The United Nation’s system of contracting with private companies for goods and services is badly in need of reform. Take one example: the procurement of air transport services. The UN spends more than $500 million a year on air transportation services. Yet, when it comes to awarding contracts, US firms, the best breed in the world, are virtually aced out. In 2015, the UN spent nearly $585 million on air transport services; U.S. firms won a paltry $9 million of work. Ambassador Haley and Secretary of State Tillerson need to advocate both for UN procurement reform and for world-class U.S. companies that deserve a fair chance to compete on an even playing field. I have written more about this for The National Interest here.
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