Operation Slipper: The Australian Defence Force and Private Military Contractors in Afghanistan
Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,21 May 2015
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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The Australian Defence Force has employed private military contractors in the majority of overseas operations since the Cold War. The number of contractors in a specified area of operations is increasing exponentially. Although the rise in the reliance of private military contractors is not a new phenomenon, the absence of a theory to explain the rise has led to the ad hoc and late integration of contractors in military planning. This research analyzes the Australian Defence Forces employment of private military contractors in Afghanistan during Operation Slipper using the existing framework of supply-demand theory. This study seeks to ascertain the factors that lead to the employment of private military contractor to enable more effective military planning.