Privatized Protection & Security Operations
Iraq Contractors Face Growing Parallel War
Iraq Contractors Force Growing Parallel War
In Iraq hundreds of security companies are helping the United States fight our war against terrorism.
Private security companies, funded by billions of dollars in U.S. military and State Department contracts, are fighting insurgents on a widening scale in Iraq, enduring daily attacks, returning fire and take hundreds of casualties that have been underreported and sometimes concealed, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials and company representatives (Fainaru, 2007).
Security companies are being very helpful in Iraq because they are also taking alike responsibilities as the ones the military abide by. “They guard key U.S. military installations and provide personal security for at least three commanding generals, including Air Force Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Scott, who oversees U.S. military contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan” (Fainaru, 2007).
Changing Face of Private Security
Iraq was definitely a change to many of the private security companies. The private sector sky rocketed with the war because many of the security personnel were contracted to work in Iraq and provide security for the military and Iraqi people. In our country; the United States the people see that one is most of the time offered security, “whether they’re cruising the mall parking lots, guarding movie stars or fending off looters during the Los Angeles riots, private security personnel are becoming ubiquitous” (Hanson, 1997). Many people tend to feel safer if security officer are noticed at the entrance of the locations we go to. But, “the desire for increased protection has caused an increase in the allocation of tax dollars to fight crime, but more and more Americans are dipping into their own pockets to buy additional security” (Hanson, 1997). In the USA since we have been exposed to...