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 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 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 Corporate Warriors, 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.
This updated edition of Singer's already classic account of the military services industry and its broader implications 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 allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the introduction of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises troubling questionsfor democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Series:||Cornell Studies in Security Affairs Series|
|Edition description:||Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)|
Table of Contents
PART 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
PART 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
PART 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
The Lessons of Iraq
Appendix I. PMFs on the Web
Appendix 2. PMF Contract
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This a fantastic book for anyone interested in the forces that shape global politics and those interested in unique new business. Singer, through rigorous research and superb organization, describes the private military industry in great detail and classifies different companies based on the products they provide. Singer's writing is engaging and thought provoking, providing historical detail that takes the reader to Sierra Leone, the Balkans among other places in order to better describe this growing industry. Throughout the book, Singer focuses on what the rise of the private military industry might mean to the way states are organized and how their authority is expressed. Singer's writing is no way biased for or against this new industry as many are in popular press and elsewhere. Instead, Singer approaches this subject clinically; describing, analyzing and illuminating trends that may come into conflict with current views as to who has the legitimacy in the use of force and its effect on civil-military relations.