(via Flickr/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/US Navy)

A 40-year-old St. Louisan and Navy airman is dead following a helicopter crash earlier this week in Oman.

The Department of Defense today announced that Sean P. Sullivan, a Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator, was killed in the July 19 crash. Also killed was Joseph Fitzmorris of Louisiana.

(St. Louis Public Radio/Bill Raack)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says a new report detailing the amount of waste and fraud in the use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan is "shocking."

McCaskill pushed Congress to create the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The panel says at least $31 billion – and perhaps as much as $60 billion -- has been wasted on projects run by private companies and individuals who were hired by the U.S. government. McCaskill is amazed by the number of mistakes that have been made.