Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Updated Edition
- (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)
- Narrated by: John Alexander Brancy
- Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 28-04-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
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In Corporate Warriors, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications. Corporate Warriors includes a description of how the business works, as well as portraits of each of the basic types of companies: military providers that offer troops for tactical operations; military consultants that supply expert advice and training; and military support companies that sell logistics, intelligence, and engineering.
This updated edition of Singer's already classic account of the military services industry and its broader implications describes the continuing importance of that industry in the Iraq War. This conflict has amply borne out Singer's argument that the privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the introduction of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises troubling questions-for democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.
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By Nikita on 22-08-16
A fascinating book which examines the history of mercenaries in history and the proliferation of privates military companies dusting the 90s. Singer also investigates other agencies involved in the business of war, from logistics agencies to private intelligence and strategy companies. Singer examines successes and failures of corporate warriors, the lack of oversight, and the ambiguous moral status of the profession. One of the most interesting reads of recent memory, highly recommend to anyone interested in politics and conflicts. The post Iraq post script is also excellent.
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By Jorge Rodriguez on 31-10-16
Fantastic beginning with a weak end
The beginning chapters brings the reader up to speed with a fast and loose history of the hired fighter, and gives excellent context to the subject in the modern day. The narration was outstanding, and the source material was adequate. However, the claims to impartiality leave a lot to be desired in the ending chapters, take this book with a hefty grain of salt. I would still recommend this to interested readers.
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By Curt Hays on 08-12-16
20th century history of private military corps
This book contains a history of private military corporations, not a history of the individuals in them. It is a very well written book that reads like an essay, and it has been very influential and can be interesting to a certain portion of the population.