Since September 11th, the intelligence community has handed off many of its responsibilities to private contractors. The private intelligence industry has grown, and been paid billions by the government despite a culture of waste and mismanagement. Because the intelligence community and contractors now share many similar responsibilities, the line distinguishing the two is blurry.
Qualified government employees leave jobs to work for private companies, who then immediately contract them back to perform intelligence jobs for the government. In the first of a three-part investigative series, the Washington Post reports on the problems inherent in using government contractors to do jobs that encroach on, and some cases, overlap, many core functions of government intelligence agencies.
For analysis, we talk with Allison Sanger, author of "One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy," and Josh Rogin, staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine.