Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2014

Soldiers of Misfortune?

May 2014

The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


In examing 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 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 and policymakers engaged in the difficult task of planning and conducting contingency operations.