Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Industry Support to Air Operations

10 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2009 Last revised: 1 May 2014

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Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 9, 2009

Abstract

This presentation offers a legal and ethical framework for evaluating industry support to air operations. Such support needs to be viewed in the context of larger debates about the relationship between the military and private contractors more generally. Reasons for turning to the private sector include considerations of cost and flexibility; reasons for being wary of outsourcing include problems of accountability and diverging incentives. Where industry support is sought, lessons from past experience can assist in maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks through ensuring transparency, participation, and review.

Keywords: private military and security companies, PMCs, PSCs, mercenaries, Blackwater, Xe, air force, air operations, UAVs, global administrative law

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Industry Support to Air Operations (March 9, 2009). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 09-19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1361659 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1361659

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