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Ann Op-Ed in The New York Times

Following the revelation that an armed security contractor with a criminal background was operating the elevator President Obama was riding on at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ann possess the crucial question in her New York Times op-ed  A Perilous Dependence on Contractors: “How thoroughly does the government vet the private security contractors that an increasing number of agencies employ?” 

She argues that the incident is the most recent warning that the U.S. government “has become dependent on contractors for our defense and security. But the speed of that industry’s development and our consumption of its services far surpass the agencies’ ability to hold contractors accountable for the vetting and training of their employees.” 

Ann ends the op-ed with this haunting paragraph: “The thought of what could have happened in that elevator in Atlanta should horrify all Americans. If that isn’t enough to shake us out of our complacency toward contractors, what is?”

Read the full op-ed on nytimes.com.

Ann on ‘In Depth’

Ann Hagedorn shared the story of former Special Forces translator Kadhim Alkanani, who was shot by a U.S. military contractor in Iraq, on “In Depth” with Francis Rose among other topics related to the private military industry.

Listen to the Ann’s full appearance on the Federal News Radio program here.

Listen to Ann on ‘Up to Date’

Ann Hagedorn was recently featured on Kansas City, Mo.-based KCUR’s “Up to Date” program.

In the interview, Ann talks about how private military contractors came to dominate the U.S. war zones in the Middle East. Beginning in March 2003, a “bonanza of contracts” gave rise to many of the largest private military companies that have gone on to receive billions of dollars from the U.S. government in support of its missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Listen to Ann’s full appearance on “Up to Date” here.