Senate Report on Military Contractors: 'Wasted Resources'

Friday, October 08, 2010

U.S. Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) speaks during a news conference October 7, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty)

A new report out by the Senate Armed Services Committee reveals more problems with our heavy use of private security contractors in the war in Afghanistan. The committee’s chair, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), described "wasted resources" and “wide gaps in government oversight."

Though we’ve known about the committee’s investigation for months, Levin's strong language could signal a change in the way business is done with these contracting companies. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich describes the Senator's language and what it portends.

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Jen Poyant


Todd Zwillich

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