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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 »

Chinese private security companies go global | Financial Times

On the evening of July 8, the streets of the South Sudanese capital of Juba were raked with gunfire as an uneasy truce between warring political factions broke down. Inside the offices of DeWe Security, a Chinese private security firm, phones started ringing. Sample the FT’s top stories for a week You select the topic, we deliver the news. Select ... Read More »

Betsy DeVos’s Brother, The Founder Of Blackwater, Is Setting Up A Private Army For China, Sources Say | BuzzFeed News

Erik Prince — founder of the private military company Blackwater, financial backer of President Donald Trump, brother to the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and frequent Breitbart radio guest of White House power broker Stephen Bannon — has been offering his military expertise to support Chinese government objectives and setting up two Blackwater-style training camps in China, according to sources ... Read More »

Government lawyers acknowledge that the enemy fired first in Blackwater case | Circa News

In a remarkable reversal, U.S. government lawyers now acknowledge that former Blackwater security guards convicted in a 2007 Iraqi massacre may have come under enemy fire BEFORE they discharged their weapons in a tragedy that drove a wedge between Baghdad and Washington, and sullied the global private security profession. Source: Government lawyers acknowledge that the enemy fired first in Blackwater ... Read More »

Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows | The Intercept

Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the Defense and State departments. The official asked not to ... Read More »