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Soldiers of Misfortune?

Thomas R. Mockailis

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ISBN 10: 1584876131 / ISBN 13: 9781584876137
Published by SSI, 2014
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Title: Soldiers of Misfortune?

Publisher: SSI

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Book Type: Book

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In examining the role of security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, the author draws broad lessons from which he provides concrete recommendations to improve the conduct of further missions. Rather than do away with such contractors altogether, the author recommends limiting their roles, providing better oversight of their activities, and improving legal accountability for their wrong doing.

This monograph will be of interest to soldiers, military leadership, military contractors, especially those that provide logistical support activities in conflict zones, and policymakers engaged in the difficult task of planning and conducting contingency operations.

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THOMAS R. MOCKAITIS is a professor of history at DePaul University. He team-teaches terrorism and counterterrorism courses internationally with other experts through the Center for Civil-Military Rela­tions at the Naval Post-Graduate School. He was the 2004 Eisenhower Chair at the Royal Military Acad­emy of the Netherlands. He has also lectured at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization School, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces Staff College. He has presented pa­pers at the Pearson Peacekeeping Center (Canada), the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK), and the Austrian National Defense Academy. A frequent me­dia commentator on terrorism and security matters, Dr. Mockaitis has appeared on Public Television, Na­tional Public Radio, BBC World News, all major Chi­cago TV stations, and various local radio programs. He appears regularly as a terrorism expert for WGN-TV News. He is the 2008 recipient of the DePaul Lib­eral Arts and Sciences Cortelyou-Lowery Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. Dr. Mockaitis is the author of Avoiding the Slippery Slope: Mounting Interventions (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2013), The Iraq War: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio/Greenwood, 2012), Osama bin Laden: A Bi­ography (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2010), Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008), The “New” Terrorism: Myths and Reality (West­port, CT: Praeger, 2007), The Iraq War: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Present, and Preparing for the Future (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007), Peacekeeping and Intrastate

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