Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $68 million award to provide personnel for operating Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems at forward operating bases (FOB) supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
These are civilian contractors running combat equipment in the war zone. Certainly not the “mercenaries” that critics like to paint but more than cooks and logistics personnel, too.
Should the technical personnel running C-RAMs be trained military rather than civilians? In principle, I’m inclined to say ‘yes.’ But I wonder if that would be the best way to go about it.
I first blogged about C-RAM in 2005: R2-D2 vs. Mortar Rounds.