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Empire's Labor: The Global Army That Supports U.S. Wars

Adam Moore


In a dramatic unveiling of the little-known world of contracted military logistics, this book examines the lives of the global army of laborers who support US overseas wars. The book brings to the reader the experience of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who perform jobs such as truck drivers and administrative assistants at bases located in warzones in the Middle East and Africa. It highlights the changes the U.S. military has undergone since the Vietnam War, when the ratio of contractors to uniformed personnel was roughly 1:6. In Afghanistan it has been as high as 4:1. This growth ... More

Keywords: military logistics, U.S. overseas wars, warzone, US military, military labor, logistics outsourcing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501742170
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501742170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Moore, author
University of California, Los Angeles