I conducted personal interviews with individuals I identified as the research project progressed who would be able to provide me with information and insights on the topics in this book. The warm reception I received from this array of professionals was truly gratifying. Everyone I spoke with made clear that the issue of reform, not only of contractors but to some degree also of national security policy making, could benefit from objective analysis by a bureaucracy and industry outsider. It must be noted that the professional staff of the U.S. Congress can speak only on background and must not be named in any publication. I regret that I am not able to single them out by name for their generosity in sharing both their time and invaluable expertise.
Gordon Adams: Stimson Center, Washington, DC, on January 6, 2009. Professor Gordon Adams is an academic with expertise in defense economics and has held positions in the U.S. executive and legislative branches. He has been directly involved in several defense reform initiatives.
Arch Barrett: Lago Azul, outside Austin, Texas, December 8–10, 2008. Mr. Barrett was a USAF colonel during the Vietnam War and later served as a staffer in the House of Representatives, where he was the single most important author of the GoldwaterNichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. He oversaw the implementation of Joint Professional Military Education via the Skelton Panel on Professional Military Education and later served as principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army.
Kathy Brinkley: Meeting in Washington, DC, on February 24, 2009. Kathy Brinkley is a long-time contracting officer at the Military Sealift Command. She is an expert on contacting, including on contracting officer representatives.
Doug Brooks: Washington, DC, February 24, June 15, September 16, and October 7, 2009. Doug Brooks is president of the International Peace Operations Association and