This study reports the results of a systematic, empirically based survey of opinions of U.S. military and State Department personnel with Iraq war experience to shed light on the costs and benefits of using private security contractors (PSCs) in the Iraq war. For the most part, respondents did not believe that PSCs were "running wild" in Iraq, but they held mixed views on PSCs' contribution to the U.S. military operation and U.S. foreign policy objectives.
Intro Cover Title Page Copyright Preface Contents Figures Tables Summary Acknowledgments Abbreviations Chapter One: Introduction What Are the Costs and Benefits of Armed Contractors to the U.S. Mission in Iraq? Our Approach Survey Instrument Development, Sampling Procedures, and Other Data Sources Roadmap of the Monograph Chapter Two: Private Military and Security Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom Private Military and Security Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom Contractors' Legal Status Is Opaque Chapter Three: Do Private Security Contractors Have a Negative Impact on Military Retention and Morale? Military and Diplomatic Personnel Tend to View Armed Contractors as Having a Detrimental Impact on Military Retention and Morale Chapter Four: Have Private Security Contractors Had an Adverse Effect on Local Iraqis' Perceptions of the Entire Occupying Force Because of the Legal Impunity with Which They Operated in Iraq Prior to 2009? Confirmed Incidents of Armed Contractors Firing on Iraqi Civilians Most Military and Diplomatic Personnel Do Not View Armed Contractors as "Running Wild" in Iraq, but a Considerable Number of Both Groups Do Report Troubling Incidents Involving Poor PSC Behavior Toward Iraqi Civilians Reforms Appear to Have Had a Positive Impact Thus Far Chapter Five: Is There a Relative Lack of Unit Cohesion and Systematic Coordination Between Private Security Contractors and the Military? Sizable Minorities of Military and Diplomatic Personnel Indicate That Coordination Problems Between Contractors and the Military Are Not Absent Chapter Six: Do Private Security Contractors Play a Valuable Supporting Role to the U.S. Military as a Force Multiplier?. Both Military and Diplomatic Personnel Tend to View Armed Contractors as Force Multipliers, but a Considerable Minority of Respondents Feels Differently Chapter Seven: Do Private Security Contractors Provide Skills and Services That the Armed Forces Lack? Military and Diplomatic Personnel Tend to View Armed Contractors as Providing Valuable Skills Chapter Eight: Do Private Security Contractors Provide Vital Surge Capacity and Critical Security Services? Military and Diplomatic Personnel Tend to View Armed Contractors as Providing Necessary Surge Capacity and Critical Security Services Chapter Nine: Summary of Findings and Policy Recommendations Recommendations Duties Best Filled by Contractors A. Methodology B. Screen Shots of Final Survey as Fielded to Members of the Military C. Screen Shots of Final Survey as Fielded to State Department Personnel References.
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