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Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Updated Edition)

by P W Singer Cornell University Press
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In an updated edition of P. W. Singer's classic account of the military services industry and its broader implications, the author describes the continuing importance of that industry in the Iraq War. This conflict has amply borne out Singer's argument that the privatization of warfare illows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is -arried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the introduction of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises troubling questions'or democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security
it is clear that civilian contractors will be a significantfiature in America's military landscape in the twenty-first century. Only by learning about this ~ast and rapidly expanding industry will citizens and lawmakers develop ~ome measure of oversight and control over the shadow army.

Radden Keefe, New York Review ofBooks, 12 August 2004

''...promises to be the gold standard ofanalysisfbr years to come...
-David Isenberg, Asia Times, 20 December 2003

Thefirst notable book on the subject. ''-The Financial Times, 11 August 2003

''corporate Warriors mightjust be a paradigm shift. It may change the way
7cople look at histoiy and analyze current events.
-Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail, 31 August 2003

'Provides a sweeping survey of'the work oI'MPPJ, Airscan, Dyncorp,
Brown & Root, andscores of'otherfirms. '' -The Atlantic Monthly, October 2003

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

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

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

The Lessons of Iraq
Appendix I. PMFs on the Web
Appendix 2. PMF Contract


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).