After discovering that civilian Army bureaucrats were pumping dangerous trans fat into soldiers via their rations, I pioneered the movement to end trans fat in troop feeding.
Why? Because trans fat causes coronary heart disease. And when the Army Combat Feeding bureacracy puts trans fat in rations, the troops downrange have no choice but to eat it. Some primary culprits were the trans-fat-loaded "FirstStrike" and "Hooah" energy bars that the Army Natick Soldier Center was feeding to troops by the hundreds of thousands. But these Combat Feeding bureaucrats were feeding millions of other trans-fat items to troops, too.
My brothers and I took action to solve the problem. A small family business, we became the Army’s R&D partner in performance nutrition, and we began by creating the healthier (and zero-trans-fat) Soldier Fuel energy bar.
Our new zero-trans-fat energy bar was winning the military tests for energy bars. It was being picked up by foreign militaries. And it was featured in the U.S. Special Operations Forces Nutrition Guide.
But despite all this, it was blocked from normal Army troop feeding (Army rations etc.). This puzzled us. Something was wrong. Why would the Army freeze out the newer and healthier zero-trans-fat bars in order to keep feeding unhealthy trans-fat bars to troops?
We dug into it. And we uncovered entrenched corruption and dereliction of duty, in the form of civilian employees in the DoD mandating and buying dangerous trans fat food items (millions of them) from their cronies at private corporations and then force-feeding these trans fat items to troops, while blocking healthier food items. We continued to encourage these DoD bureaucrats to remove trans fat. We continued to partner with the Army and spend a lot of money, energy, and time trying to help them fix the problem. But instead of doing the right thing, they rallied the Old Boys Network and tried to sabotage and destroy us. Their lawyers (like Scot Chafin) wrote to crony companies saying they wanted to take us "down several notches" so that they could protect the existing business arrangements.
So we fought back — on behalf of the men and women in uniform — and we won. We're the first small family business to defeat the corrupt DoD food administration bureaucracy in the Court of Federal Claims. We're told we made history. But we don't care about that. We care about the troops. They shouldn't be fed ANY trans fat. And we want our court victory to shine light on the rottenness in DoD contracting that needs to be cut out.
OLD BOYS NETWORK CORRUPTION:
Army lawyer (who said he wanted to "bring D'Andrea down several notches") tells another crony company that he wants to "make you some bucks."