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Pentagon Business Goes to the Small Fry

Foreign wars create opportunities for small and nimble contractors

Beetle Bailey, the comic strip Army private, has peeled a lot of potatoes.

Real-life army grunts have more important things to do on the modern battlefield, goes the thinking at the Pentagon these days. The scut work—and a good deal more—is outsourced to companies that can swoop in with people, basic resources, and technical know-how.