Accession Number:

ADA522753

Title:

Hired Guns: Views about Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP ARLINGTON VA NATIONAL SECURITY RESEARCH DIV

Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

144.0

Abstract:

Our study provides important evidence to consider in the policy discussions and public dialogue related to armed Private Security Contractors PSCs. Focusing specifically on the period in Iraq between 2003 and 2008, this monograph centers on two original surveys -- one of U.S. military personnel and the other of U.S. State Department employees, all of whom served in Operation Iraqi Freedom at some point during this time period. The survey data enabled us to provide a rare quantitative picture of the perspectives of these two groups. We analyzed our survey results in the context of other data collected for this study, including interviews with armed contractors, both active and retired analysts trade association representatives and employees of the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID. Other data that were considered were government reports, memos, newspaper accounts, scholarly articles, and U.S. government purchasing records. The study attempted to answer the following questions Do Private Security Contractors Have a Negative Effect on Military Retention and Morale Have Private Security Contractors Had an Adverse Effect on Local Iraqis Perceptions of the Entire Occupying Force Because of the Legal Impunity with Which They Operated in Iraq Prior to 2009 Is There a Lack of Unit Cohesion and Systematic Coordination Between Private Security Contractors and the Military Do Private Security Contractors Play a Valuable Supportive Role to the U.S. Military as a Force Multiplier Do Private Security Contractors Provide Skills and Services That the Armed Forces Lack and Do Private Security Contractors Provide Vital Surge Capacity and Critical Security Services

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE