Sunday, November 15, 2009

Inducements and Sanctions

In the case of opting for the use of private military companies to execute what would have previously been national military endeavors one would need to apply government polices which would cater to both the private companies as well as the long standing national military as well. As well as contending with both the private companies and the national military officials would also need to paint private military companies and the practice of hiring them as an acceptable practice in the eyes of the American populace, for they would be the ones truly paying for these companies. I would suggest that officials first begin a to formulate a policy which would possibly offer tax incentives for private military companies that would offer their services at cheaper rates as well as accept missions that have previously been deemed to dangerous for small private companies, I would also offer the inducement to the existing military agencies that if they can deem a military operation feasible for a smaller force, and then offer this smaller private force the mission, perhaps their budget or specific branch may receive some type of compensation. One would want the ultimate result of these inducements to lead to the national military preferring to contract out to private companies in an effort to avoid the loss of enlisted soldiers while at the same time saving money and creating a more efficient outcome. Inducements would be far better in furthering mutual respect and cooperation.
However this is not to say that sanctions would not also be employed. Sanctions would need to be employed in regards to punishing private military companies that either broke with the assigned orders or failed to meet oversight standards, or worse broke with the rules of international engagement. Sanctions would have to be swift and severe in order to avoid a public backlash at the first mistake caused by the use of private military companies. The sanctions would need to create a level of no tolerance for deviation from the state mandated orders and oversights, and would ultimately lead to the end of the private company if such orders were not followed. There may be no middle road with regards to these private companies, if they wish to have government funding then they must be strictly controlled and suffer drastic consequences if they deviate in any manner.

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