The US Army is considering outsourcing most of its communications and IT operations as part of the largest transfer of jobs to the private sector by a government agency.
The jobs of 58,727 military personnel, and 154,910 civilian employees who perform support functions such as communications and IT, could be outsourced, according to the Washington Post.
Army Secretary Thomas E. White wrote in an internal memo that the Army needs to direct as many resources as it can to anti-terrorism efforts, and let support jobs go to the private sector where the administration believes they can be done more cheaply.
"The Army must focus its energies and talents on its core competencies, i.e. the functions we perform better than anyone else, and seek to obtain other needed products or services from the private sector where it makes sense," said White in the memo.
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