Private Contractors Dominate Middle East War Zones

Sep 10, 2014

Ann Hagedorn is the author of 'The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security.'

When you think of Iraq and Afghanistan, you think of American soldiers in uniform, but what may surprise you is how many private contractors are there too. In recent years, the ratio of contractors to  uniformed soldiers has been 10 to one.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a journalist about the increase in these forces and why relying on them so much might not be a good idea.

Guest:

  • Ann Hagedorn, author of The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security