Accession Number : ADA486541
Title : Private Security Contractors in Iraq: Background, Legal Status, and Other Issues
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Elsea, Jennifer K ; Schwartz, Moshe ; Nakamura, Kennon H
Report Date : 25 Aug 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 61
Abstract : The United States is relying heavily on private firms to supply a wide variety of services in Iraq, including security. From publicly available information, this is apparently the first time that the United States has depended so extensively on contractors to provide security in a hostile environment, although it has previously contracted for more limited security services in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and elsewhere. In Iraq, private firms known as Private Security Contractors (PSCs) serve to protect individuals, transport convoys, forward operating bases, buildings, and other economic infrastructure, and are training Iraqi police and military personnel.
Descriptors : *IRAQ , *LEGAL DEFENSE , *LAW ENFORCEMENT , *CONTRACTORS , *SECURITY , TRAINING , POLICE , AFGHANISTAN , ENEMY , MILITARY PERSONNEL , ECONOMICS , ENVIRONMENTS , UNITED STATES , INFRASTRUCTURE , BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE