Abstract

This thesis critiques the historical and modern relationship between war, military contracting, and military effectiveness. Its central aim is to review and add to the theory and practice of the relationship between military contracting and military effectiveness. Specifically, it questions the “bigger is better” dictum that currently informs military contracting policy by constructing and testing a competing perspective: contractor force employment (CFE). To facilitate, and to ensure the outcomes have policy relevance, the thesis evaluates contractor manpower and contractor force employment perspectives by analyzing quantitative and qualitative data relating to military contracting in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). It argues that military contracting effectiveness can be better understood through a combination of material terms as well as non-material terms. This approach is original - a new way of thinking about the historical and modern prevalence and utility of military contracting. A second purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate that military contracting policy rests on weak foundations because it insists that military contracting enhances military effectiveness though the provision of manpower.

Year Manuscript Completed

2014

Disciplines

Government Contracts | International Relations | Military, War, and Peace | Political Science

Keywords

Private military companies; Defense contracts Government policy; Defense industries.

Primary Language of Manuscript

EN

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