"Outside service contracts", if done properly, will save money. The key is to determine if the work being contracted is work that must be done. If the answer is yes, you then determine if it is essential to have that work done by military personnel. If the answer is no, you determine what it will cost to do the work with in-house civilian employees. Then you put the work out to bid to see if an "ouside service contractor" can do the work for less money. If the answer is yes, you hire the contractor. It's really that simple.