Mercenaries, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1483340309
  • ISBN-13: 9781483340302
  • DDC: 355.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 440 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Mercenaries have been active in battle from the beginning of military history and, as private armies and military support firms, they are a major component of warfare today. Security, military advice, training, logistics support, policing, technological expertise, intelligence, transportation—all are outsourced to a greater or lesser degree in the U.S. military. However, privatization is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Australia rely on privatization in one form or another. Historically, heads of state, politicians, and other administrators have justified use of mercenaries on the basis of their effectiveness, and cost-savings. These reasons and others continue to serve as rationales for use of private military companies in military strategy.

Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies provides a comprehensive survey and guide to mercenary forces, entrepreneurs, and corporations active on the international military scene today, including a concise history of mercenaries and private armies on land, sea, and in the air. Narrative chapters are amply supplemented by sidebars including biographies of major figures, key statistics, historical and current documents, contracts, and legislation on private armies and outsourced military services. Each chapter includes a bibliography of books, journal articles, and web sites, and a general bibliography concludes the entire work.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
1: Roots and Precedents.
2: Introduction.
3: The Ancient World: 15th c. BCE–ca. 476.
4: The Middle Ages: 988–1453.
5: Feudal Japan and the Ottoman Empire: 15th c.–1826.
6: Swiss Export Armies, German Landsknechts, and the Wild Geese of Ireland: 1315–1918.
7: Colonial Control: Hessians and Gurkhas 1775–1947.
8: State-Sanctioned Piracy: Corsairs and Privateers 1049–1865.
9: The Filibusters 19th c..
10: Soldiers of Fortune.
11: Introduction.
12: The Legendary Legion: 1831–Present.
13: Mercenaries of the Air: 1861–Present.
14: Mercenaries in the Vietnam Wars: 1883–1975.
15: Mercenary Marketplace: Africa 1960–1990s.
16: The Modern Privatized Military Industry.
17: Introduction.
18: Mercenary, Inc.: Warfare Corporatized.
19: Executive Outcomes: Operational Provider.
20: Sandline International: Operational Provider.
21: Blackwater/Xe/Academi: Operational Provider.
22: Other Operational Provider Firms.
23: Engility (Formerly MPRI and L-3 MPRI): Consulting Provider.
24: Other Consulting Provider Firms.
25: Halliburton/BRS/KBR: Logistical Provider.
26: Other Logistical Provider Firms.
27: AirScan: Intelligence Provider.
28: Other Intelligence Provider Firms.
29: Armorgroup/G4S: Security and Antiterror Provider.
30: Other Security and Antiterror Provider Firms.
31: Bibliography.