I’d like to take this thread in a slightly different direction for a moment please. I’ve been and still am in the military (US Air Force…flexibility is the key to airpower don’tcha know) for the past twenty years now and I see a significant trend that I believe is effecting all of the western world’s military. Over the last 5 – 10yrs many jobs and skills that aren’t specifically combat have been “out-sourced” to private companies and contractors. The result is less people wearing the uniform and this action allegedly saves the government money because they no longer have to deal with the secondary/tertiary costs associated with keeping a standing military (i.e. health benefits, retirement, etc.). Do you think this is good, bad, or are you indifferent on the subject. I have my own opinion but I’ll keep it to myself until I hear what you guys have to say.