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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 bargains an exceptional glance behind the curtain and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 this day) who protect provide convoys, teach overseas squaddies, supply protection for overseas leaders and dignitaries—and whose places of work are the main risky 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 presents a uniquely close-up and whole photo 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 was once in Iraq, the place he witnessed how deepest infantrymen fought ambushes, informed Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in harmful stipulations, and observed the contractor aspect of the Iraq struggle. contains motion at the offer traces and entrance strains of this specified clash, and the tales of the contractors who stay it each day.


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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.

S. forces stretched too thin by other conflicts, hundreds of contractors are involved in counter-drug training and operations in Colombia. They are training national police forces, military units, and paramilitary operatives. The contractors are, for the most part, former Green Berets, Navy Seals, retired intelligence agency personnel, and police officers. Some are pilots and others are handlers for tracking dogs. S. foreign policy. S. and international standards. Although they are directed to avoid direct combat, it is impossible for them to maintain a noncombatant posture if their personal safety is threatened.

Religious, cultural, tribal, and ethnic combatants—and especially terrorists without national affiliations—are confronting conventional armies with unconventional tactics. For them, it is less about winning than it is a waiting game, a test of wills to see who can hold out the longest. In addition to creating general mayhem and disorder through kidnappings, beheadings, car bombs, gun battles, and assassinations, these unconventional forces make maximum use of technology, including computers, the Internet, encryption equipment, and the media, both to terrorize civilians and to recruit more jihadists to their cause.

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