By Jeremy Scahill
Meet Blackwater united states, the personal military that the united states govt has quietly employed to function in overseas struggle zones and on American soil. Its contacts run from army and intelligence companies to the higher echelons of the White condo; it has an army base, a fleet of plane and 20,000 troops, yet seeing that September 2007 the company has been hit by means of a chain of scandals that, faraway from harmful the corporate, have ended in an unheard of interval of expansion.This revised and up to date version contains Scahill's persevered investigative paintings into one of many outrages of our time: the privatisation of battle.
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The model has not contributed to development or improvement in military education and training in civil-military interaction based on lessons-learned, nor does it allow for the adjustments and difficult choices that must be made by all actors in specific conflict contexts. The model lacks important content, contextual awareness, and guidance. Some Norwegian (and other international) civilian actors have expressed satisfaction with the Norwegian approach because the result has been that the Norwegian military stays out of their way and does not encroach on NGO activities, in other words, the military keeps to “military” activities.
The assumed advantages accrued by the model are not borne out by experience in Afghanistan. I further explore what are the potential results (based on previous experience) of eliminating a civilmilitary capacity like CIMIC. What advantages or disadvantages result? It is my contention that reducing civil-military capacities brings little to no advantage to future operations. In the concluding chapter, Chapter 10, I review some of the main arguments presented in the previous chapters, and draw on some final examples that illustrate further the complexity and challenges of this civil-military field of theory and practice that cannot be reduced to a weak policy that calls simply for a “divide but coordinate” approach to all civil-military contexts.
As noted by Kristoffersen: Are Nato CIMIC officers supposed to act like soldiers or saints? Should they stick to the military mindset of mission primacy, or also be able to venture into the civilian-humanitarian field if the opportunity arises and means allow for it? Nato CIMIC calls for soldiers, not saints. (Kristoffersen 2006: 27) The “saints” are equated to the civilian-humanitarian field, and thus set in opposition to soldiers. In general, soldiers are trained to kill people and destroy things (Smith 2005).
Blackwater the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill