By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen
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Extra info for A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq
Uncle Sam is by no means the only employer of war zone contractors. 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 have deemphasized counterinsurgency training and focused more on conventional combat tactics. Many post-Vietnam special forces units were deactivated, and funding for these types of units was severely curtailed. S. military’s charter. Recently, the army has taken steps to expand the reserve component of civil affairs. But civil affairs soldiers remain limited in what they can do to help local civil, military, and law enforcement authorities in third world nations, and they know next to nothing about rebuilding decapitated militaries.
They assist and review military, political, tactical, and strategic objectives. MPRI is under contract to advise leaders in dozens of countries. S. colonels and generals teach principles of military decision making and leadership; provide feedback from their field-level operators, both civil and military; and act as a conduit for communication between leadership levels for their counterparts. Organizing elections, developing governmental agencies, managing economic growth, developing new trade relationships, and creating impartial judicial processes are complex, sensitive, and often alien endeavors to war-torn countries.
A Bloody Business: America's War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq by Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen