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View Diary: Private contractors cost more than federal workers in 33 of 35 cases, study finds (140 comments)

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  •  What's also missing from the CBO's analysis (0+ / 0-)

    is the incalculable cost to a free society of turning over increasing portions of our national defense to unaccountable, profit-seeking corporations.

    For example, this section seems to beg a fairly significant question:

    During peacetime, however, the military unit would remain in the force structure and continue to accrue costs at a peacetime rate, whereas the private security contract would not have to be renewed

    ...so, we cut security personnel from our military, losing experience and institutional knowledge, then we contract out for the services but are able to cancel or scale back the contract when a conflict winds down? What happens when the next conflict arises and the firm we'd previously hired has now deployed all of its most competent and experienced (mostly due to training they received in the US Military) security people on a long-term contract to suppress dissent in Bahrain or similar? I'm sure our troops will be grateful when they find their "security" being handled by a bunch of overpriced amateurs rush-hired by the "security" company in order to feed at the trough of yet another lucrative, poorly-overseen government contract.

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