The Use of Private Security by the United Kingdom and the Subsequent Impacts on Operational Planning
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Prior to the War in Iraq, the British government had demonstrated a reliance on private military security in order to meet the demands of global conflict. During the British contribution to the War in Iraq, Operation TELIC, the government of the United Kingdom government experienced a demand for military services that exceeded what was available in their professional military force. The number of British Soldiers decreased, while the demand for military capabilities remained. The British government was unable to supply professional military soldiers throughout the duration of war. This increased the demand for Private Security Companies by the United Kingdom. Spending on private military security by the British government steadily increased from 2003 to 2011. This research seeks to understand why the lack of sufficient national military force and increased involvement in the Iraq War resulted in an increased demand on the private security industry. This study attempts to do more than just analyze British policy. It also attempts to provide an alternative to the United States perspective on military budgeting, structure, or civil-military relations. Operational planners must incorporate an understanding of private security. This study can help determine if the growth in private military companies is in fact a dilemma.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics