From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Few defense analysts follow the private training industry, and the government reveals little about its use of these contractors. So there is no estimate on the number of such companies or how much money they make. But analysts can say the privatization of military training has been on the rise since the end of the Cold War, as troop strength decreased but the number of roles for the forces swelled. "As the military is stressed, one of the easiest things to outsource is training because you can just bring retired people back to do it," said Deborah Avant, a political-science professor at the University of California Irvine who studies private military and security firms.

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