Contractors & War: The Transformation of U.S. Expeditionary Operations
Christopher Kinsey and Malcolm Hugh Patterson, eds. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012. 352 pp. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Curtis Nickel, U.S. Navy
As anyone can attest who has visited an overseas war zone during the past decade, the striking number of civilian contractors working alongside uniformed soldiers makes it more like an American town than a military installation. Although little known outside a small segment of the military, in wartime these contractors have a long history in the United States, dating back to the nation’s fight for independence. But our reliance on them in the 21st century is unprecedented. In theater there are just as many as there are troops. In this book, Kinsey and Patterson’s collected essays aim to introduce readers to this established and growing trend.