111th Congress (2009-2010)
At this hearing on DOD appropriations, witnesses discussed DOD contracting for goods and services, including for private security services. Witnesses were asked about evolution of the culture of contracting within the Department of Defense and its changing nature over time and its impact on the Esprit de corps within the U.S. military. On page 411 of the transcript, there is also a breakout of contracts for contracted security forces by company. This is followed by a Q & A about contractor oversight.
At this hearing exploring DOD appropriations, witnesses were asked about illegal conduct by contractors and what the Department has done to tighten its authority over armed contractors in Afghanistan and other theatres of operations. Witnesses were also asked about the execution and oversight of contracts to train Afghan police forces.
At this hearing, witnesses Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were questioned about the number of contractors in Iraq and the types of tasks they perform, including whether contractors guard U.S. installations. They were also asked whether, how and when contractor support would be removed from Iraq.
At this hearing on DOD appropriations, witnesses discussed DOD contracting for goods and services, including for support services by private military firms. Witnesses were asked about airdrop operations accomplished by contractor support; withdraw of contractor support from Iraq; contractor access to DOD information and installations; and other contracting issues.
At this hearing on DOD appropriations, witnesses were asked about DOD contract support, including support by third-country nationals. A witness testified that the DOD has standardized procedures in place to vet third-country nationals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Witnesses also discussed military contracting generally, and the issues the military has faced with contractor oversight and contractor waste, fraud, and abuse.