Book Review: 'The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security' by Ann Hagedorn
Volume 44, Parameters, Page 152 (Issue 3, Autumn 2014)
4 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 25, 2014
This review discusses Ann Hagedorn's book, which addresses the post-millennial proliferation of arms-bearing contractors that has roiled the human rights community and catalyzed a global conversation about the nature and future of modern warfare. Hagedorn’s perspective and insights on arms bearing contractors, democracies, and empires — intensely personal, yet thoughtfully cognizant of policy, political theory, and philosophy — should interest readers new to the field, as well as those well versed in the issues. Outsourcing the use of force is sufficiently important to the future of democratic states that this book — as well as the growing corpus of literature it adds to — merits serious contemplation.
Keywords: outsourcing, government contracts, defense acquisition, arms-bearing contractors, privatized security, private military, PMC's, PMSC's, Montreaux, Blackwater, mercenaries
JEL Classification: H56, H57, K12, L84, O38
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