Life in Wartime

The Defense Department is suggesting changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation that would mandate that contractors learn the lines between acceptable and illegal behavior under the international laws of war. This according to a story on the Web site.

Under the Pentagon proposal, contractors "'shall institute and implement an effective program' aimed at preventing law-of-war violations by employees and subcontractors," the story said.

It comes as authorities continue to investigate the role that Blackwater and other private security forces have played in gun battles and other lethal incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those incidents, coupled with the fact that the military and State Department are relying more heavily than ever before on private forces, have provoked a fierce debate in Congress about whether the security companies are properly regulated.

The story says that Pentagon officials propose basic training at a military training center or on the Web: "'Some contractors,' the language states, may need what the notice calls 'advanced training' in the laws of war."

By Robert O'Harrow |  January 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET defense
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I'm confident the Defence Department is going to want to source this one out to the private sector. I smell a business opportunity and another billion dollar payday for Blackwater

Posted by: marc | January 21, 2008 2:18 PM

There are more "private forces" due to the over extension of our military. "Some contractors" don't need 'advanced training'... They need prison!

Posted by: Kevin | January 22, 2008 10:46 AM

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