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Contractors and the Ultimate Sacrifice

4 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2010  

Steven L. Schooner

George Washington University - Law School

Collin D. Swan

Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank; George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

This brief article quantifies how, in Iraq and Afghanistan, contractor personnel increasingly have made the ultimate sacrifice alongside, or in lieu of, service members. The enormity of the contractor sacrifice gives pause - more than 2,000 contractors have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what is more striking is that contractors are bearing an increasing proportion of the annual death toll. In the first half of 2010, more contractors died in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the war effort than members of the U.S. military waging these wars.

Keywords: Contractor Fatalities, Faces of the Fallen, Privatization, Outsourcing, Private Security, Government Contracts, Public Procurement

JEL Classification: J17, J28, H56, H57, L84

Suggested Citation

Schooner, Steven L. and Swan, Collin D., Contractors and the Ultimate Sacrifice (September 1, 2010). Service Contractor, p. 16, September 2010; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 512; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 512. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1677506

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Collin D. Swan

Office of Suspension and Debarment, The World Bank

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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