"Civilian Contractors 2: World in Flames" just isn't as catchy
August 19, 2010 10:54 AM Subscribe
What is the difference between a civilian contractor and a mercenary?
posted by Ndwright to law & government (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Reading this mefi post
I was reminded of an old question I've had lurking in the back of my head since around '04: What's the difference between a civilian contractor and a mercenary? Is there some practical or functional difference? Is it a linguistic formality, ie "balistically-induced aperture" instead of "bullet hole"? The wiki article
seems to imply the latter, as there are multiple definitions of what constitutes a mercenary.
Also, did we use as many civilian contractors in the past? It seems like every mention of Iraq/Afghanistan includes some reference of the contractors we're employing.