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Coburn Decries Private Contracting in Afghanistan

In an editorial for The Diplomat, faculty member Noah Coburn opposed the Trump administration's consideration of an Afghanistan strategy that places greater dependence on private security contractors. 

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"There are already more U.S. Department of Defense contractors than members of the U.S. military in Afghanistan," writes Coburn in The Diplomat. "The continued privatization of warfare would allow increased opportunities for nepotism and corruption, lower accountability, and encourage human rights abuses through trafficking, all while making a peaceful end to the war less likely."


Moving toward a contractor-centric model of intervention would be political ineffective, financially questionable, and morally wrong.

Faculty member Noah Coburn