Mackenzie Aden

Mentor: Marie Grace Brown, Associate Professor, History

Changing of the Guard: A New Revolution in Military Affairs, Privatization, and an Evolving Culture of War

The very nature of a military is that it must constantly evolve to respond to new threats. In the case of the American military, the change came in the form of private military firms. Increased international presence, more political goals, and insurgent wars are hallmarks of this new American culture of war. As the Department of Defense grows more reliant on private forces to carry out political missions, the military suffers from low enlistment and lack of domestic support for foreign wars. In my research, I study the transition from drafted and volunteer armed forces to privatized missions and the dangers of becoming too reliant on third-party contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Major: History & Political Science
Study Abroad: United Kingdom

 

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