Accession Number:

ADA488740

Title:

Private Military Companies: An Assessment

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

This 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, Military Professional Resources Incorporated 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.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE