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By Gerry Schumacher, Steve Gansen

As the U.S. military shrinks, a personal military steps into the breach. A Bloody Business bargains an extraordinary glance backstage and into the ranks of this mercenary strength (numbering as many as 15,000 this day) who protect provide convoys, teach overseas infantrymen, offer defense for overseas leaders and dignitaries—and whose offices are the main risky sizzling spots at the planet.  With its insights into who those males are, what drives them, the place they arrive from, how they arrange, and what they do, this ebook presents a uniquely close-up and whole photograph of the non-public military at the back of America’s army muscle.


The writer interviewed protection contractors and their households, high-ranking coalition officers, and used to be in Iraq, the place he witnessed how deepest squaddies fought ambushes, expert Iraqi forces, escorted high-level officers in harmful stipulations, and observed the contractor aspect of the Iraq struggle. comprises motion at the provide strains and entrance traces of this distinct clash, and the tales of the contractors who dwell it each day.


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Even our best-trained soldiers have little or no job security. It’s foolhardy to believe otherwise. Furthermore, all branches of the military send people to school with highly specific prerequisites that the service member will have x amount of time remaining on his or her enlistment following completion of the training. S. armed forces get an adequate return on their investment. The military has the option of increasing the time requirements remaining after schooling is complete, or improving the pay and working conditions for highly skilled personnel.

Flew operations in support of the French at the conclusive battle of Dien Bien Phu. S. S. military presence is not politically supportable. S. troops in Laos or Cambodia. However, neither of them are known to have denied that there were Air America contractors in Laos or Cambodia. The truth was that Air America helicopters and DC-3s were flying missions daily throughout those two countries. Air America was so commonplace in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia that one could identify their silver aircraft coming and going at nearly every airfield in the region.

Throughout the course of writing this book, Sheila sent me articles, stories, contacts, and information about contractors and their experiences. Her undying love, respect, and support of Steve was reflected in everything she did. He’s a lucky man. To Franco Pecco, the owner of Crescent Security, and his director of security, Scott Schneider, I extend my heartfelt appreciation. Not only did Franco and Scott let me bunk with them and allow their people to talk with me freely, Scott took me along, riding shotgun on the roads in Iraq.

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