No one likes to believe that their jobs are online. But, American workers do understand that if they don’t get the materials and tools they need, the Defense Department will probably be less productive, hence decreasing American’s strength and resulting in a long set of costly military engagements and wars. In this increasingly precarious economic environment Defense contractors must find ways to perform military defense and non-military contracting functions more efficiently and economically. One way that this can be accomplished is through the use of foreign labour – especially in countries such as India and France. The U.S. military spends billions of dollars every year on contracts with countries across the world, yet many assert that this funding does little to help America’s bottom line.
The U.S. government has approved a plan to outsource nearly all its Defense Department needs to vendors in countries such as India and France. By outsourcing thousands of jobs like aircraft maintenance, weapons research and development, and bae systems development, the U.S. military can continue to operate internationally, yet remain deeply involved with the nation’s safety events. There’s an increasing public relations pressure from congressmen to find the money to keep the defense budget at historically very low levels – this strain is already causing Defense department officials to look for further outsourcing partners abroad.
Using overseas labor undercuts the national labor market in America, but it also increases the total efficiency of the Defense Department. With less time on hand to spend on maintenance and other essential projects, the Defense Department is able to reduce costs by focusing on core operations. Outsourcing American aerospace jobs to overseas suppliers allows the department to focus its limited resources on its core missions and lessens the number of people necessary to execute U.S. contractor duties. The cost savings for U.S. citizens is ensured when foreign suppliers share the burden of doing work that would normally have been performed in-house.