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Corporate Warriors : The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

Corporate Warriors : The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801489150

ISBN13: 978-0801489150
ISBN10: 0801489156
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Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Published: 2003
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Corporate Warriors : The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801489150

P. W. Singer

ISBN13: 978-0801489150
ISBN10: 0801489156
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Cornell University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

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 gunsforhire 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 questionsfor democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Rise

1. An Era of Corporate Warriors?
2. Privatized Military History
3. The Privatized Military Industry Distinguished
4. Why Security Has Been Privatized

Pt. II Organization and Operation

5. The Global Industry of Military Services
6. The Privatized Military Industry Classified
7. The Military Provider Firm: Executive Outcomes
8. The Military Consultant Firm: MPRI
9. The Military Support Firm: Brown & Root

Pt. III Implications

10. Contractual Dilemmas
11. Market Dynamism and Global Disruptions
12. Private Firms and the Civil-Military Balance
13. Public Ends, Private Military Means?
14. Morality and the Privatized Military Firm
15. Conclusions

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