The British armed forces are stationed in more than 80 countries around the world, performing a range of activities including peacekeeping to providing humanitarian aid.

In support of the armed forces, there are a number of private companies that send contractors to foreign territories to assist the military in a variety of operations (*1), which may extend beyond domestic training and base maintenance activities to include logistical and operational support. Certainly the view of US policymakers (*2) is that:

“Contractor support is an essential vital part of our force projection capability – and increasing in its importance.”

It may be that the UK policymakers share a similar view, especially as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) does recognise that it sits at the cutting edge of defence management innovation (*3), because:

“There is huge international interest in the UK’s approach to developing partnerships between the public and private sectors. It is an area of public policy where the UK leads the world.”

It is feasible that the work between the public (military) and private (company) within the UK, in particular, may be likely to expand, so that the need for contractors to be deployed overseas remains an on-going requirement. However, there are critics of the outsourcing of operational services within UK military bases, so the different perspectives will continue to challenge each other, whilst the one maxim (*4) is posited:-

                “..anything not directly involved in warfighting should be outsourced,…”

What is fascinating in reviewing the UK public and private sector involvement is the consideration required to examine and discuss the engagement between these sectors in providing the necessary support in logistics, technology, consultancy, training and education within a military setting. Such a review must include the cultural aspects of the collaboration between the military and the corporate world, since both are completely contrasting worlds. There are so many factors that need to be investigated in order to decide how much the private sector should be included as team members in military bases, as opposed to a martial in-house arrangement.

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In the meantime, here in the UK, contractors are still being assigned to military operations overseas, which is where Staff Defence can be relied upon to provide a one-day CONDO (Contractors ON Deployed Operations)  Refresher training course. This course is perfect for those contractors, who have completed the initial CONDO training course three years ago. It gives contractors the opportunity to receive updated information on civil disturbance and terrorist attacks, together with renewed awareness of safety and security, including the basic principles of First Aid. We firmly believe that this course is invaluable and should be undertaken, if any employee is being deployed overseas. Therefore, we encourage you to visit our website and click on the link below to learn more about our CONDO Refresher training course:-



(*1). Contractors On Deployed Military Operations UK Policy and Doctrine

(*2). American Hegemony Incorporated: “The Importance and Implications of Military Contractors in Iraq” C. Spearin Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 24, No. 3, December 2003, p. 32.

(*3). HM Treasury, Public Private Partnerships P. 9

(*4). Withers.