The Business of War: A Content Analysis of Private Military Companies' Websites

dc.contributor.authorGainer, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRuger, William P.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAmaya, Ismael
dc.descriptionAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Fall 2010.
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this research is to describe the different services offered on websites by a high profile sample of private military companies. An examination of literature related to the private military industry illustrates the history of non-state actors as well as factors that contributed to the post-Cold War growth of the industry. The main factors discussed are the corporatization of service providers and growing trends of privatization during the Cold War. Method: Through the use of a conceptual framework, three descriptive categories were developed. Each descriptive category is comprised of sub-categories that identify a type of service offered in the industry. The descriptive categories are drawn from P.W. Singer's book Corporate Warriors: The rise of the privatized military industry. They are used to connect to website analysis of existing PMCs. The population studied is drawn using members of a private military trade association called the International Peace Operations Association. Using content analysis, a keyword search was conducted of member websites to identify the percentage of companies offering a given service. Findings: The data shows that each descriptive category has one service provided by at least half of the companies in the sample and that more than half of the firms examined provided services in at least two descriptive categories. The overall results indicate that PMCs are equipped to deliver a multitude of services. Additionally, the results show how private military companies have equipped themselves to target market niches with wide-ranging contract specifications.
dc.description.departmentPublic Administration
dc.format.extent104 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationGainer, J. (2010). The business of war: A content analysis of private military companies' websites. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.subjectprivate military
dc.subjectcontent analysis
dc.subjectforeign policy
dc.subjectBlack Water
dc.subjectexecutive outcomes
dc.subjectNorthbridge Services
dc.subjectmilitary companies
dc.subjectprivate companies
dc.subjectmilitary industry
dc.subjectpost-Cold War growth
dc.subjectPublic Administration
dc.titleThe Business of War: A Content Analysis of Private Military Companies' Websites
dc.typeApplied Research Project


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