Accession Number:

ADA556501

Title:

Private Contracting of U.S. Air Force Combat Capabilities in Future Conflicts

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the increasing role and growing dependence on private military companies PMCs by the U.S. government, in particular, the U.S. Air Force USAF. It highlights potential areas of concern when using PMCs to provide combat capabilities, and offers possible solutions for solving or mitigating these problems in future conflicts. The main argument of this thesis is that the role of PMCs has become blurred with traditional governmental functions, and that their use in future conflicts should be evaluated based on monetary, personnel, and material savings for the USAF and its abilities to balance international and domestic political needs and objectives, while accomplishing its national security mission. This thesis will answer the following questions How does the USAF use PMCs in aspects of control, oversight, and accountability during conflicts, and what are the main challenges for the USAF concerning contracting PMCs to provide combat capability

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE