Originally Posted by patteeu
Sure. The big one is urgency. It's a lot quicker to get a sole-source (no bid) deal in place than it is to hold a competitive bidding process. In the case of a major war, timeliness is critical. The other major reason is that you want to make sure the outfit that you contract with is capable of doing the job. The middle of a war is no time to find out that your low bidder just wasn't up to the job.
And somehow companies with close ties to the Bush/Cheney gang were just available. And nobody else. Very convenient.