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REMINDER - Contractors on the Battlefield: A Briefing on the Future of the Defense Industry Print
Contractors on the Battlefield: A Briefing on the Future of the Defense Industry

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Wohlstetter Conference Center, Twelfth Floor, AEI
1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036

Please register online at http://www.aei.org/event1287

In recent years the U.S. military has grown increasingly dependent on private contractors. From servicing equipment to training indigenous forces to providing security, contractors are now deeply woven into the fabric of the American warfare. In Iraq, there are now more private contractors than non-U.S. foreign forces.


How did contractors become such an important part of the U.S. defense mission? How is their rise affecting the way that the United States fights wars, in terms of strategy, operations, logistics, and ethics? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having contractors on the battlefield? What kinds of reforms in the current system would serve America's national interests?

These and other questions will be the subject of an AEI panel discussion. Participants include Deborah Avant, professor at George Washington University; Cofer Black, vice chairman of Blackwater USA; John Hamre, president of CSIS and former deputy secretary of defense; and Dov Zakheim, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and former under secretary of defense and chief financial officer for the Pentagon. AEI resident fellow Thomas Donnelly will moderate.


9:15 a.m.            Registration

9:30                   Panel Discussion

Discussants:       Deborah Avant, George Washington University
                          Cofer Black, Blackwater USA
                          John Hamre, CSIS
                          Dov Zakheim, Booz Allen Hamilton

Moderator:          Thomas Donnelly, AEI


11:30                  Adjournment


Please register online at http://www.aei.org/event1287. Shortly after an event occurs, a video webcast will be available on the AEI website at www.aei.org/eventvideos .


For more information, please contact Melissa Wisner at mwisner@aei.org
For media inquiries, please contact Veronique Rodman at vrodman@aei.org
 
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