War Profiteer: L3 Communications Holding Corp.

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L-3 Communications Holdings is an American company that supplies command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems and products, avionics, ocean products, training devices and services, instrumentation, space, and navigation products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, NASA, aerospace contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.

L-3 was named for Frank Lanza, Robert LaPenta and Lehman Brothers and was formed in 1997 to acquire certain business units from Lockheed Martin. These units had belonged to Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta, which had merged the year before. It continued to expand through mergers and acquisitions to become one of the top ten U.S. government contractors.

L-3 had/has relations with Duncan L Hunter and Tom Corcoran (Serco). On 9 June 2004, a group of 256 Iraqis sued CACI International and Titan Corporation in US federal court.  The plaintiffs, former prisoners, allege that the companies directed and participated in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, sexual assault, as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment at Abu Ghraib prison.

L-3 bought Titan on June 3, 2005, for $1.97 billion, pay $23.10 per share and assuming $680 million of Titan’s debt. It is now L-3 Services.

L-3 supplies SafeView magnometric scanners for Gaza’s Erez checkpoint through Hashmira and personal luggage scanners for West Bank checkpoints through Eltal Technologistics and gained notoriety for having provided translators at Abu Ghraib prison.

More Information

Website: http://www.L-3Com.com

Profiles: CorporateWatch: L-3 Communications (Last updated: June 2014); WhoProfits: L-3 (Last updated: December, 2008); SourceWatch: Titan Corporation

SIPRI 2012 Top 100 rank: 10

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