U.S. Wartime Contracting: Risk-transference & Depoliticisation of Security in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Mikkel Steen Dahlgaard

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis elucidates the contractor dependent U.S. led War in Iraq (2003-2011) with the assumption that private security contracting during this war was constituting a risk-transfer from U.S. soldiers to the private sector for security. With the theory of risk-transfer militarism as formulated by Martin Shaw the analysis examines how private security contracting was part of a kafkasque in-theatre military contracting in an atmosphere of insecurity during the Iraq War. Further, it examines this as a partly decentralised U.S. private security contracting both lacking oversight and transparency and discuss this as politically conditioned as an absence of sufficient allocated military capabilities. Due to the clandestine nature of private security contracting during the Iraq War, the political risk of using private security contractors is assumable reduced and the analysis will discuss this in comparison to public accountability and congressional oversight contrary to regular U.S. troop deployments. In the end, this thesis discusses the use of private security contractors as a depoliticisation of security and U.S. foreign policy.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2018
Antal sider65
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen


  • U.S. Military
  • Risk-transference
  • Iraq War
  • Operation Iragi Freedom
  • Depoliticisation
  • Private military security companies
  • private security companies
  • Wartime contracting
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • Martin Shaw
  • National security