An article in Real Clear Defense on 1 July carried a Washington Post story that said that there are 53,000 US contractors were in the Middle East last year, compared with 35,000 US troops, according to a useful, comprehensive, timely and fascinating study by Brown University. Since 2001, an estimated 8,000 contractors for US companies have died on duty in the Middle East – 1,000 more than the number of US troops who have been killed. The article also notes that many of the contractors killed were foreign nationals and this has led to a double exploitation of using foreign workers for dangerous jobs and paying them less than US employees earn. It also provides a useful counterweight to concern and reports on Russian use of PMC, such as the Wagner Group.

The full study is available at –




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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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