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Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror

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ISBN13: 9780307345455
ISBN10: 0307345459
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Robert Young Pelton first became aware of the phenomenon of hired guns in the War on Terror when he met a covert team of contractors on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in the fall of 2003. Pelton soon embarked on a globe-spanning odyssey to penetrate and understand this shadowy world, ultimately delivering stunning insights into the way private soldiers are used.

Enter a blood-soaked world of South African mercenaries and tribal fighters backed by ruthless financiers. Drop into Baghdad’s Green Zone, strap on body armor, and take a daily high-speed ride with a doomed crew of security contractors who dodge car bombs and snipers just to get their charges to the airport. Share a drink in a chic hotel bar with wealthy owners of private armies who debate the best way to stay alive in war zones.

Licensed to Kill spans four continents and three years, taking us inside the CIA’s dirty wars; the brutal contractor murders in Fallujah and the Alamo-like sieges in Najaf and Al Kut; the Deep South contractor training camps where ex–Special Operations soldiers and even small town cops learn the ropes; the contractor conventions where macho attendees swap bullet-punctuated tales and discuss upcoming gigs; and the grim Central African prison where contractors turned failed mercenaries pay a steep price.

The United States has encouraged the use of the private sector in all facets of the War on Terror, placing contractors outside the bounds of functional legal constraints. With the shocking clarity that can come only from firsthand observation, Licensed to Kill painstakingly deconstructs the most controversial events and introduces the pivotal players. Most disturbingly, it shows that there are indeed thousands of contractors—with hundreds more being produced every month—who’ve been given a license to kill, their services available to the highest bidder.

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A revealing study of how private military contractors are transforming modern warfare assesses the role of the private sector in all aspects of the war against terror--from intelligence gathering and policy creation to actual combat and peacekeeping--discusses how such contractors are recruited, hired, and trained; and analyzes what this means in terms of the future of war. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Robert Young Pelton is a journalist, filmmaker, and explorer. He is the author of The World's Most Dangerous Places, Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, and Three Worlds Gone Mad. Pelton has worked for National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Minutes, the ABC Investigative Division, and CNN. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for National Geographic Adventure.

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Robert Young Pelton is a journalist, filmmaker, and explorer. He is the author of The World's Most Dangerous Places, Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, and Three Worlds Gone Mad. Pelton has worked for National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Minutes, the ABC Investigative Division, and CNN. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for National Geographic Adventure.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307345455
Subtitle:
Hired Guns in the War on Terror
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Author:
Pelton, Robert Young
Author:
Robert Young Pelton
Subject:
Political Science : Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Internati
Subject:
Political Science : Public Policy - General
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Political Science-Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science-Public Policy - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Military policy
Subject:
Mercenary troops
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
Military
Subject:
MIL-TERR/GUERR741EndCap
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Military-Terrorism Mercenaries and Guerrillas
Subject:
Politics-Covert Government and Conspiracy Theory
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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Product details 368 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307345455 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A revealing study of how private military contractors are transforming modern warfare assesses the role of the private sector in all aspects of the war against terror--from intelligence gathering and policy creation to actual combat and peacekeeping--discusses how such contractors are recruited, hired, and trained; and analyzes what this means in terms of the future of war. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Robert Young Pelton is a journalist, filmmaker, and explorer. He is the author of The World's Most Dangerous Places, Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, and Three Worlds Gone Mad. Pelton has worked for National Geographic, Discovery, 60 Minutes, the ABC Investigative Division, and CNN. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for National Geographic Adventure.

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