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Private Sector, Public Wars: Contractors in Combat - Afghanistan, Iraq, and Future Conflicts (Changing Face of War) Hardcover – July 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0275994785 ISBN-10: 0275994783

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"…Carafano (senior fellow, Heritage Foundation) is coherent and often compelling; he dispels many myths about private contractors in war and solidly critiques much of the existing literature on private military companies… Recommended…Graduate, research, and professional collections."

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"This penetrating analysis of battlefield contracting is essential for defense intellectuals and students of contemporary warfare. Dr. Carafano takes on a phenomenon that is poorly understood in Washington today, but is an inescapable part of modern war." (Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, US Army War College)
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Product Details

  • Series: Changing Face of War
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (July 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275994783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275994785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation's Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher whose most recent book is "Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World" (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security. He was selected from thousands to speak on cyber warfare at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas, the nation's premier tech and social media conference.

Before assuming responsibility for Heritage's entire defense and foreign policy team in December 2012, Carafano had served as deputy director of the Davis Institute as well as director of its Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies since 2009.

His recent research has focused on developing the national security required to secure the long-term interests of the United States -- protecting the public, providing for economic growth and preserving civil liberties. (Many of his writings for Heritage appear below.)

He is editor of a book series, The Changing Face of War, which examines how emerging political, social, economic and cultural trends will affect the nature of armed conflict. From 2012 to 2014, he served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council convened by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Carafano, a 25-year Army veteran with a master's and doctorate from Georgetown University, joined Heritage in 2003 as a senior research fellow in homeland security and missile defense. He worked with Kim R. Holmes, his predecessor as vice president and director of Davis Institute, to produce Heritage's groundbreaking documentary film "33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age."

Carafano now directs Heritage's team of foreign and defense policy experts in four centers on the front lines of international affairs: the Allison Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Center for Trade and Economics and the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. The Davis Institute also includes the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press (WRAPP).

Carafano also is president of a nonprofit organization, Esprit de Corps, which educates the public about veteran affairs. In this capacity he co-produced and co-wrote the documentary "Veteran Nation," an official selection of the 2013 G.I. Film Festival.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Smith on April 20, 2011
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This is such an interesting topic, the author had some good facts but the writing was dull and editing did nothing to lift it.
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