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Steven L. Schooner

Steven L. Schooner is a Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Contract Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School. Professor Schooner previously served as the Associate Administrator for Procurement Law and Legislation in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, and as an Army Judge Advocate. For his full bio, go to: http://www.law.gwu.edu/Faculty/profile.aspx?id=1740


Dead Contractors: The Un-Examined Effect of Surrogates on the Public’s Casualty Sensitivity

Dead Contractors: The Un-Examined Effect of Surrogates on the Public’s Casualty Sensitivity

When a nation deploys ground forces, an inverse relationship exists between the number of military deaths and public support. This stark and monolithic metric, which economists call the “casualty sensitivity” effect, requires close examination today.  On the modern battlefield, contractor personnel die at rates similar to — or indeed often in excess of — soldiers, […]