Saturday, May 08, 2004

Recycled but very Relevant information - I heard Author P.W. Singer on Fresh Air while I was on vacation in Seattle last summer. The host and author discussed his most recent book The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry. I didn't hear the whole segment, but it is very apropo (sp?) right about now. It practically sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel.

Singer wrote the new book, Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry. Over the last decade, private companies have provided tactical support, advice, training, security and even intelligence to the military. In the recent war against Iraq, private military employees handled everything from feeding and housing U.S. troops to maintaining sophisticated weapons like the B-2 stealth bomber. The practice raises troubling ethical questions. Singer is an Olin Fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution and coordinator of the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy towards the Islamic World.