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Blackwater founder wants to boost the Afghan air war with his private air force | MilitaryTimes

Erik Prince, the former CEO of the private military company known as Blackwater, wants to step up the Afghan air war with a private air force capable of intelligence collection and close-air support, according to a recent proposal submitted to the Afghan government. According to a senior Afghan military official, Prince has submitted a business proposal offering a “turn-key composite ... Read More »

Private military contractors aren’t going to do a better job in Afghanistan. Here’s why. | The Washington Post

The New York Times reported July 10 on meetings between President Trump, his top advisers and private military and security company (PMSC) magnates, Erik Prince (founder of Blackwater) and Stephen A. Feinberg (owner of DynCorp International) to discuss plans for having contractors take over U.S. operations in Afghanistan. The plans are said to hew closely to the Wall Street Journal op-ed ... Read More »

The UAE is ’employing’ Blackwater to run its army | The New Arab

The UAE army has been working for years to strengthen its military capability, yet only a small percentage of its operational staff actually hold UAE passports, it has emerged. The role of private security contractors in Middle Eastern conflicts has been connected to numerous reports of human rights violations – but their central role in running the UAE’s military is rarely ... Read More »

Blackwater founder’s FSG signs security deal with Somali region | Reuters

Frontier Services Group (FSG) , co-founded by Erik Prince who created the U.S. security firm Blackwater, said on Thursday it would provide logistics, aviation and security services for a regional development project in Somalia. Hong Kong-listed FSG said the deal was signed with the Free Zone Investment Authority of the South West State of Somalia, one of the federal regions ... Read More »

Private defense companies are here to stay — what does that mean for national security? | Defense News

Share prices of many military and intelligence contractors have risen sharply since the election of Donald Trump as the United States’ president. Investors are betting that an increase in defense spending will provide a windfall for these firms. For instance, General Dynamics, a large contractor that develops combat vehicles and weapons systems for the U.S. military, saw its stock price jump ... Read More »

Group Accused Of DNC Hack Also Targeted Firm Formerly Known As Blackwater: Report | The Huffington Post

A cyber-espionage group that targeted political parties during U.S. and French elections also launched a phishing campaign against Academi, the private military firm formerly known as Blackwater, a new report says. Pawn Storm, a hacking group also known as Fancy Bear, targeted Academi on April 24, 2014, according to a report released Tuesday by the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. Crowdstrike, another ... Read More »

Eric Prince, founder of Blackwater, is said to have advised Trump’s team | The Boston Globe

In the very public, post-election parade of dignitaries, confidants and job-seekers filing in and out of Donald Trump’s marquee Manhattan tower, Blackwater founder Erik Prince was largely out of sight. And yet Prince was very much a presence, providing advice to Trump’s inner circle, including his top national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, according to people familiar with his activities. ... Read More »

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel | The Washington Post

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before ... Read More »

The Green Beret Who Wouldn’t Go Home | Fortuna’s Corner

John Allen’s war officially ended in 2002, only months after it began, when an enemy grenade blast sent the young Green Beret hurtling through a windshield. Fifteen years later, he’s still in Afghanistan, holed up in a friend’s attic with a whiskey bottle and a piano for company. Mr. Allen is hoping to ride out the latest controversy surrounding his ... Read More »

Cubic Awarded $42 Million Contract to Continue Mission Support Services at U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center | Business Wire

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), today announced it received a contract award worth more than $42 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to support live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training services for the Joint Readiness Training Center’s (JRTC) Operations Group at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Cubic will support rotational and pre-deployment training exercise ... Read More »