Technical Service at Its Best

A conversation held a year ago

Rob Bruce

Technical Service at Its Best

Defense Media Network

If the Corps of Engineers can’t do it, who will?” asked Don Kisicki, deputy chief of Interagency and International Services (IIS) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, referring to a vast array of…

Published: 23 March 2011, 4:00 am

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Brian Yap I have always wondered why a free market loving government has a Corps of Engineers. Sounds socialist to me. Shouldn’t it be private enterprise doing this?Thursday at 14:16 · Like

Rob Bruce Agreed to a certain extent. The Corps should deliver where the risks are such that private enterprise are too costly on a fully risk priced basis. But then that answer begs the question of why so much work is being done in Afghanistan and Iraq by “private contractors”.Thursday at 16:02 · Like

Brian Yap I’s agree if it was dangerous and what you have said is right. But they helps out after Hurricane Katrina and do lots of work in the states. Is America really that dangerous?Thursday at 16:58 · Like

Rob Bruce Sorry Brian, I left out post disaster efforts. Personally I think that is an excellent capability that creates a strategic resource pool that comes fully equipped. Very useful and prevents certain ripoff elementsThursday at 18:34 · Like

Brian Yap It seems to me we have never required such a thing here in Australia. we have perfectly good police forces and fire fighter and health care professionals that we do not need to rely on a military style intervention to save the day. It seems to me that getting the army to do things is having government control by stealth.


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