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By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

ISBN-10: 0760323550

ISBN-13: 9780760323557

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business bargains an extraordinary 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 infantrymen, offer defense for international leaders and dignitaries—and whose offices are the main risky scorching 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 e-book presents a uniquely close-up and whole photo of the personal military in the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed defense contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and was once in Iraq, the place he witnessed how deepest infantrymen fought ambushes, educated Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in risky stipulations, and observed the contractor part of the Iraq struggle. contains motion at the provide strains and entrance traces of this precise clash, and the tales of the contractors who stay it each day.


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Private contractors have skill sets uniquely suited to provide military support services in an unconventional environment, skills you won’t find at the local army firing range. S. military and political objectives. Construction contractors provide infrastructure services like basic subsistence, housing, utilities, and industrial rehabilitation. Trucking contractors keep supplies moving to the soldiers and the construction sites. Training contractors provide small-unit combat training, law enforcement training, and battle-staff training for mid-level military officers.

S. S. military presence is not politically supportable. S. troops in Laos or Cambodia. However, neither of them are known to have denied that there were Air America contractors in Laos or Cambodia. The truth was that Air America helicopters and DC-3s were flying missions daily throughout those two countries. Air America was so commonplace in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that one could identify their silver aircraft coming and going at nearly every airfield in the region. Only the most naïve visitors to Vietnam actually thought that Air America was a noncombatant civilian air transport company.

Contractors are hired in droves to keep these critical battlefield devices operating. They live and work with the military units they support. There is constant pressure to reduce turnaround time on broken equipment. Increasingly, they are brought farther forward on the battlefield. The idea is to fix and repair as close to the user as possible. Increasingly, they are placed in harm’s way. Civilian logistics, infrastructure, trucking, and technical contractors are caught in the conundrum of modern war.

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