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“Civilian Expeditionary Workforce”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 11:19 pm

In what might be the first step in an attempt to cut the defense budget, I give you this.

The move is seen by some as an initial step towards fulfilling president Obama’s promise to form a civilian national security force as powerful as the U.S. military.

Wow.  I really can’t even begin to tell you how warm and fuzzy this makes me feel inside.  You think the uniforms will be brown?

And how about this little gem?

The intent of the program “is to maximize the use of the civilian workforce to allow military personnel to be fully utilized for operational requirements,” according to a Defense Department report.

I’ve seen less drivel come off of corporate memos.

The directive, which is effective immediately, states that civilian employees of the DoD will be asked to sign agreements stating that they will deploy in support of military missions for up to two years if needed.

Workforce members, who are divided into different designations under the directive, will serve overseas in support of humanitarian, reconstruction and, if necessary, combat-support missions.

You know what we call people like that around where I live?  Military personel.  Soldiers, sailors, and Marines.  And while “every effort will be made to reassign the employee to a nondeploying position” should the employee not want to deploy, there is a lovely loophole:

Management retains the authority to direct and assign civilian employees, either voluntarily, involuntarily, or on an unexpected basis to accomplish the DoD mission.

So don’t go making plans there, civie…

And I love how it’s “up to two years” for overseas deployment.  I recall the Left going insane over military personnel shipping out for 12 months, and they want to make civilians go for up to two years?

Yeah, there is no way this can end badly…


  1. I recall the Left going insane…

    And they still haven’t recovered.

    Comment by backwoods conservative — 1/31/2009 @ 3:39 am

  2. Hmmm

    Will the uniforms be brown????

    Comment by EricPWJohnson — 1/31/2009 @ 4:13 am

  3. Sounds like they essentially want to Nationalize firms like Kellogg, Brown & Root, and Blackwater International, who have been providing many of these functions (and more) on a contract basis; or, will this be a way to internationalize (and fund) ACORN?

    Comment by AD — 1/31/2009 @ 8:03 am

  4. I wonder if England (who is an idiot, based on his time as Secretary of the Navy) and others at the Defense Department talked with the Government Employees union about this? I’m sure that it went over like a fart in church…

    Many of the civil service employees in the DoD are former or retired military personnel who have done their time being deployed. I don’t know too many of them that would want to go into the deployment cycle again.

    Comment by fmfnavydoc — 1/31/2009 @ 8:21 am

  5. Well, another possibility is to conscript the Chrm and staff of the relevant Cong/Sen Cmte that has oversight of a problem you’re having overseas, and send them.
    They’re all experts on how to do things correctly, efficiently, and in the best interest of the USA, right?
    Just think how pleasant things will be in DC if 90-95% of the Members and staff were working in-the-field in some …-forsaken back-water where their Blackberry’s don’t work?

    (((I’ve got to adjust these meds, too many halucinations)))

    Comment by AD — 1/31/2009 @ 10:03 am

  6. Does anyone remember how receptive the State Department bureauRats were in accepting relatively well paid assignments overseas?
    Now the illegal alien pres wants to conscript DOD employees?
    Is it time to start a secession discussion yet?

    Comment by MaaddMaaxx — 1/31/2009 @ 11:05 am

  7. Comment by MaaddMaaxx — 1/31/2009 @ 11:05 am

    Discussion settled in 1865!
    It would be mindful to check the zero on your personal weapons, and that you have a sufficient supply of ammunition and rations – remember, strategy and tactics can lose a war, but it takes logistics to win.

    Comment by AD — 2/1/2009 @ 11:49 am

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