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May 27, 2008


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Hmm, we always thought former CACI CEO Jack London had a literary name, and now he has author's credentials to prove it. Today Jack's first book, Our Good Name, is being released by Regnery Publishing, seeking to set the record straight on CACI's role in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Being the investigative types we are, we tracked Jack down for more at CACI's Arlington headquarters just before the holiday weekend.


Jack shows off the 780-page opus that he and his CACI team started more than three years ago. Jack tells us the book was a result of media reports wrongfully indicting CACI and in particular employee Steven Stephanowicz, a contracted interrogator accused of being "directly or indirectly responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib" in a top secret report by Major General Antonio Taguba, which Jack says was illegally leaked to the media. The report recommended that Stephanowicz, CACI interpreter John Israel, and two military officers be disciplined and investigated for prosecution.


The book quotes only official documents and court testimony to make its case. "There was an incredible amount of false information in the press that snowballed and turned into one great big lie because of lazy reporting," Jack tells us as we self-consciously triple-check our notes. "This book refutes those reports with hard evidence—none of that unnamed sources stuff." Along with attempting to clear the company name, the book acts as a case study of a company in a public relations crisis. Jack gives details of the inner workings of CACI, along with its strategy to fight the media onslaught.


Jack retired as company CEO last year but remains Chairman of the Board. He'll be signing copies of his book at the Tower Club in Vienna on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The book is available at major book stores, as well as Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. You'll note three picture above of Jack holding his book; talk about a book you can't put down!

Tech Bisnow Reporter David Stegon heads to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Technology Affinity event tonight, so come say hi if you happen to be there. Send story ideas to david@bisnow.com or call him at 703-674-7718.



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