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Effects of Environmental Threat on U.S. Defense Contractors in War Zones from the Social Science and Technology Perspectives

Effects of Environmental Threat on U.S. Defense Contractors in War Zones from the Social Science and Technology Perspectives
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Author(s): Jeffrey T. Fowler (Northcentral University, USA) and Ruth Sharf (Northcentral University, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 9
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch638

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Abstract

The following article will explore environmental threat as it applies to contractor personnel in combat zones from both the technological and scientific perspectives. A unique aspect of defense contracting is the performance of contracts in war zones, such as Afghanistan. Asymmetric warfare, lacking conventional front lines, dictates that contractors encounter physical threat at any time and in a variety of circumstances. Under these conditions, contracting assumes a new dimension associated with a heightened level of physical environmental threat and the mitigating effects inherent in technological advantage. In addition, social science research into morale factors is an important element in contractor performance. It is interesting to note that the West has been unable to destroy the fundamentalist forces arrayed against it despite remarkable and rapid technological and scientific advances and their application in the theater of war.

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