Carnegie Mellon University

The Privatization of Force

Course Number: 84-686

This course considers different forms of privatized force and security over time and across various strategic contexts, from historical mercenarism up to modern-day private military and security contractors. While going through the historical and modern material chronologically, the course considers the various issues that arise with each form of privatized force, including questions that arise regarding the state's monopoly on violence, legal and humanitarian issues, and civil-military relations. These range from theoretical concerns regarding modern definitions of the state, to practical operational-level concerns pertaining to field coordination issues between the military and private contractors in modern conflicts.

Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 12
Location(s): Pittsburgh


Elective course for the following CMIST degrees:
Master of Science in International Relations and Politics
Master of Information Technology Strategy