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Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies’ Impact on Military Effectiveness Paperback – Feb 28 2011

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Security Studies; 1 edition (Feb. 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804774595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804774598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,415,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Victory for Hire provides an invaluable look into both the pernicious effects and the operational advantages that private security forces provide governments. A must read for those interested in security policy and the study of interstate war." (Allan C. Stam, Professor of Political Science)

"[Dunigan's] examples, analyses, and conclusions will be valuable for military leaders who work with security contractors, to citizens concerned about security contractor use, and to policy makers who decide whether to use them." (Major Herman Reinhold Military Review)

"Dunigan provides an in-depth analysis of a growing an unsettling trend, various states' use of private security forces. She fills a void in recent writings with her examination of the impact that private security contractors have on military effectiveness. With the ever-increasing tendency to outsource various missions to contractors, the question becomes: what impact will these personnel have on military operations? What makes this book unique are the author's recommendations for alleviating negative impacts." (Parameters)

"Molly Dunigan's seminal piece on the role of private security companies (PSCs) is already considered a classic in the field since its appearance in 2011. Her work filled a gap in the perspective on 'mercenaries' on past and future battlefields, dealing in large part with the implications for sovereignty on the one hand, and international law on the other . . . [T]his succinct but comprehensive analysis has important implications in a time of austerity and a future of economization that will inevitably reach modern militaries around the world." (Gustav M. Meibauer St. Antony's International Review)

About the Author

Molly Dunigan is an Associate Political Scientist in the International Security Policy Group at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a lead author on the 2010 RAND Corporation monograph Hired Guns: Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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