Why does the U.S hire Private Military Companies/Contractors?

Isn't it a complete waste of money? Contractors get paid far more then soldiers.

Asked By: D.O... - 4/5/2007
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Why does the U.S. hire private military contractors? I think there are a few reasons. Firstly, contractors do the work that the military once did but can no longer do because of recruitment problems. If the current estimate of there being 100 000 contractors in Iraq is anything close to accurate, then it is obvious... More
Answered By: kennyj - 4/5/2007
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Uhmmmm. . .To save time and money and give jobs to the economy? You realize how these companies get the contracts, right? Whoever bids the lowest.
Answered By: pusherhombre - 4/5/2007
Private ParaMilitary companies are hired by private companies for security. The US Hires contractors because that is not the Military's function
Answered By: Politically Wrong - 4/5/2007
I think the whole point of the contractors is to do the work that the soldiers have not got time to do. Or its a total waste of money not really sure which but im sure thier pockets are lined as well.
Answered By: hdhoney03 - 4/5/2007
the companies want to make more money. its really sad.
Answered By: PROUD TO BE A LIBERAL TEEN! - 4/5/2007
Unfortunately, our soldiers are just pawns for the military elite to do what they want with. The military elite aren't smart enough to design/build high-tech weaponry and equipment themselves, so they must hire out competent, private sector companies to do it for seriously inflated prices. Millions of... More
Answered By: LabiaMonger666 - 4/5/2007
alot of reasons......yes they get paid more but they have paid for all their training already, often they do jobs that we dont have military people trained to we would have to take the money and the time to retrain.....also with the number of troops currently in iraq and afghanistan bases all over the rest... More
Answered By: cmac05 - 4/5/2007
...because of who the money is going to. Military is big business. Didn't you know? Rent "Why We Fight". Then research Halliburton and Dick Chaney. You will get your answer. BTW: Thank you for wanting to know about it.
Answered By: Lori Allen - 4/5/2007
Soldiers need to be trained, equipped, supplied, etc etc etc... More
Answered By: disgruntled_penguin - 4/5/2007
It's the same principle as a private contract security firm hiring its personel out to any company. Somehow, in the whole convoluted mess it actually saves money to do it. Also, a private firm may be able to operate outside of the confines of a national military's restrictions. The US has done it for a LONG time now... More
Answered By: sjsosullivan - 4/5/2007
They don't need to follow the same rules. That can be very convenient in a war zone.
Answered By: data_disaster - 4/5/2007
It relieves liability from a government.
Answered By: Ugly Betty - 4/5/2007
Because private contractors are not liable for a lot of really creepy stuff. They send these guys in to do the dirty work- the really dirty work. Its disgusting.
Answered By: darrellkern - 4/5/2007
Using contractors for things like laundry and porta john cleaning is cheaper and better for morale. First of all, we don't have soldiers trained in these jobs, and they wouldn't be trained to maintain the equipment. Second, they don't want to do these jobs. No one wants to sit on a FOB, and no one wants to clean... More
Answered By: Curtis B - 4/5/2007
Well, for things like building heavy equipment, the smartest way to acquire planes and ships and tanks is to purchase them from someone who knows how to build them well... so that's why they contract for those services... More
Answered By: Amy S - 4/5/2007
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