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Blackwater founder Erik Prince prevails in legal battle with ex-business partner | The Washington Post

A marathon legal battle between a combat knife salesman and Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, came to an end Friday, after a Northern Virginia jury awarded the former security firm executive $2.6 million in civil damages on numerous counts, including breach of contract and fraud. The jury’s decision comes after a testy and lengthy dispute between Prince, 48, who is ... Read More »

Army to stand up second Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg | Army Times

The second Security Force Assistance Brigade will stand up at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the Army announced on Friday. Fort Bragg was chosen based on “strategic considerations,” including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, the presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs, according to an Army news release. Fort Bragg is one ... Read More »

Soldiers to test new jungle boots, hot weather uniforms this spring | Army Times

The Army is sending new jungle boots and an improved hot weather uniform to soldiers in Hawaii in January. Troops with the 25th Infantry Division will wear the new gear in different settings, including a Pacific Pathways exercise rotation to the Philippines and Thailand in February. Program Executive Office Soldier will collect feedback from the soldiers in March to see ... Read More »

Blackwater founder Erik Prince denies he owes an ex-business partner $1 million | Washington Post

Erik Prince, founder of the notorious and now-shuttered military contracting firm Blackwater, has faced off against inquisitors of all stripes. A House oversight committee once grilled him for four hours about shootings and other acts of violence by Blackwater guards against civilians in the Iraqi war zone. Just last week, Prince testified before House investigators that he met an ally of Russian President Vladimir ... Read More »

The U.S. Navy Hopes to Reach Gen Z With Its New ‘Forged by the Sea’ Campaign | AdWeek

The U.S. Navy is launching a new recruitment campaign around the annual Army-Navy college football game Saturday. Two new broadcast spots set to debut during the game introduce a new tagline, “Forged by the sea.” The campaign marks the Navy’s first work from Young & Rubicam, which was appointed its lead creative agency following a 2015 review, and is aimed at the ... Read More »

Defense contractor sentenced to five years for defrauding more than $15 million | Military Times

A North Carolina-based defense contractor has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding the government of more than $15 million through two separate conspiracies. Philip Mearing, 48, is the former president of Global Services Corporation. In that role, he and his associates, Kenneth Bricker and Ken Deines, made fraudulent payments from Mearing’s company to dummy corporations Deines had ... Read More »

How to Save the Pentagon’s Innovation Insurgency | Defense One

The former chief of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force suggests parallel tracks for innovation and execution. There is an insurgency inside the Defense Department and the intelligence agencies, carried on by passionate, dedicated innovators who survive by skirting the bureaucracies that would grind them down. The good news is that this insurgency of “defense entrepreneurs” is growing, keeping alive America’s hopes ... Read More »

Three Marine veterans’ awards upgraded to Navy Cross, Silver Stars | Marine Times

The Marine Corps recently recognized three heroes whose valor awards were upgraded to the Navy Cross and Silver Star. On Nov. 14, former Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Gonzalez received the Navy Cross for jumping on a fellow Marine to protect him from a grenade. Gonzalez had initially received the Silver Star. Former Marine Sgt. Eubaldo ­Lovato, who braved intense enemy ... Read More »

Source: Navy swears in new acquisitions chief | Defense News

The U.S. Navy’s new acquisition boss is officially on the job, being sworn in by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Tuesday. James “Hondo” Geurts, a long-time civilian senior executive, takes the position long occupied by former research, development and acquisition chief Sean Stackley, who started during the George W. Bush administration. “I look forward to working with a great team ... Read More »