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


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a486541.pdf


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
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE