A recent public opinion poll shows an increasing concern that Washington is too quick to use a military response, including private security companies that augment “real” military force, to foreign policy challenges in lieu of soft power alternatives. Falling outside of normal legislative oversight, private military forces are contracted, deployed, managed, and paid through the civilian leadership of the Defense Department and State Department and other civilian departments (CACI, the Abu Ghraib interrogators came in through a Department of the Interior contract). Much of what the article says has already been written about here on this site, including “Security firms operating in Iraq have been cited for fraud and have clashed with…
Should and could private military companies provide protection for peacekeeping operations and other humanitarian interventions? What are the implications of this? How different is using private security versus third world troops?