In their hearts, some PMSC advocates know this, which is why they will make arguments like this: It's not that we do it better or cheaper than regular military forces; rather it's that regular military forces have better things to do than slinging hash or doing laundry.
Still the vagueness, regardless of how deliberate it may be, of many firms has often bugged me. Perhaps it is because I'm a Capricorn but I prefer directness. And I think most people actually do understand that the world being what it is that there is a need for guys with guns.
Private military and security contractors frequently assert that they are so effective that they should be used in United Nations peacekeeping operations. It is a contention that has received greater attention in recent years. But is it true?
I am critical of largely self-regulation efforts, such as Codes of Conduct. It is not that such codes are bad. Rather, the problem is that in order to make it really work, some other things need to go along with it.