By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business deals an unheard of glance behind the curtain and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 at the present time) who safeguard provide convoys, educate overseas squaddies, offer protection for international leaders and dignitaries—and whose offices are the main harmful 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 booklet presents a uniquely close-up and whole photograph of the personal military at the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed protection contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and was once in Iraq, the place he witnessed how deepest squaddies fought ambushes, expert Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in harmful stipulations, and observed the contractor facet of the Iraq battle. contains motion at the offer traces and entrance traces of this detailed clash, and the tales of the contractors who dwell it each day.


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These are not perfect people, but they are real. I’ve tried to convey their reality as objectively as possible. Perhaps we can all benefit from an open-eyed assessment, discard our preconceived notions, and take a fresh look at these civilians willingly engaged in a truly bloody business. S. government experiences battlefield deficiencies, it proposes institutional, organizational, and training changes that take years to implement. S. public seems to want quicker, easier solutions than the military can deliver.

They develop companionships similar to those typically found only in combat military units. Contractors share experiences on the Web, in chat rooms, and around their often abysmal living conditions. Even after returning home, they keep in touch with one another and on occasion host contractor reunions. Military hardware has become exceedingly high tech. Units are equipped with computers, lasers, biological sniffers, mass spectrometers, robots, night-vision systems, people sensors, satellite radios, video recording equipment, and ground and aerial surveillance radar.

They look for professionalism in their contracting firm of choice—the kind that keeps a person alive—with compensation a secondary factor at best. For most rational people, money alone could never be worth the risk that war zone contractors face on a daily basis. S. government. If those critics were to ride shotgun in a KBR truck from Kuwait to Mosul for just one day, they might change their minds. Iraq is a scary place, and it tests one’s values and deeply held convictions. When faced with the reality of what’s going on, money alone is meager compensation.

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