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Senate investigates war-zone contractors citing lax oversight and "reckless"outsourcing

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for stricter oversight of what they termed “reckless” government contractors operating in war zones, including Afghanistan. They criticized the common practice of outsourcing high-risk work to smaller firms, worrying about accountability and the difficulty that such layers of players poses to effective government oversight of defense contracts. A Senate Armed Services Committee is examining the oversight of  of military contractors in Afghanistan, specifically Raytheon, Co.’s contracting of a Blackwater affiliate, Paravant LLC, to train Afghan forces. The Senate investigation into Paravant uncovered problems with poorly vetted workers, possession of unauthorized weapons, and shooting incidents that resulted in the deaths of Afghan civilians.

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