Accession Number : ADA443220


Title :   The Potential Scope for Use of Private Military Companies in Military Operations: An Historical and Economical Analysis


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Heskett, Jonathan D.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA443220


Report Date : DEC 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 81


Abstract : Soldiers for hire are not a new phenomenon of the twenty-first century; they are as old as war itself. However, in the present day these modern day soldiers for hire are part of well-organized and competently run Private Military Companies (PMC). These companies have proven themselves to be both highly effective and economically efficient. The purpose of this thesis is to identify any functions the Government could outsource to PMC's. This thesis finds that the best types of operation in which to use PMC's are in support of security operations, in small-scale conflicts, and in situations where human rights violations are occurring, yet the rest of the world decides not to intervene. This outsourcing would allow the government to realize cost savings and allow the military to focus on what it does best, its core competencies. Additionally, this thesis outlines potential problems that arise with privatizing warfare and offers proposals to overcome those shortfalls. Finally, this thesis finds that the best way to structure a contract between the United States Government and a PMC is to have built-in incentives to ensure that a PMC not only completes the mission quickly, but also controls costs to the maximum extent possible.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *ARMY PERSONNEL , MILITARY OPERATIONS , CONTROL , WARFARE , SECURITY , COSTS , SAVINGS , HISTORY , THESES , IRAQ , ECONOMIC ANALYSIS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , CONTRACTS


Subject Categories : ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
      MILITARY FORCES AND ORGANIZATIONS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE