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US security contractors and systemic failure

October 7, 2010

This is why the war will never be won in any clear and concise way.

The committee reviewed roughly 125 unclassified Department of Defense security contracts between 2007 and 2009, and found that there are some 26,000 private security contractors operating in Afghanistan, the majority of whom are Afghan nationals. The review found “systemic failures” of the military oversight for contracts, including the hiring of what Levin called “many too many” security contractors who had been improperly vetted, improperly trained or were not provided weapons. ref

1. Our military is not in full command of securing its own personnel.

2. When command is achieved the security personnel are Afghan nationals, not U.S. military.

We need LESS reliance on security contractors and an overhaul of military procedure, structure and command of these contracts. As troops decrease from the wars the contracted private security firms are staying. This is going to lead to even less command and control by the military and more rampant purchasing through shady money, in which creates atmosphere easy for corruption. And continued systemic failure! The Congress of US does not care, it has given most autonomy for the war to the Executive Branch. Executive branch coordinates and ultimately leads the US military. But the military then contracts out to these private security firms. And thus command and control ultimately breaks down at that link it seems to me.

US troops and Contractors comparison in fatalities

The security contractors are sacrificing along with US military personnel within the past few years. However the security personnel numbers maintain, while official US military personnel withdraws, this does not look like a good recipe. We are just now getting, “A scathing Senate report”… What is going on?! This is what happens when weak-kneed politicians in Congress don’t fully understand the need for the military and the need to facilitate it. They would rather demean military accomplishment and merit, and sneak in pork-laden crap for home districts and agenda items within funding legislation.

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  1. October 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Real interesting. I had no idea that so many security contractors were dying.

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