Contractors and War: The Transformation of United States’ Expeditionary Operations

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Christopher Kinsey, Malcolm Patterson
Stanford University Press, Jul 25, 2012 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The U.S. military is no longer based on a Cold War self-sufficient model. Today's armed forces are a third smaller than they were during the Cold War, and yet are expected to do as much if not more than they did during those years. As a result, a transformation is occurring in the way the U.S. government expects the military to conduct operations—with much of that transformation contingent on the use of contractors to deliver support to the armed forces during military campaigns and afterwards.

Contractors and War explains the reasons behind this transformation and evaluates how the private sector will shape and be shaped by future operations. The authors are drawn from a range of policy, legislative, military, legal, and academic backgrounds. They lay out the philosophical arguments supporting the use of contractors in combat and stabilization operations and present a spectrum of arguments that support and criticize emergent private sector roles. The book provides fresh policy guidance to those who will research, direct, and carry out future deployments.


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Contractors in US Global Activities
Reconstruction and Stabilization Operations
The Evolving Relationship between
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Legal Aspects of Future US Operations
The Need for
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How to Decide When a Contractor Source Is Better to
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Christopher Kinsey is a senior lecturer in international security at King's College London, based in the Defence Studies Department at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. Malcolm Hugh Patterson teaches international law and international relations at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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