By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen
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Perhaps it isn’t a bad thing that the Department of Defense is faced with some healthy competition. S. Air Force, in particular, has had a tough time through the years retaining pilots who might be lured out of the service for much higher paying jobs flying commercial airliners. The DoD has addressed this problem, at least in part, by developing compensation and benefits packages, including fair pay, retirement, and a bonus system that recognizes the extraordinary demands of military service on the individual service members and their families.
More than three hundred American contractors have been killed in Iraq alone. We haven’t heard much about most of them. Most war zone contractors know they have a thankless job; they ask for little sympathy, and receive even less. Their deaths are looked upon by most of the world as a natural consequence of the job. It’s all blood money, anyway, so why should it come easy? They know the risks they face, and if they touch a hot stove, they should expect to get burned. But one question hardly ever seems to get asked—where would we be without them?
In January 2005, the Iraqi people were presented with a series of slick television ads that promoted unity among Iraq’s three major parties. One video clip portrayed Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds engaged in an angry exchange. Children from the three groups rush forward to hug one another. The adults in the video clip look on with embarrassment over their own prejudicial behavior. ” No firm has stepped forward to take credit for the paid advertisements, and the stations themselves remain mum on the subject, but the skills behind them had all the hallmarks of a Madison Avenue ad agency.