reply to post by Asktheanimals
I can agree with you on just about everything up to the replacement of national military assets. I've seen our government outsource to quite a few
different firms throughout my deployments (many of which were foreign owned and operated). However, there is not one piece of brass in the rear that
would ever place critical or sensitive missions in the hands of these companies (outside of protecting low tier diplomats or engineers). I am
certainly concerned with their exponentially increasing use and thus financial gain. I can tell you, however, that on more than a handful of
deployments from our various FOBs we were instructed to do what we had to do should they ever interfere with our mission objectives. It never came to
such high tension drama, but my outfit (among others) were well prepared to put the "cowboys" back in their place should their egos inflate past
their senses. I've seen more than 3 separate PMC outfits hose down 360 degree areas out to 200m for the simple fact they had shots fired at them.
Every time we would make gains with tribal or village leadership these morons would certainly try their best to fudge it up by shooting up a market or
I do like to point out that these guys are not some black-ops murder squad that goes around terrorizing the local population at will. The populace
would not stand for it and neither would we or our allies. This is of course only stemming from my observations in Iraq, Afghanistan and brief periods
in Africa. Iraq was the most problematic, as you've got unaccountable renegades babysitting ceo's, diplomats and engineers all looking to get
"rich" off of something in-country. These guys could care less who got shot in Iraq because their paycheck was bringing home their cargo in one
piece. Iraq can be a dense, confusing and hostile place. Afghanistan is where most PMC's were more reasonable and seemingly more experienced. Then
again, their job is a little easier in the wide open spaces and targets are a bit easier to distinguish and separate from civilians. My short
deployments in Africa were limited to in and out runs. We would hear stories about PMCs all around the continent, but many of those are South
African-based and have been operating there for decades, likely controlling precious resources on behalf of the insanely rich.
The battle we all face is keeping them in check, and believe it or not, the U.S. military is leading the way on that front. If God, Yaweh, Buddha, The
Origin, Jehova, a big spaghetti monster in the sky, whoever grants us the good fortune to get out of the sand I will look forward to the day that
North American-based PMCs will have to rebudget and cut some corners (aka numbers).