In another time, when the threat of the cold war was still around, I think the star wars program was justified.
It's worth continuing, they test the YAL-1 out here sometimes. Used it to shoot down a UAV last year, I hear it worked pretty well.
It wasn't practical for anything other than PR back then, but it's actually viable now.
Ok, so here's my spiel:
Military Contractors. These need to go with the exception of the ones that provide a specialized service that the military does not have in its skillset, here are some examples:
Cooks: Every branch has a cooking career field, but they don't cook. For instance, in the Air Force we have Services. Their entire job is MWR(Morale, Welfare, Recreation), and cooking, there are lots of Services people. But we don't use them to cook unless we're in the field, and even now in Afghanistan and Iraq, they aren't cooking. They are running the gyms and conducting recreational programs. Instead we pay
people to be cooks for us, and this is also a major security risk.
Security/Law Enforcement: People like me who do the police role in a military uniform on base are quickly fading. We are now using tons and tons of underpaid and undertrained Do D
Police, as well as civilian contractors, for base security. We have
cops damnit, and damn good ones, they just decided that if they have contractors do it then they can just deploy us constantly.
Administration: It's quickly becoming a problem that instead of high ranking officers being our admins, it's contractors who do the job. I'm not content to have some fucking GS-13 Do D
Contractor have authority
over me or an entire department of soldiers, that's bullshit.
Gardening/Upkeep: This is what we have E-1 to E-3 ranks for damnit, there's a pecking order for a reason
. It costs us pennies to pay our lowest ranking troops to do this shit, compared to some 60,000 dollar contract being taken out to have some dudes hedge bushes and trim trees and grass.
Extravagant Research Programs: Flying humvees with helicopter rotors? Give me a fucking break, we'll never use that. We need less focus on super high-tech toys, because then they don't teach troops how to maintain them, only how to use them. We then hire civilians with expensive contracts to come out and perform basic maintenance on these toys, which are hardly ever in working order... BECAUSE NONE OF OUR TROOPS ARE ALLOWED TO FIX THEM! The budget for one of these projects could keep my entire base open for several years most of the time!
Construction: We have an entire Corps of engineers in every branch who can do this shit, but instead we hire civilian construction companies to do it. Their work is often shoddy, and it takes 4x as long for them to do the work, they purposely drag it out so they can milk us for more cash. Military engineers finish the job fast
, because they get paid on salary anyway, and the quicker they get that shit done, the quicker they can relax and not have to work so hard. They also take pride in their work.
Then there's also the cycle of how we spend money for our wars... When we cut spending on the military, the first thing they cut are troops. They don't cut most of the contracting, they don't cut all the expensive ass doohickeys, they cut troops. Despite what they make you think with all the bullshit about medical bills, we really aren't that expensive to maintain. During peacetime, they keep us with an undermanned force, then when a war kicks up, they spin everything up and start hiring the shit out of people, luring them in with huge 60,000 dollar bonuses for critical career fields, most of these folks are brand new young folk who have no experience and will get out within one to two contracts.
This makes no fucking sense. Cut the contractors and make us self-sufficient again, quit dropping billions on projects that Generals think are stupid, and keep a decent sized force of experienced soldiers who care about their job enough to stick around. Contracting all of our services out is bad for the war effort
. If we ever have a surprise threat that doesn't give us time for a spin-up the way we do when we attack, then we're fucked.
edited 16th Feb '11 10:47:22 AM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.