Saturday, June 25, 2005
There are thousands of contract personnel in Iraq doing work that in World War II or the Korean War, would have been done by uniformed soldiers. The trend toward a smaller military supplemented more heavily by civilian contractors has been accelerating in recent years.
The PBS Program Frontline has a new series called Private Warriors, which explores the issues involved in mixing private citizens with military personnel. It looks to be an even-handed exploration of the phenomenon, and features (among others) interviews with Steven Schooner of George Washington. Among the features at the show's web site is a list of links to good resources on the issues.