Academic journal article Military Review

CORPORATE WARRIORS: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

Academic journal article Military Review

CORPORATE WARRIORS: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

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CORPORATE WARRIORS: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, RW. Singer, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2003, 242 pages, $39.95.

According to RW. Singer's Corporate Warriors, the U.S. Armed Forces have increased usage of private military firms tenfold between the first and second campaigns in Iraq. And, over the last decade, the United States has increasingly contracted out functions such as doctrine writing and military education functions. How should one think about these trends? Singer puts these issues into perspective by examining the private military firm industry as a whole. His pioneering work deserves a place on the reading lists of all U.S. military professionals.

The book looks at the privatization of military functions in historical perspective. Although private military companies are not new, their importance in warfare is greater now than at any time during the last two centuries. Such companies form a global industry, competing in an open global market, whose rise is related to supply and demand stemming from the end of the Cold War, the changing nature of warfare, and broader global trends toward privatization and outsourcing.

Singer also points out the limited value of characterizing private military firms as "good" or "bad" and introduces a useful typology that places the firms in one of three categories: military provider firms that orchestrate or apply force in combat operations; military consultant firms that provide advice or training; and military support firms that provide nonlethal services such as maintenance or infrastructure support. …

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