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A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the by Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business deals an extraordinary glance behind the curtain and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 this present day) who shield provide convoys, educate overseas infantrymen, offer defense for international leaders and dignitaries—and whose offices are the main harmful sizzling spots at the planet.  With its insights into who those males are, what drives them, the place they arrive from, how they arrange, and what they do, this publication presents a uniquely close-up and whole photograph of the non-public military in the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed protection contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and used to be in Iraq, the place he witnessed how inner most infantrymen fought ambushes, knowledgeable Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in harmful stipulations, and observed the contractor facet of the Iraq warfare. contains motion at the offer strains and entrance strains of this particular clash, and the tales of the contractors who reside it each day.


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Contracting agencies offer services to companies and allied governments around the world that require their expertise in executive protection, hostage rescue, language translation, strategic defense planning, airborne security operations, building oil pipelines, securing Africa’s diamond mines, and, in the case of Sierra Leone, the ousting of a renegade government from power. In 1998 in Sierra Leone, the elected government had been overthrown by a handful of merciless senior military officers. They began brutally executing all opposition forces.

Does being privy to too much information make a contractor a security risk? If a contractor is taken prisoner by enemy forces, does he have an obligation to resist interrogation? Is he protected under the Geneva Convention? Soldiers can receive a court-martial for failure to respond to orders—is there a similar disciplinary action for contractors? For instance, if a technician contractor is working on ground-surveillance radar equipment in support of an army unit, and that unit comes under attack, must the contractor respond to directives from military personnel?

The increased power of contracting firms in Africa and expansion into other businesses has been the subject of much controversy in the United Nations and elsewhere. Contractors have been accused of competing not just for contracts, but for vital interests protected by other firms in the less visible war behind the war. They are alleged to be wielding their influence and power to colonize nations. Some of these contracting agencies have even launched public relations campaigns to clean up their image.

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