For the first time in American history there are the same number of people engaged in logistical endeavors as there are troops in combat. A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reveals there are as many private contractors functioning in Iraq as there are members of the armed forces. The report believes many problems have arisen by having such a large number of civilians including an inability to supervise logistical operations to ensure money is being well spent. The report also notes an estimated 30,000 private security personnel have been hired to protect US government civilians working in Iraq. The presence of private security companies has antagonized many members of the military since those in the armed forces ear about $160-$190 per day as contrasted with private fees that can go up to $1,222 a day.
The press has recently been filled with reports of huge cost overruns by private contractors who have been allocated at least $100 billion for projects in Iraq that, for the most part, have either not even begun or completed. It is clear if America has to fight wars it needs a draft so there are sufficient soldiers available to do the job. During World War II, the famous Seabees were famous for the quick manner in which they constructed airfields or did the jobs currently being done by private contractors at a much lower cost.