When we talk about learning the fine art of outsourcing, there’s probably no one better than our very own US President Bush to begin with. His presidency is marked by great outsourcing ideas. A recent article in the New York Times describes how the Coast Guard has run a $17 billion modernization program. The huge bill was thanks to the expertise that the Coast Guard outsourced to two of the nation’s largest military contractors. They were supposed to plan, supervise and deliver the new vessels and helicopters. And the result? Expensive ships that aren’t seaworthy.
Now that we’ve checked out the home front, let’s take a look at the international scene. They first bomb the place down and promise a good regime. Then when it comes time to help the Afghan government train a new police force, our great administrators outsourced the work to DynCorp International, a private contractor. Today, after throwing $1.1 billion into this police-training project, Afghanistan still doesn’t have an effective police-training program.