On a recent Bill Moyer’s Journal program, he interviewed Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. I was surprised to hear that there are roughly 180,000 contract troops in Iraq, outnumbering the military presence, which numbers roughly 163,000.
Scahill was an extremely lucid interviewee, and I suggest that you watch this compelling interview. There’s mention that the contractor troops make a lot more money than regular troops and are typically much better equipped.
Given the size and sophistication of this force, I’m curious about the connection between contractors and geospatial intelligence. I wasn’t able to find any links online, and unfortunately am not at GeoInt this week. I’m hoping someone there can ask the question or shed some light on the interface between troops and contractors–how they share information, how they track each others location, and how they fuse intelligence between each other.