Hall Center For The Humanities


Ann Hagedorn
Author of Savage Peace: Hope & Fear in America 1919; former Simons Public Humanities Fellow

The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security
Special Events

Thu., Sep. 11, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch provided. RSVP by September 4 to hallcenter@ku.edu. Book signing to follow.
Location: Hall Center

Thirty years ago there were no private military and security companies (PMSCs); there were only mercenaries. Now the PMSCs are a bona-fide industry, an indispensable part of American foreign and military policy. Ann Hagedorn profiles the members of Congress who recognize the dangers of dependence on PMSCs, but have been unable to limit them or even determine their true scope. She takes us to the exclusive club in London where the PMSCs were created, and she reveals the key figure in the evolution of the industry. She introduces us to a US Army general who studies new developments, such as PMSCs drone operations, and worries about PMSCs potentially fighting American troops.  Ann Hagedorn has been a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has taught writing at Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism and at Columbia Universitys Graduate School of Journalism.

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