Firms such as Lockheed Martin Corp., which traditionally have focused on big-ticket military hardware, see a growing market for companies that can support stability operations because the military is stretched thin and needs outside help - particularly in civilian-oriented jobs such as reconstruction and infrastructure development. A U.S. Air Force team in Botswana recently showed local forces how to load aircraft for tactical missions.\n While military-civilian work has been growing, two Government Accountability Office reports last year highlighted the lack of coordination between the Defense Department and other agencies. Diplomats have praised Gates' attempts to highlight the importance of nationbuilding as a means to prevent full-scale wars, but they remain skeptical that the civilian agencies will have the clout to help achieve these goals considering that the the ratio between military and non-military national security spending is now 17 to 1.
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