A Marine SGT says what many are thinking about contractors:
(H/T Defense Tech)

“Computer systems frequently malfunction, but using civilians to troubleshoot these programs undermines fire support’s ability to be “semper flexiblis.” As a result, the skill of uniformed operators has atrophied. Fixing this problem requires the Marine Corps to reduce its dependency on contractors and train Marines instead.

Marines are the system operators, but when they run into difficulty their primary course of action is calling a contractor. Troublesome in training, this lack of independence can be lethal in combat…”

“Paying Pirates:Fire support’s dependence on contractors”
Sgt Timothy Caucutt ,Marine Corps Gazette

Read the whole thing.

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