The Private Sector in Security Sector Reform: Essential But Not Yet Optimized
|Title||The Private Sector in Security Sector Reform: Essential But Not Yet Optimized|
|Subtitle / Series Title||USIPeace Briefing|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Number of Pages||10 pp.|
|Publisher||United States Institute of Peace (USIP)|
While the U.S. and world economies are slowing markedly, Security Sector Reform (SSR) is a growth industry for the private sector. U.S. government employees may set SSR policy and design projects, but implementation is extensively outsourced to private contractors. With the forthcoming surge of U.S. military forces into Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has announced contracts worth $1.1 billion for the construction of military bases and training centers for Afghan military and police. Private firms supply everything from construction materials to trainers and administrative staff. Private contractors operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan are required to provide their own security. Up to 15 percent of the cost of construction will go to private security firms, which guard convoys, facilities and personnel.