The privatization of government functions [in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere] has once again empowered corporate dominance and weakened the traditional role of government. There are eighteen military and civilian intelligence agencies, and seventy percent of their combined budgets is outsourced to corporations, who use the experience and expertise gained on these projects to provide similar services to other corporations, as well as foreign governments. The Pentagon has privatized sixty-nine percent of its workforce. [Investigative journalist Jeremy] Scahill pointed out the overwhelming privatization of the Afghanistan war effort. As of this writing , there are 104,000 Department of Defense contractors and sixty-eight thousand troops, almost 1.5 corporate employees for every member of the military. The State Department in Afghanistan has hired an additional fourteen thousand private contractors.
— fromDeath of the Liberal Classby Chris Hedges