The Modern Mercenary

The Modern Mercenary

Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

Book - 2014
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Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780199360109
Branch Call Number: 355.354 M166M 2014
Characteristics: xx, 248 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 18, 2018

Interesting thoughtful little book that shined light onto opaque business.
Used to be common until 400 years ago thanks to strong centralized states.
America's dirty little secret now that their armed forces changed from conscription to volunteer & public wanting few casualties as possible. They used mercenaries ,sorry, private military corporation for assorted 'little covert jobs' like bodyguard to propping up a third world country at lower price than using own armed forces
Author explained "neomedievalism". Overlapping authorities & allegiances creating durable disorder. Think all the official & unofficial non-governmental organizations today. Term not present in 1970 cold war because two superpowers. Now, oh yeah.
Basic three types of mercenaries in PMC. The ones who kill & train combatants (combat arms). the ones that support combat arms like military police & military intelligence but not in direct combat (Combat service) & the ones to maintain equipment, personnel military base & do the paperwork (Combat service support)
The problem is that other countries (eg. Russia & China) getting into the very opaque mercenary business & into other shady jobs
Bifurcation of mercenary business. Medicated market. The other warlordism & endless combat with total free market.

Oct 26, 2015

Thought provoking must read. Who is in control? A wonderful philosophical examination of war. Who is fighting, funding and directing it. What is shifting in world relations.

Wonderfully written and researched.


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