June 28, 2010

Richard Fontaine Testifies on Contracting in Combat Zones - June 29, 2010

The Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) Senior Fellow Richard Fontaine testifies at a congressional hearing before the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on the role of contractors in warzones. The hearing will focus on the implications of contracting and potential areas for reform. Watch a video of the hearing here.

“Contracting in Combat Zones: Who Are Our Subcontractors?”

Tomorrow, June 29, 2010 at 10:00 A.M.

2154 Rayburn House Office Building

At the hearing, Fontaine - along with other expert witnesses - will examine problems with current U.S. government contracts and oversight mechanisms and will suggest potential areas for reform to achieve greater visibility, accountability, and control over contractors and subcontractors.  Fontaine is the co-author of the recent CNAS report Contracting in Conflicts: The Path to Reform, which calls on the U.S. government to embark on a path of ambitious reform that will increase federal oversight and better protect U.S. taxpayer dollars from potential waste, fraud and abuse.

Richard Fontaine joined CNAS in September 2009.  He previously served as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years.  He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

For additional information on the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, click here.