A Defence of Contractors: Outsourcing Capacity to Wage War

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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 21st ANZAM 2007 Conference: Managing Our Intellectual and Social Capital, 2007, pp. 1 - 13
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Governments have greatly expanded their outsourcing activities over the last twenty years. A review of the various types of outsourcing is presented, along with the political implications associated with each. The paper then concentrates on the expansion of outsourcing associated with the Iraq war. A significant amount of the expenditure for that war is allocated to contractors to the US military for work to be undertaken in Iraq. This pushes the boundaries of what has normally been considered solely a government responsibility. Drawing upon the literature of US defence outsourcing, a model, termed the iron triangle has been developed to assist in analysis of US defence spending on private provision of goods and services.
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