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Corporate Warriors

The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

P. W. Singer

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Cornell University Press
15 November 2007
History; Mercenaries
Some have claimed that War is too important to be left to the generals, but P. W. Singer asks What about the business executives? Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. Their products range from trained commando teams to strategic advice from generals. This new Privatized Military Industry encompasses hundreds of companies, thousands of employees, and billions of dollars in revenue. Whether as proxies or suppliers, such firms have participated in wars in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. More recently, they have become a key element in U.S. military operations. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consequences have been little explored. In Corporate Warriors, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications. Corporate Warriors includes a description of how the business works, as well as portraits of each of the basic types of companies: military providers that offer troops for tactical operations; military consultants that supply expert advice and training; and military support companies that sell logistics, intelligence, and engineering. This updated edition of Singer's already classic account of the military services industry and its broader implications describes the continuing importance of that industry in the Iraq War. This conflict has amply borne out Singer's argument that the privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the introduction of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises troubling questions-for democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.
By:   P. W. Singer
Imprint:   Cornell University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   28g
ISBN:   9780801474361
ISBN 10:   0801474361
Series:   Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   15 November 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Reviews for Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry

Provides a sweeping survey of the work of MPRI, Airscan, Dyncorp, Brown and Root, and scores of other firms that can variously put troops in the field, build and run military bases, train guerrilla forces, conduct air surveillance, mount coups, stave off coups, and put back together the countries that wars have just destroyed. -The Atlantic Monthly, October 2003


  • Winner of Cowinner of the 2004 Gladys M. Kammerer Award (Ame.

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