Servants of War: Private Military Corporations and the Profit of Conflict


Private military firms are making a killing. They operate on all continents throughout the world-commissioned by governments, intelligence agencies, private industries, warlords, drug cartels, and rebel groups to support their militaries and investments.
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Private military firms are making a killing. They operate on all continents throughout the world-commissioned by governments, intelligence agencies, private industries, warlords, drug cartels, and rebel groups to support their militaries and investments.
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Publishers Weekly
Even in tragic times, someone always profits; in this exposé from author, scientist and anti-organized crime activist Uesseler, he looks at the private military firms that benefit quite directly from war-the messier, the better. The author ably details the ways these companies seek out business, such as the way Lockheed Martin subsidiary MPRI benefits from its parent company's close ties with the Pentagon: "Although the industry enjoyed near-total employment thanks to the 'war on terror'... companies themselves began looking for new threats to U.S. interests." With help from lobbyists and a number of interests lining up for their share-arms manufacturers, technology developers-private militias and their partners have manufactured Pentagon dependence on their equipment and expertise: "The arms industry had pushed these developments to the point where no weapons other than light arms could be used without the industry's proprietary electronic systems and IT networks." Uesseler effectively shows how these companies have solidified their grip on profits, using war as their business model. Unfortunately, Uesseler's style is textbook-dry, but his reporting is compelling and sure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593762025
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Business of War 1

2 Private Military Companies: The New Service Industry 19

3 The Clients: "Strong States, Corporate Masters, and Rebels" 45

4 Global Markets for Armed Force: Four Private Military Companies In Action 69

5 Globalization and "New Wars": A Short History of the Private War Economy 91

6 The End of the Cold War: Different Conditions for Military Services 111

7 Clientele Systems and Shadow Economics: The Development of New Security Needs 129

8 Dangerous Consequences: Militant Cooperation-Business and Private Military Firms 145

9 Out of Control: The Questionable Legality of the Privatization of force in the West 159

10 Deceptive Security: National Betrayal In the "Weak States" 179

11 Aid Organizations: In the Military Slipstream 193

12 Conflict Resolution without Private Military Companies? Markets for Violence versus state Monopolies 203

13 Preventing Crisis and Securing Peace 217

Conclusion 231

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