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Book America's covert warriors : inside the world of private military contractors / Shawn Engbrecht.
Publication year: c2011.
Call Number DS79.76 .E54 2011 ; HD9743.U6 E54 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books
ISBN: 9781597972383 159797238X
Extent: xvi, 239 p. ; 24 cm.
Total number of loans: 0
Loans this year: 0
Number of reservations: 0
"Private military contractors, especially those in Iraq, have taken on far more than their original mandates required. Initially intended for combat support, they have become full-fledged warriors, many with little experience, scant oversight, and no accountability to the rules of engagement that constrain the U.S. military and coalition forces. When the occupation of Iraq turned into a fight against an insurgency, overwhelming U.S. and coalition military forces, the demand for private military contractors skyrocketed in 2003 and 2004. The explosive growth of such firms as Blackwater, Crescent, and others resulted in a relaxation of recruitment standards at precisely the same time that the U.S. military's own standards of recruitment began to falter, but the standards for private military contractors fell much further and faster. The predictable result included excessive civilian casualties, a human tragedy whose full dimensions have yet to be seen by the American public"--Publisher's website.
The dogs of war -- The contractor experience : Iraq -- A history of violence -- The perfect storm -- Anatomy of a disaster -- Apocalypse unleashed -- SATMO : doing it right -- Ten minutes on Ambush Alley -- Life inside the asylum -- The big fix -- Epilogue.
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