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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 behind the curtain and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 this present day) who shield offer convoys, teach overseas infantrymen, supply defense for overseas leaders and dignitaries—and whose offices 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 arrange, and what they do, this ebook presents a uniquely close-up and entire photograph of the personal military at the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed safeguard contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and used to be in Iraq, the place he witnessed how inner most squaddies fought ambushes, proficient Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in risky stipulations, and observed the contractor facet of the Iraq conflict. comprises motion at the offer strains and entrance traces of this precise clash, and the tales of the contractors who dwell it each day.


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Their deaths are looked upon by most of the world as a natural consequence of the job. It’s all blood money, anyway, so why should it come easy? They know the risks they face, and if they touch a hot stove, they should expect to get burned. But one question hardly ever seems to get asked—where would we be without them? This book will introduce you to a number of contractors in Kuwait, Jordan, and Iraq for whom, you will find, it is rarely about money. We will explore the legal, moral, ethical, and practical questions they face every day.

Firms have a Teflon-like ability to conduct direct combat operations without leaving a telltale signature. Contractors’ slipperiness keeps them in business. For instance, the contracting agency involved in planning and executing Croatia’s successful campaign against the Serbs in the 1990s publicly denies any direct combat involvement to this day. Their explanation—training assistance—is hard to refute without any evidence. But the fact that some of these training exercises with Croatian forces turned into hostile encounters with the enemy hardly seems coincidental.

To witness the void between Vietnam’s leadership and the people, one only had to wander into a thatched hut in some rural village or hamlet. In accordance with the law, each hut was adorned with framed photographs of their president. A common image showed him in a suit and tie standing next to a Lincoln Continental. Little wonder that peasants and farmers related more to Ho Chi Minh than the government we were there to support. S. State Department and the Department of Defense have done little training of advisors for local and regional officials and senior-level military officers of developing nations in the time since Vietnam.

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