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書名 Hired guns : views about armed contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom / Sarah K. Cotton ... [et al.]
出版項 Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2010
國際標準書號 9780833049827 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0833049828 (pbk. : alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 歐美所圖書館3F西文書區  956.7044 H614 2010    在架上  -  30500101377581
說明 xxvi, 115 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
附註 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
Includes bibliographical references
Introduction -- Private military and security contractors are not a new phenomenon : a brief history of military privatization -- Do private security contractors have a negative impact on military retention and morale? -- Have private security contractors had an adverse effect on local Iraqis' perceptions of the entire occupying force because of the legal impunity with which they operated in Iraq prior to 2009? -- Is there a relative lack of unit cohesion and systematic coordination between private security contractors and the military? -- Do private security contractors play a valuable supporting role to the U.S. military as a force multiplier? -- Do private security contractors provide skills and services that the Armed Forces lack? -- Do private security contractors provide vital surge capacity and critical security services? -- Summary of findings and policy recommendations
主題 Postwar reconstruction -- Iraq -- Evaluation
Private military companies -- Iraq -- Evaluation
Private security services -- Iraq -- Evaluation
Government contractors -- Iraq -- Evaluation
Contracting out -- Iraq -- Evaluation
Government contractors -- United States -- Evaluation
Contracting out -- United States -- Evaluation
Alt Author Cotton, Sarah K
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