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What in the world are you talking about? How could you possibly read what I posted and think that I was "raking it in" from those contracts?

In my version of the English language, the word "committed" means pretty much the same as "obligated" or "spent." I've never heard anyone who thought it meant "raked in." Unless, of course, you use it in the form of, "I think some of the people on this forum should be committed -- which would mean that I think they should be taken in.

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expatriate wrote:
I'm no platoon commander. Platoon commanders don't get held accountable for $3 billion worth of stuff and hundreds of people.

Am I in charge of planning the war effort? No. Have I executed it? Yes. Have I worked policy at higher headquarters level? Yes. I would certainly never claim to be the one and only authority, because I've worked with a lot of people who know it much better than I. I'm not going to spell out who I am, my rank, and where I work because everything I post on here is my personal opinion and not that of my employer.

I will say, however, that I have a Master's Degree in Military Operational Art and Science, and that my research for that degree specialized in 4th Generation and asymmetric warfare. I've also spent a lot of time in lectures and asking questions of senior (i.e. 4-star) officers, the civilian secretaries they work for, people like former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and analysts from places like the Brookings Institute. While I was at it, I got to spend time getting to know officers from other nations' militaries, to include just about every Eastern block country, Israel, Jordan, central Asian nations, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Venezuela. I've also been around the world, to include places like Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Korea, and Japan.

But hey -- you sit in your sweats and cruise websites. Who am I to question your judgment when it comes to warfare, military affairs and geopolitics?

Just back from lounging around in my 'sweats' all day yesterday and after cranking out a few sets of 'bench' pressing. You know I'm dem so kinda weak and all gotta try and keep up with the valiant strong repubs. neener!

Anyway, I take it you were a supply and logistics Officer. You of all people should be pissed about the mercenary contractors, but if you are going to reap the benefits of them by possibly working for them I can understand your support of them.

It was years ago and I was a punk e-4 intell guy, but I met and briefed Captains and Admirals on geo political topics related to my area of analysis.

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I'm not ticked about "mercenary" contractors, because I know what they do and how the system works. If anything, I'm ticked about the rules put in place by the government that shackle my hands and lead to artificially inflated prices. Those represent dollars I could otherwise spend on capital improvements or things like cold weather gear for my people.

I know the intel guys you're talking about. I get briefed by them on a regular basis. They sit in the vault and dig through data fed to them by higher headquarters, and then boil it down to a short synopsis to pass on to others. It's pretty much what you do now.

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