Harper’s Magazine (Sep 2006): Six questions for Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton is a writer and filmmaker who has worked in war zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Liberia. He is the author of the bestselling World’s Most Dangerous Places and the newly released License to Kill, about the growing use of private contractors by the armed forces of the United States and other nations. Pelton estimates that there are currently about 70,000 hired guns in Iraq alone (about half Iraqi and half expatriates) and that private military contracting is now a $100 billion industry. I recently asked him a series of questions about the origins of the industry, where it’s headed, and how contractors have performed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Source: Harper’s Magazine

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