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November 13, 2008

Has the Privatization of National Security Gone Too Far? - Event at New America Foundation
Posted by Michael Cohen


For those of you interested in the issue of private contractor issue, I will be hosting an event tomorrow at New America Foundation to unveil our new report, Changing the Culture of Military Contracting. Hope to see some of you there!

RSVP here

Has the Privatization of National Security Gone Too Far?

While the U.S. military has long relied on private contractors, the outsourcing of key national security functions has increased dramatically in recent years. From intelligence gathering and logistical support to personal security services, training, and operational support tasks, the efforts of contractors are now integral to the success of America's security and stabilization missions around the world. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, one dollar out of every five has been spent on private contractors and by most estimates, there are more private contractors in Iraq than uniformed military.

Yet, this increased dependence has not been matched by a commensurate effort in the Pentagon or Congress to regulate this growing virtual army of contractors. Indeed, there has been a virtual abdication of responsibilities when it comes to the management and oversight of military contracting. With a new Administration preparing to take the reins of power there is a unique opportunity to put in place a new strategy for determining the role these private actors will play in helping fight America’s wars.

The Privatization of Foreign Policy Initiative in New America Foundation's  American Strategy Program has produced a report, "Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting" that offers policymakers in Congress, the Executive branch and uniformed military concrete recommendations for dealing with the growing challenge of integrating contractors more effectively into U.S. national security operations. Join us on November 14th for the release of this report and a discussion about the role and responsibilities of private military contractors going forward.

Light breakfast will be provided.

11/14/2008 - 9:30am
11/14/2008 - 11:00am
New America Foundation
1630 Connecticut Ave, NW 7th Floor
Washington, DC, 20009


Featured Speakers
David Isenberg
Adjunct Scholar, CATO Institute
Columnist, "Dogs of War"
Author of the forthcoming, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq

Tara Lee
Partner, DLA Piper
Former JAG Corp counsel
Expert on War Crimes and National Security Law

Michael A. Cohen
Co-Author, "Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting"
Senior Research Fellow, Privitization of Foreign Policy Initiative, New America Foundation

Kevin Lanigan
Director, Law and Security Program
Human Rights First

Patrick C. Doherty
Deputy Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation


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