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By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business deals an remarkable glance backstage and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 at the present time) who protect offer convoys, teach overseas squaddies, offer safety for international leaders and dignitaries—and whose places of work are the main harmful sizzling spots at the planet.  With its insights into who those males are, what drives them, the place they arrive from, how they organize, and what they do, this ebook offers a uniquely close-up and whole photo of the non-public military at the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed safety contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and was once in Iraq, the place he witnessed how deepest squaddies fought ambushes, informed Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in risky stipulations, and observed the contractor aspect of the Iraq conflict. comprises motion at the offer strains and entrance strains of this distinct clash, and the tales of the contractors who stay it each day.


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They are actively engaged in dangerous counter-drug operations. Some political activists and media personalities have alleged that these contractors are conducting counterinsurgency operations. When pilots, crew chiefs, or maintenance personnel are never heard from again, the famously less-than-candid contracting firms don’t exactly hand deliver telegrams to the victims’ relatives. Individual contractors understand the dangers and have no expectations for flags to fly at half mast for the ultimate sacrifice.

This thinking ignores the realities of insurgent warfare, the requirements of nation building, the complexities of battlefield technologies, and the willingness of volunteers to join a downsized military in the absence of a national draft. Some people might be surprised to know just how many civilian contractors are out there working in the shadows, performing high-risk jobs in training, equipping, and developing foreign troops, and who are influencing battle plans in dozens of countries throughout the world.

S. armed forces get an adequate return on their investment. The military has the option of increasing the time requirements remaining after schooling is complete, or improving the pay and working conditions for highly skilled personnel. Perhaps it isn’t a bad thing that the Department of Defense is faced with some healthy competition. S. Air Force, in particular, has had a tough time through the years retaining pilots who might be lured out of the service for much higher paying jobs flying commercial airliners.

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