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dc.contributor.advisorRothstein, Hy
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, James M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:39:55Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:39:55Z
dc.date.issued2008-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/3961
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines controversies regarding the use of private military companies (PMCs) as defense contractors. The history of privatized security, consideration of ethical and legal issues, and examination of three case studies allows assessment of PMCs in accordance with five criteria for success: competence, cost efficiency analysis, control, flexibility and impact on state armed forces. After examining three case studies representing a variety of types of PMCs (Executive Outcomes in Angola and Sierra Leone, MPRI in Croatia, and Blackwater in Afghanistan and Iraq), the thesis finds that although PMCs can be used legitimately and to good effect, expanded use of PMCs may pose serious risks to U.S. forces, national security objectives, and U.S. political legitimacy.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/privatemilitaryc109453961
dc.format.extentx, 79 p. : ill. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsApproved for public release, distribution unlimiteden_US
dc.subject.lcshPrivate military companiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfghan War, 2001-en_US
dc.subject.lcshEconomic aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshIraq War, 2003-en_US
dc.titlePrivate military companies an assessmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderArquilla, John
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.description.serviceUS Army (USA) author.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc268855273
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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