reply to post by Swills
That's a dark, scary road that can do wrong very easily.
That operates under the assumption we are capable of determining what mission is right in the first place.
There are wrong actions ... but wrong missions? Even the right missions can be undertaken with the darkest of actions.
What kind of security are you talking about here?
Mostly the kind we already provide. We have sizable deployments of security forces in Kuwait, the UAE, Korea, Australia, Japan, etc - all largely
there to protect ports used for ships that operate in defense of shipping lanes.
We pay for that in taxes (or national debt... since we don't run a sensible budget), and the financial system of the military is out of whack. You
know how it is with command budgeting... use it or lose it (waste it or don't have it next year when you might just need it). Start treating the
military like the business it is and minimize its reliance upon the Federal budget (this has its own security, in a way; we will have a military even
if we are running into tax revenue problems). Place commands in charge of procuring their own budget and securing their own inventories... and watch
the cost-effectiveness of the military grow by a factor of two in a very short order. Abuse by contractors will start to dwindle, and you'll see far
fewer do-nothings allowed to persist in the service (and far fewer contractors hired to do staff work... like cut the damned grass... sure - if you
are running 24 hour operations and straining your crew, bring in a contractor to cut the grass if it is that important... but why do that when you're
cutting loose at lunch?)
Commands that naturally have no mission will begin to evaporate based on market demand; and commands that perform well will be supplied and outfitted
well (because they will be more likely to be awarded contracts).
Better yet - allow those commands to invest in stocks or other securities that could be taxed (much in the way a franchise 'taxes' the profits of
its operators) as well as bolster various industries and provide ROI for commands that operate in a fiscally responsible manner.
Do I support private security teams bidding on US operations? No, I don't. I think military operations should be handled by the
What, exactly, defines a "military operation?" I could get a small team of marksmen together with some 'tactically acquired' explosives and
launch an assault on a particular target.
Is that a military operation? I'm utilizing my training from the military for it, and I'm using weapons to accomplish the goal.
Or does it matter what the target is?
The military is nothing more than a group of people who get trained in various tactics and jobs that directly engage in combat or support combat
activities ... and is recognized by the Government as being our military. Otherwise... the distinction between Military and Contractor is merely in
the finances (one could argue discipline and various "codes" - but you find those in employment contracts with various PMCs).
The military has standards which are enforced but I fear a civilian army would be to independent and free, comparatively.
The contract of employment and the contract of defense are the rules and standards the mercenary is bound to. If a contract says to avoid collateral
damage and civilian casualties - violation of that leads to the customer with-holding pay.
Further, the employee holds a contract with the PMC (employer) binding them to a set of standards and conduct. Violating those standards will lead to
contract termination (being fired); demotion, etc.
The Military is far more tolerant of poor behavior, laziness, and complacency than real-world business is (particularly manufacturing). It takes a
damned act of congress to get a #bag out of the military. It takes a single piece of paper to terminate employment contracts.
These constant conflicts need to end. Seriously, how much longer can we keep this up? The answer is to continue to create more and more private
contractors and that doesn't well with me.
We are a top-notch provider of military services. Why should we not offer those services on the market?