Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies

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Mercenaries have been active in battle from the beginning of military history and, as private armies and military support firms, they are a major component of warfare today. Security, military advice, training, logistics support, policing, technological expertise, intelligence, transportationall are outsourced to a greater or lesser degree in the U.S. military. However, privatization is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Australia rely on privatization in one form or another. Historically, heads of state, politicians, and other administrators have justified use of mercenaries on the basis of their effectiveness, and cost-savings. These reasons and others continue to serve as rationales for use of private military companies in military strategy.

Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companiesprovides a comprehensive survey and guide to mercenary forces, entrepreneurs, and corporations active on the international military scene today, including a concise history of mercenaries and private armies on land, sea, and in the air. Narrative chapters are amply supplemented by sidebars including biographies of major figures, key statistics, historical and current documents, contracts, and legislation on private armies and outsourced military services. Each chapter includes a bibliography of books, journal articles, and web sites, and a general bibliography concludes the entire work.





Alan Axelrod has written many works of military history, including The Real History of the VietnamWar (2012), The Real History of the Civil War (2013), A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders,Tribes, and the Wars That Made America (2011), Selling the Great War: The Making of AmericanPropaganda (2009), The Real History of the Cold War (2009), Pattons Drive: The Makingof Americas Greatest General (2009), Blooding at Great Meadows: Young George Washingtonand the Battle That Shaped the Man (2007), The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the CivilWars Cruelest Mission (2007), Miracle at Belleau Wood: The Birth of the Modern U.S. MarineCorps (2007), Bradley: A Biography (2006), and Patton: A Biography (2006). Among his referencebooks are Political History of Americas Wars (2007), Encyclopedia of Wars (2005), Encyclopediaof the United States Armed Forces (2005), American Treaties and Alliances (2000), andThe Macmillan Dictionary of Military Biography (1998).

A former college professor and consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions,Axelrod has been a featured speaker at the Conference on Excellence in Government (Washington,D.C.), the Leadership Institute of Columbia College (Columbia, South Carolina), and theAnnual Conference of the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia).He has been a creative consultant (and on-camera personality) for The Wild West televisiondocumentary series (Warner Bros., 1993), Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and TheDiscovery Channel, and he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, Fox Networkaffiliates in Philadelphia and Atlanta, and numerous radio news and talk programs, including onNational Public Radio. Axelrod lives with his wife, Anita, an artist, in Atlanta and in the BlueRidge Mountains of western North Carolina.