Salon : Warriors for hire in Iraq

P.W. Singer of Salon details the use of private military firms (PMFs) in Iraq and elsewhere.

“[T]here are more private military contractors on the ground in Iraq than troops from any one ally, including Britain”

“Soldiers within the private military field typically make between two to 10 times what they make with their home-state military. Much as in regular industry, those at the higher end have an elite background, except that in the PMF world, having been in a Green Beret, SEAL or Special Air Service unit supplants being an Harvard or Wharton MBA as a point of distinction.”