A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq

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Zenith Press, 2006 - History - 304 pages
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As the U.S. Army shrinks, a private army steps into the breach. A Bloody Business offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes and into the ranks of this mercenary force (numbering as many as 15,000 today) who guard supply convoys, train foreign soldiers, provide security for foreign leaders and dignitaries and whose workplaces are the most dangerous hot spots on the planet.  With its insights into who these men are, what drives them, where they come from, how they prepare, and what they do, this book provides a uniquely close-up and complete picture of the private army behind America s military muscle.   The author interviewed security contractors and their families, high-ranking coalition officials, and was in Iraq, where he witnessed how private soldiers fought ambushes, trained Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officials in dangerous conditions, and saw the contractor side of the Iraq war. Includes action on the supply lines and front lines of this unique conflict, and the stories of the contractors who live it every day.     
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
12
The Growth of War Zone Contractors
25
Five Criticisms of Private Military Contracting
40
Becoming a Contractor
58
A Drive through the War Zone
78
Trucking Contractors I An Overview
93
The Mail Run
98
Iraqi Boot Camp
141
Team Viper
153
Security Contractors I An Overview
167
The Fog of War
175
The Knife Fighter
187
The Ransom
212
Bomb Dogs
231
The Welcome Committee
239

Flaming Wheels
108
Malfunction Junction
120
Training Contractors I An Overview
124
Gods Will
128
Postscript
256
Security and Training Companies in Iraq
263
Index
302
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Gerry Schumacher retired as a colonel in 1997, after 32 years of service with the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves including 20 years in Special Forces.  A lecturer at preeminent think tanks and a frequent guest on network television and national radio, he lives in Marin County, California.

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