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"The rebuilding of Iraq's oil industry has been characterized in the months since by increasing costs and scant public explanation. An examination of what has grown into a multibillion-dollar contract to restore Iraq's oil infrastructure shows no evidence of profiteering by Halliburton, the Houston-based oil services company, but it does demonstrate a struggle between price controls and the uncertainties of war, with price controls frequently losing."
Check out the article before it disappears into the Times' pay-for-access archives. Political questions aside, it's a pretty good real-world discussion of the problem of estimates as commitments. One of the most pertinent lines in the article comes from the Army Corps of Engineers...
The initial price was based on "drive-by estimating," said Richard V. Dowling, a spokesman for the corps, which oversees the contract. The second was a result of a more complete assessment. "The best I can lamely fall back on is to say that estimates change," said Mr. Dowling, who is based in Baghdad. "This is not business as usual."
Life during wartime..."not business as usual," but probably in the realm of "foreseeable uncertainty," since even in less extreme environments, "estimates change."
hmmm...How would you feel about having your "lessons learned" reported in the national press?
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