Accession Number:

ADA513690

Title:

Civilian Contractors Providing Logistics and Support on the Battlefield

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-02-19

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The reliance of civilian contractors on todays battlefield stems from four significant events in recent military history. The four events include the reduction in military manpower, the government push to privatize existing military functions, growing reliance on contractors to maintain sophisticated weapon systems and military vehicles, and mandated troop ceilings. By having civilian contractors focus on what are sometimes considered mundane tasks, troops can focus on being trigger pullers. The problem is that civilian contracting companies tend to focus on monetary gain vice mission accomplishment on the battlefield, they make better wages than Armed Forces personnel, they display questionable proficiency, and they have no military command and control, all of which threaten mission accomplishment and the Armed Forces ability to perform their primary duties as warfighters.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE