Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

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Cornell University Press, 2004 - Law - 330 pages

Some have claimed that'War is too important to be left to the generals, 'but P. W. Singer asks'What about the business executives?'Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. Their products range from trained commando teams to strategic advice from generals.

This new'Privatized Military Industry'encompasses hundreds of companies, thousands of employees, and billions of dollars in revenue. Whether as proxies or suppliers, such firms have participated in wars in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. More recently, they have become a key element in U.S. military operations. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consequences have been little explored.

In this book, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications. Corporate Warriors includes a description of how the business works, as well as portraits of each of the basic types of companies: military providers that offer troops for tactical operations; military consultants that supply expert advice and training; and military support companies that sell logistics, intelligence, and engineering.

The privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the entrance of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises a series of troubling questions'for democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.

 

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Contents

An Era of Corporate Warriors?
3
Privatized Military History
19
The Privatized Military Industry Distinguished
40
Why Security Has Been Privatized
49
ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION
71
The Global Industry of Military Services
73
The Privatized Military Industry Classified
88
The Military Provider Firm Executive Outcomes
101
Market Dynamism and Global Security Disruptions
169
Private Firms and the CivilMilitary Balance
191
Public Ends Private Military Means?
206
Morality and the Privatized Military Firm
216
Conclusions
230
PMFs on the Web
243
PMF Contract
245
Notes
255

The Military Consulting Firm MPRI
119
The Military Support Firm Brown Root
136
IMPLICATIONS
149
Contractual Dilemmas
151

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P. W. Singer is National Security Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy towards the Islamic World. He has served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the International Peace Academy. Singer has been featured in the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Globe, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. He has also appeared as an expert commentator on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, FOX, NBC, and NPR (including a feature interview on Fresh Air).

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