Gates Questions Private Contractor Training for Military

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is questioning the widespread use of civilian contractors to train US military personnel, writes the Navy Times.

“In my mind, the fundamental question that remains unanswered is this: Why have we come to rely on private contractors to provide combat or combat-related security training for our forces?” Gates wrote in a memo to Mullen that was released Monday to The Associated Press by the office of Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

“Further, are we comfortable with this practice, and do we fully understand the implications in terms of quality, responsiveness and sustainability?”


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