US Government Outsourcing, the Private Military Industry, and Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Case Study in Conflict Contracting

Government Outsourcing, the Private Military Industry, and Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Case Study in Conflict Contracting

This thesis analyzes state utilization of private military and security companies (PMSC), using United States Government (USG) outsourcing during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as a case study to investigate how PMSCs influence interstate conflicts. Cost savings are a primary justification for outsourcing. Government sources also suggest wartime outsourcing increases military effectiveness. This thesis investigates whether PMSC activities in Iraq have delivered such monetary savings and operational enhancements. Whether wartime contracting impacts waste, fraud, and corruption in the conflict and post conflict environment, particularly in the case of OIF, is also analyzed.

Title: US Government Outsourcing, the Private Military Industry, and Operation Iraqi Freedom: A Case Study in Conflict Contracting
Authors: Halpin, Allison Ann
Advisors: Hanley, Eric
Commitee Members: Wert, Hal
Obadare, Ebenezer
Keywords: International relations
Middle Eastern studies
Political Science
Contracting
Iraq
Outsourcing
Private Military Industry
US Government
War
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2011
Publisher: University of Kansas
Extent: 124 pages
Type: Thesis
Degree Level: M.A.
Discipline: Global and International Studies, Center for
Abstract: This thesis analyzes state utilization of private military and security companies (PMSC), using United States Government (USG) outsourcing during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as a case study to investigate how PMSCs influence interstate conflicts. Cost savings are a primary justification for outsourcing. Government sources also suggest wartime outsourcing increases military effectiveness. This thesis investigates whether PMSC activities in Iraq have delivered such monetary savings and operational enhancements. Whether wartime contracting impacts waste, fraud, and corruption in the conflict and post conflict environment, particularly in the case of OIF, is also analyzed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/9811
Appears in Collections: Theses

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