Contractors and Counterinsurgency


Via Marc Lynch, “Can’t Win With Them, Can’t Go To War Without Them” by Peter Singer (the one who writes about private military contractors, not the controversial philosopher). The basic argument, to quote Lynch’s gloss, is that contractors are a kind of addiction “a cheap fix which allows for poorly conceived military interventions beyond the real means of the United States.” Their use is counterproductive in counterinsurgency situations, yet we’ve organized ourselves so that it’s impossible to conduct a counterinsurgency without them.