Monday, May 08, 2017

You Can't Subcontract Oversight

Privatized military capabilities are a part of modern military operations (and they have a long history). But that doesn't mean contractors don't need to have oversight like any government-run entity:

More than 150 documents obtained by AP, as well as interviews with more than a half-dozen former or current Sallyport employees, show how a contractor ran amok after being hired for lucrative and essential combat support operations [at Balad Air Base in Iraq]. The investigators and other witnesses describe grave security breaches and illegal schemes that went unreported until the government asked about them.

It should go without saying that this is unacceptable.