As troops are replaced with private security contractors, it would be foolish for a new administration to continue to ignore the vivid warnings of what happens when the U.S. outsources its inherent governmental functions.
The same political ideology of outsourcing and privatization of military logistics functions that has made a household name of Halliburton nearly caused harm to American troops, thanks to a KBR subcontractor.
The failure to establish effective accountability over private security contractors (PSCs) hasn't just obscured important truths about how our nation secures its foreign policy -- it has allowed some reckless actors to repeatedly endanger this goal.
The president needs to ban Lockheed Martin and all other government contractors that get more than half their revenues from government from engaging in any political activities at all. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for this lobbying.
The U.S. Border Patrol's announcement that it was seeking to hire a contractor for "strategic consulting" services first raised eyebrows in July. Perhaps it wasn't much of a surprise that the contract went to a firm loaded with former government insiders.