The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order
  • The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order
  • The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order
ISBN: 0199360103
EAN13: 9780199360109
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9.3" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Typically led by ex-military men, contractor firms are by their very nature secretive. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little.

In The Modern Mercenary, Sean McFate lays bare this opaque world, explaining the economic structure of the industry and showing in detail how firms operate on the ground. A former U.S. Army paratrooper and private military contractor, McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war. While at present, the U.S. government and U.S. firms dominate the market, private military companies are emerging from other countries, and warlords and militias have restyled themselves as private security companies Read More chevron_right

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