Hired Guns

Hired Guns

Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom

eBook - 2010
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The use of armed private security contractors (PSCs) in the Iraq war has been unprecedented. Not only government agencies but also journalists, reconstruction contractors, and nongovernmental organizations frequently view them as a logical choice to fill their security needs, yet there have been a number of reports of PSCs committing serious, and sometimes fatal, abuses of power in Iraq. This study uses a systematic, empirically based survey of opinions of U.S. military and State Department personnel on the ground in Iraq to shed light on the following questions: To what extent are armed PSCs perceived to be imposing costs on the U.S. military effort? If so, are those costs tempered by positive contributions? How has the use of PSCs affected U.S. military operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom? While the military personnel did report some incidents of unnecessarily threatening, arrogant, or belligerent contractor behavior, the survey results indicate that neither the U.S. military nor State Department personnel appear to perceive PSCs to be "running wild" in Iraq. Moreover, respondents tended to consider PSCs a force multiplier rather than an additional strain on military troops, but both military and State Department respondents held mixed views regarding the contribution of armed contractors to U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2010.
ISBN: 0833049828
9780833049827
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxvi, 115 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Cotton, Sarah K.
ebrary, Inc
Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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