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War plc: The Rise of the New Corporate Mercenary by [Armstrong, Stephen]
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War plc: The Rise of the New Corporate Mercenary by Stephen Armstrong: step into the world of the private security contractor - a stock-market-listed corporate version of the mercenary.

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‘As soon as we got near Fallujah we were massively attacked, first by an RPG, then mortars, then small-arms fire. So three of us got out of the vehicle, engaged the targets and neutralised them . . . The hilarious thing is, the next day you get feedback from the insurgents. My Iraqi staff live in the areas and they’d come back and say, ‘Well, they felt that your reaction was too aggressive so now there’s a $5,000 price on your head.’ But I was on £10,000 a month so I suppose it was a fair price . . .’ This is world of the private security contractor – a stock-market-listed corporate version of the mercenary. No longer dogs of war running ragtag armies in sly deals for mineral rights, the new breed of private soldiers operate their million dollar contracts from executive boardrooms in London, Washington, Paris and Oslo. Whether they’re ex-special forces, CIA spooks or Foreign Legionnaires, you’ll find them exchanging gunfire with insurgents in Baghdad, patrolling government buildings in Afghanistan, spying on environmental protestors, protecting shipping in pirate waters, or mounting hit-and-run rescue operations against Colombian kidnappers. The ‘war on terror’ and its lucrative contracts have fuelled their massive expansion. Now their plans are more ambitious – to offer governments and corporations discrete and well-trained private armies. With democracies unwilling to see their children die for vague strategic reasons in dusty foreign lands, these corporate soldiers are part of the last great outsourcing – the privatisation of war. This book examines how we got here, how these companies operate, and how close we are to letting them run our battlefields. Stephen Armstrong is a freelance journalist who writes for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, GQ and Esquire. This is his second book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI91NU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,072,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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