Hey, let's privatize our military! http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/04/02/1080544691675.html The article mostly talks about mercenaries, but in more general terms, there's been a lot of privatization going on with military functions. It started with support roles like the big tanker planes that handle mid-air refueling. I hadn't realized this privatization stuff has spread to ground-pounders. Sheesh.