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In the purest sense, the term mercenary applies to those who are employed to kill others for money. But with a few notable exceptions, not many modern contractors fit this Wild West “hired-gun” stereotype. The complexity of the myriad job requirements on the modern battlefield dictates the direct involvement of tens of thousands of highly skilled civilians. Today they are sought from nearly every occupation imaginable. But any historical discussion of war zone contracting must begin with its mercenary origins.
Executive Outcomes insists that it performs work for only legitimate governments, but there are a fair number of skeptics to this claim. The increased power of contracting firms in Africa and expansion into other businesses has been the subject of much controversy in the United Nations and elsewhere. Contractors have been accused of competing not just for contracts, but for vital interests protected by other firms in the less visible war behind the war. They are alleged to be wielding their influence and power to colonize nations.
While training the Iraqis, Karuza had not been authorized to carry a personal sidearm. By the time of his subsequent return to Iraq, the soldiers he and his fellow contractors had trained were in leadership positions. S. military, demanding that their friend Karuza and his fellow contractors be properly armed. Their demands were nonnegotiable. S. Army coughing up about a hundred weapons. The United States continually struggles to keep control in the war zone. But the government’s muddled bureaucracy is slow to recognize new developments and adapt accordingly.