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  •  Some of what you saw is good. (1+ / 0-)
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    This old man

    I'm also a retiree, out in 2007, and I saw the good and the bad side of private-sector outsourcing.

    First - servicemembers cutting grass, blowing leaves, trimming trees and painting rocks is not going to happen. I know  I did it in the late 80s, but only the line units had that kind of work.

    The reason that has to be outsourced is simple, you can't recruit people, promise them all the glory of service, and then have them cut the grass. It won't work, and it's an epic waste of money to take a fully trained solider out to yard work on a regular basis.

    At times though, due to your location, you have to do these housekeeping things. Ask any sailor about ship duty. Ask any fobbit if he got hemmed up on a shit detail. (I hear they cut back on that lately though).

    The real crime is the private sector bandits on the endless development programs for Things We Don't Need.

    There are hundreds of multi-billion dollar companies who convice Washington to buy TWDN. Systems upon systems upon systems. All robbing an entity with little collective foresight.

    I'm all for the brand of merit-based socialism our military provides to those who serve, military and civillian and those who provide services to them.

    I'm not for the current brand of fear-driven disaster capitalism that has run our strategy for the last 40 years or so. Also remember, they have been wrong about everything. Wrong about Vietnam. Wrong about Panama. Wrong about Bosnia (mostly anyway). Wrong about Iraq. Wrong about Afghanistan. They've been wrong becuase they have been unable to build the force for the pending threat, always solving the last problem or creating new ones.

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