A bipartisan commission released a report today that says the unprecedented use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan has wasted tens of billions of dollars. The commission is headed by former Rep. Chris Shays (a straight-shooting moderate Republican) and Michael Thibault, former deputy director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Among the not-so-shocking revelations: "the government has abdicated its contracting responsibilities - too often using contractors as the default mechanism ... without consideration for the resources needed to manage them."
Former contractor-turned-author Bob Shepherd has been arguing this for years (see his archive with us). However, about $177 billion since 2002 later, the US government may finally agree.