Mirror has more details on how Mr. Cantrell used Alaskan Senator Stephens to build a range on Kodiak Island which allowed him to get the necessary work in order to generate the kickbacks.

Mr. Cantrell used the program he managed, AIT, to give Senator Stephens a way to insert the unasked for funding into the defense budget. The money was to build a range on Kodiak Island to launch targets and sensor packages into space. The Missile Defense Agency, Army and Air Force had no desire to use this facility having plans to use existing ones. Senator Stephens funded the building of the range through earmarks. Of course the former Senator and his representatives deny all of this. Mr. Cantrell is providing information to the Government. Unfortunately there is no crime of a Senator of Congressman inserting earmarks as long as they followed the rules which happened here. The money was properly appropriated and executed. There will be more to this story in the end.

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