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By Laura A. Dickinson

Over the prior decade, states and foreign corporations have shifted a stunning diversity of overseas coverage capabilities to personal contractors. yet who's responsible while the workers of international inner most organizations do violence or create damage? This well timed booklet describes the companies which are now added by way of deepest contractors and the chance this pattern poses to center public values of human rights, democratic responsibility, and transparency. the writer deals a chain of concrete reforms which are essential to extend conventional criminal responsibility, build higher mechanisms of public participation, and change the organizational constitution and institutional tradition of contractor organizations. the result's a practical, nuanced, and finished set of responses to the matter of overseas affairs privatization.

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S. component came to be known as ICEX (Intelligence Coordination and Exploitation) and eventually Operation Phoenix. S. Army advisers and a few civilians. The CIA, however, continued to pay and control the PRUs, which were sometimes directed by Navy Seal advisers assigned to the CIA. ”22 The PRUs and others also reportedly tortured many suspects, in addition to killing others. ”23 Moreover, the targets of Operation Phoenix activities were often villagers whose connection to the Vietcong was tenuous.

At the same time, political currents made outsourcing and down- KEY MOMENTS IN OUTSOURCING sizing the default position, and small decisions over time had increasingly turned over government jobs to the private sector. The military’s use of more complex weapons systems further fueled the trend, as did the perception that private companies could mobilize more quickly than the government. And corporations had grown to fill these niches, creating an easy path for government agencies seeking to off-load projects.

Rather, these decisions for the most part fell below the radar of Congress and the general public. 59 Yet, there was little, if any, public discussion or debate in Congress about the wisdom of outsourcing various military functions. Other factors drove the military outsourcing trend. For example, contractors were seen as having greater expertise in servicing the increasingly complex weapons systems the military was deploying. 60 Thus, for some highly technical positions, contractors may be more cost-effective (though it is important to emphasize that this claim of cost savings has never been rigorously assessed).

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