Should the U.S. use private contractors to spy, pilot drones, or directly influe

  1. Daniel J. Neumann profile image59
    Daniel J. Neumannposted 8 years ago

    Should the U.S. use private contractors to spy, pilot drones, or directly influence the war effort?

    Should there be a "privatized military" rules of engagement? If you haven't heard about this, here's a great page on Xe (formerly known as Blackwater):

  2. cresandsuzanne profile image61
    cresandsuzanneposted 8 years ago

    yes.  my father is a civillian contractor for Northrop Grumman and he has managed almost every major uav program since the late '80s-so i've spent many years with the kind of people who do these jobs.  My father was a fighter pilot for 20 years-and a vietnam veteran with a purple heart.  He can retire whenever he wants BUT HE DOES'NT BECAUSE he loves knowing that  HIS JOB WILL SAVE A SOLDIER'S LIFE!  He used to BE the guy that got shot at while flying over enemy territory-he KNOWS what its like to eject at 5000 feet while doing mach 4-IT SUCKS!  Most people who do these jobs now-do it so they can prevent others from HAVING to do it.  My dad always says "if i can save ONE american soldier from unnecessary harm-my whole career was worthwile"

  3. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 8 years ago

    What you are really asking is "should we as a country employ mercenaries to fight our battles?"  Certainly there are probably those among us who would say so.  The moral answer is a resounding "no".  We fight for what we as Americans believe in terms of a democratic world.  Anything that falls short of that premise we need to stay away from and certainly do not need to hire other people to do.  That makes "war" a commercial "for profit" terms of big government, that becomes big business...not a way you want to go morally. WB


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