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Privatisation of War., 24 Dec 2009
As someone who has worked on THE CIRCUIT for over 15 years having had 23yrs in the British military, I have to commend Stephen Armstrong for getting it on the button with his book "War PLC".
The military cannot be replaced by commercial companies that are in places like Iraq and Afghanistan for one reason only....to make a profit. From a British perspective, some companies are carrying out military style tasks, and even providing security for the FCO, whilst totally unregulated, utterly disgraceful. There are heads of government departments, military chiefs and heads of commercial security companies who have to be held to account for the lack of duty of care shown to the lads and lassies working on the ground and have since been killed, wounded and/or captured.
I would like to see the industry externally regulated asap by an appointed MP with no financial ties to the industry, and for that industry to carry out commercial to commercial tasks only.
Right now, there are more commercial security in Afghanistan than soldiers. Just like Iraq, this is one reason that has lead to loosing the conflict. It takes full time professional military to win over an insurgency, not profit driven commercial security. The privatisation of war is a very bad idea, and has to be stopped.