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Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International) [Hardcover]

David Isenberg

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Editorial Reviews


"As a careful, sober survey of PMCs, Shadow Force is a valuable contribution to the public debate about contracting…Isenberg's arguments are solid…His book should be on every activists' and researchers' shelf."


"Without significantly scaling back US geopolitical commitments or vastly expanding the US military, private military contractors will remain a part of the forces deployed in US military commitments, argues the author, who on that basis surveys the major issues and lessons concerning the operations of private military contractors in the US occupation of Iraq, focusing on private security contractors, such as Blackwater, more than contractors that serve logistical functions, such as KBR. He surveys the major players in the industry and then discusses issue of control and accountability, particularly in reference to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, conflicts between contractors and military commanders, and the

problems of regulation and control in US domestic politics."


Reference & Research Book News

". . . thoughtful and thorough analysis of the rise of PMCs as actors in modern conflicts. . . . Although much has been written about this topic, the balanced discussion provided by Isenberg is an essential read for those seeking to learn more about the role and implications of PMCs."


Journal of Peace Research

"Isenberg provides a detailed overview of the local situation with striking precision and figures. First, he outlines the origin and path of what he calls the 're-emergence of an old phenomenon,' explaining the long-term U.S. policy of military outsourcing and its often controversial nature. The author then examines the consequences of such a strategy during Operation Iraqi Freedom."


Journal of International Peace Operations


"David Isenberg has been a tireless chronicler of the birth, growth and rise of the private military phenomena. Shadow Force is a new addition to the must have list of books on the privatization of violence."


Robert Young Pelton, author of Licensed to Kill


Book Description

This work offers an examination of the role that private security and military contractors have played in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

About the Author

David Isenberg has researched and written on U.S. military and international security issues for twenty five years. He has monitored the private security contracting industry since the early 1990s.
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