Tips for Vetting Military Contractors

In the current environment in Washington, there is every reason to believe that any Republicans reading this post may be called upon to serve in a high-level post in the Bush Administration, if only because everybody else has already had a go. With this in mind, I thought I’d hip you to a few “Contract Negotiations for Dummies” rules of vetting multi-million dollar military contracts that might help you better steer the ship of state towards the victory I know you Republicans all ache for.

For example, if the vice president of “Contractor Company A” is a licensed masseur, that is a bad sign. It’s a good sign if you’re feeling a bit achy and in need of therapy, but it doesn’t really bespeak a lot of military experience. Not unless that experience is in the army of Louis the XVI.

Another red flag to keep an eye out for: if the company you plan to supply arms to your allies operates out of an unmarked office in Miami, you’re probably going to want to get a receipt at minimum.  In a similar vein, if the president of the company is a 22 year old who has used his military contractor status to avoid prosecution in a domestic dispute, you’ll probably want to double-check that bill of sale.

Otherwise, you might end up with ammunition manufactured in China in 1966.  Lots more revelations today in the New York Times.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.