Monday, November 24, 2008
Steven Schooner (pictured) of the George Washington Law School, has posted to the Social Science Research Network his new article, Why Contractor Fatalities Matter. As a Law Prof whose scholarship focuses on national security and U.S. foreign relations law but who also teaches contracts (and contributes to this blog), I am happy to call our readers' attention to the work of another scholar whose work spans the subject matters of contracts law and national security law. Professor Schooner's work is published in Volume 38, no. 3 (Autumn 2008) of Parameters. The abstract follows:
At the end of July 2008, the media reported that 4,600 service members have died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. But reporting only military fatalities understates the human cost of America's engagements in these regions by nearly a fourth. On the modern, outsourced battlefield, the U.S. government increasingly has delegated to the private sector the responsibility to stand in harm's way and, if required, die for America. As of 30 June 2008, more than 1,350 civilian contractor personnel had died in Iraq and Afghanistan, while another 29,000 contractors have been injured; more than 8,300 seriously. Nonetheless, contractor fatalities (and injuries) remain generally outside the public's consciousness. This article asserts that, in a representative democracy, public awareness of the human cost of our nation's security and foreign policies is critical.