Small Wars Journal

Are Private Contractors Really Cheaper?

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 12:24pm

Are Private Contractors Really Cheaper? By David Isenberg, Time Magazine.

Those who support using private military and security contractors often claim that a major reason for doing so is that it is more cost-effective than using regular military forces.

While there hasn’t been a whole lot of rigorous evidence put forward to substantiate the claim, especially considering the decades the argument has been forward, basic fairness dictates that we have to say it is possible.

But, as the saying goes: be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it...

Read on.