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  •  I like the way you think, doc. (7+ / 0-)

    The problem with canceling KBR's contracts is that, basically, the US military can't operate without them.

    For those who don't know, KBR is contracted out through the extensive LOGCAP structure. With LOGCAP IV, the contract breaks up over a few companies rather than just one as was in the past.

    Even when Dyncorp got the contract in 1997, KBR was so ingrained in military operations that they actually held on to many aspects of it, showing basically, that the contract is painfully transferable.

    It should come as no surprise that under SecDef Dick Cheney the huge role the private sector was to play in military operations was institutionalized.

    The bird's eye view of this is insane, but KBR is so insidious that canceling all their contracts would be a hard thing actualize. The military would have to pick up the duties, or Dyncorp or Flour or someone else would have to pick that up.

    Honestly, contracting has proved to be such a mess that it is going to take a major and most serious re-vamping of the system to get this right.

    We've been on the wrong track for nearly 20 years and the man at the helm has been Dick Cheney, whether as SecDef, CEO of Halliburton or VP.

    Returning the military to the government, the contracts to oversight, and the accountability to the people is, imo, one of the most unmentioned issues Obama has to handle...

    ... the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

    by Tirge Caps on Sun May 24, 2009 at 10:34:51 AM PDT

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