The Neoliberal Wars

The links between neoliberal capitalism, the state, and the rise of modern ‘Private Military and Security Contractors’ is investigated here.

With the advantage of hindsight we can see that, at least for the U.S. military, the first significant step into PMSC waters was the Logistics Civil Augmentation (LOGCAP) program. Not coincidentally this tracks with the emergence of neoliberalism as an organizing policy principle during the Reagan and Thatcher era. Administratively, the origins of private contracting can be traced to 1985 when US Army Chief-of-Staff General John A. Wickham signed an order that set out the concepts, responsibilities, policies and procedures for using civilian contractors to replace soldiers and local labour during wartime.

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