Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s Armed Crop Duster Is At The Paris Air Show

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s Armed Crop Duster Is At The Paris Air Show

Bulgarian firm LASA brings its T-Bird to Le Bourget, but customers might not be thrilled with the company’s mercenary connections.

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Erik Prince: Trump Considering My Proposal for Afghanistan War

Erik Prince: Trump Considering My Proposal for Afghanistan War

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a plan drawn up by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince to hire a private army to end the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Breitbart News has confirmed.

Prince told Breitbart News that the U.S. is assessing his strategy as it debates what to do about the ongoing conflict that has already outlasted two administrations.

“My proposal has been taken up by various federal officials for review as part of their recommendations to the president,” declared the former U.S. Navy SEAL, dismissing claims that his plan involves the full privatization of the war in Afghanistan.

Prince argues that there would be fewer private contractors in Afghanistan under his plan than there are there now.

“There’s already nearly 26,000 private contractors in Afghanistan, that number would go down to about 5,000,” he told Breitbart News. “The American troop levels would go from 9,000 down to 2,000. That’s hardly a privatization of the war. That’s a rationalization and an ending of the war.” Continue reading

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Mattis Mulls Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan

Mattis Mulls Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan

Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment establish a patrol base in an abandoned compound in Afghanistan on April 10, 2017. (screen grab from U.S. Defense Department video)Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment establish a patrol base in an abandoned compound in Afghanistan on April 10, 2017. (screen grab from U.S. Defense Department video)

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said administration officials are mulling the proposal by businessman and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince to surge private security contractors into Afghanistan to take over duties currently performed by U.S. troops.

“The strategic decisions have not been made, but — I don’t know how to put this — I think that’s all I want to say,” Mattis told reporters Monday at the Pentagon. “The strategic decision has not been made.” Continue reading

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Private Security Firms Possibility in US Afghan Strategy


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense department's budget.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense department’s budget.

U.S. policymakers are “very, very close” to a new military strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, but options still range from withdrawal to an increased reliance on private security contractors.

“I believe we are close,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters late Monday, cautioning a range of options are under consideration.

“We’re sharpening each one of the options so you can see the pluses and minuses of each one,” he said. Continue reading

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Private military and security companies, contract structure, market competition, and violence in Iraq

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Modern maritime piracy: The anti-piracy professionals’ consciousness of the hard and soft law regulating anti-piracy operations

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Air Power and PMSCs

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  • Christopher Spearin,
  • Department of Defence StudiesRoyal Military College of Canada/Canadian Forces CollegeTorontoCanada

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Chapter 6 concerns air power and while one is, by physical necessity, pushed towards considering Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) and machines, this chapter nevertheless stresses the compensating qualities of PMSCs that are similarly bounded defensively and limited by relative technological sophistication. This chapter does this by first explaining the importance of technology in the air, the offensive proclivities of air power as set by theorists and doctrine, and the increasing costs and prestige tied to jet age air power. These matters are all in keeping with the conventional forces norm. This chapter then reveals that while a space, at first glance, does exist for PMSC air power through the conduct of certain tasks with less sophisticated aircraft, firms are nevertheless constrained. This chapter explains that a defensive orientation sees PMSCs utilized much more towards protecting themselves in the air and/or others on the ground. To make this plain, this chapter presents a number of cases in which PMSCs have employed state-owned assets, conducted defensive operations, or been rolled into much larger state efforts to apply military power.

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The emergence of private security governance. Assessing facilitating conditions in the case of Somali piracy

Global Change, Peace & Security

formerly Pacifica Review: Peace, Security & Global Change

Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 1

Pages 21-37 | Published online: 15 Sep 2016

Facing the threat of Somali piracy, private actors have created a private security governance framework by both issuing and implementing standards as well as offering operative security solutions through armed guards. Which conditions have facilitated this provision of private security? The present article approaches this research question in two innovative ways: Theoretically, by deriving four conditions from the literature on private climate governance and applying them to the security realm; and empirically, by analyzing the activities of Private Military and Security Companies and the shipping industry in the case of Somali piracy based on a series of semi-structured interviews. Thus, the article contributes to the literature on private security in at least two ways: it provides an extensive understanding of private security incorporating operative and regulative elements and it uses insights about private governance from a more developed field in order to understand private security governance more systematically. The article concludes that all four conditions prominent in the literature on climate change – risk perception, involvement of capital markets, governmental inability, and commodification – can successfully be applied to the case of Somali piracy and explain the emergence and dynamic of private security governance.

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Challenging Sovereignty and State Control of Violence at Sea? The Operations of Private Anti-Piracy Security Providers

Resistance and Change in World Politics pp 79-108

Part of the Global Issues book series (GLOISS)

  • Carolin Liss
  1. 1.Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)Frankfurt am MainGermany
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Sovereignty and state monopoly on the use of force are among the defining characteristics of the nation-state. Since the end of the Cold War, however, non-state actors—notably private military and security companies (PMSCs)—have once again begun to play a significant role in national and international security governance. PMSCs are also active at sea, not least protecting vessels against pirate attacks. Although there was an initial reluctance to entrust the protection of merchant ships to PMSCs, many states have now introduced regulations that provide for, or at least tolerate, their use. State failure to protect ships and crews and the strategic alliance-building by PMSCs helped them to secure a place in maritime security governance.

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The Age of outsourcing: The UN Peacekeeping Operations

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