Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

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Cornell University Press, 2003 - Law - 330 pages
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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 sstrategic advice from generals. This new "Privatized Military Industry" encompasses hundreds of companies, thousands of employees, and billions of dollars in revenue. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consquences have been little explored. The privatizatin 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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About the author (2003)

Peter Warren Singer graduated with a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University. Previous career experiences include working for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. He also served as the Defense Policy Task Force coordinator for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Singer is the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and was the youngest scholar named a Senior Fellow by the Institution. He has written the following books about contemporary warfare: Corporate Warriors, Children at War, and Wired for War. Corporate Warriors, about private companies providing services to the military, was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association. Children at War, which examines the role of child soldiers, was recognized as the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. Wired for War became a New York Times bestseller in the first week of its release and focuses on current technologies being used in warfare, including robotics. Singer is a frequent consultant and commentator and has written numerous articles for major publications including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and World Policy Journal, as well as spoken on the radio and appeared on television.

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