Superpower for Hire: Rise of the Private Military

Superpower for Hire: Rise of the Private Military

Rock and roll This is Tony Shiena Owner of Mosaic Security Private Military Company that provides Elite forces level security for their clients Tony has a VIP coming into Caracas tomorrow, who we’ll need to guard We tagged along as he scouted out a particularly dangerous neighbourhood That we will need to pass through in the morning It’s called The Triple X Barrier The main issue with this client, is, we need to pick him up at (inaudible) airport and deliver him to his meeting at the military installation but there’s no circumventing this These guys should be flanking on each side Okay, he’s already seen a potential shooter Considering the police claim 25 people are shot in this barrier a day The armed person they spotted was not taken lightly This is the wrong (bleep) place to be Although we were able to get out without incident it was clear that tomorrow’s security was going to need to be very serious We’re at an airport about to extract a client So the idea is that we have got to get him from here To go to meet a government contractor There’ve been a number of attempts on his life So, you know, tensions are running a little bit high Everybody recover, recover, recover So there have been two or three attempts on your life? For the business that you work in, you wouldn’t be able to operate without these guys taking you through countries While providing highly trained security for VIPs like Pablo is one role PMCs play, its really just the tip of the iceberg In fact, the International Private Military Industry, has been exploding over the last 20 years To find out more about this new modern world of mercenaries We spoke to P. W. Singer, author of the book: Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Private Military Industry A Private Military Company, a PMC, is Private Companies, taking on roles that have traditionally been done by the military and intelligence agencies by the broader, national security complex We have this assumption of war and who fights it a man in uniform and that uniform, to us, means; well they’re part of a national military and when you look at the 21st Century, that image in our mind… It just doesn’t hold true These companies have taken on all the different roles of war Everything from the back-end logistics, to training and consulting, to the tactical battlefield role Pretty much, its the new American way of war, whether you’re talking about Iraq or now Afganistan Roughly half of the force there, is Private Military [Jedd} In fact, business is SO good, that the global market for Private Security Services is projected to reach $218 billion in 2014 and as more and more aspects of modern war and security are outsources to PMCs, these companies are poised to grow even larger [P. W. Singer] Outsourcing is always about cost savings its the number of people that you don’t have to to call up from your national guard and reserves to take on these roles Deaths, Injuries, Capture of Private Military Contractors Doesn’t resonate into the political world the same way it does for someone in the military so we’re seeing everything from companies that have being operating in Iraq, now doing things like counter-piracy operations off Somalia, to the emergence of Chinese Private Security Companies operating in Africa, or the Russians use private contractors during their Crimea operation when we look at the future frontiers of the Private Military Industry, they reflect the next frontiers of war To find out more about this massive industry, that is fast becoming the future of war we spoke to the man that, almost, single handedly created the modern PMC as we know it We’re here in Abu-Dhabi and we’re going to interview one of the most important people in the PMC world, Eric Prince, who was the founder of Blackwater PMCs are as American as Thanksgiving Day [the] First Colonies were started by contractors, they were hired to secure most logistics of private companies Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colonies were, uh, were private endevours Now look, I started Blackwater as a way to stay connected to the SEAL teams When our customers called us, we ran very hard to fill their needs but we were mischaracterised as “out of control mercenaries” and the fact is we were American Veterans serving America again and getting paid on a competitively bid contact. “Full stop” We did exactly the job the U.S government hired us to do and did it well, more than 100 000 missions, on the security side, no one under our care ever killed or injured [Jedd] For a first hand look to see what it takes to become a “soldier for hire” we travelled to the Czech Republic to the “Anti-Terror Academy” a former military base which is now one of the most popular security training facilities in Europe This is where future PMC soldiers are going to be freshening up their skills before they go out and work In theory, even people like me can do these training courses and basically be guns for hire Make sure you focus on that foresight Okay Squeeze in the trigger Although they are willing to train beginners like me, it was clear that a vast majority of the guys there were former military, running through combat drills “How did you get into all of this?” “So I left the army, because the money wasn’t good enough for what I was getting paid to do. Why would I do 5 years in Iraq…” “in the army and earn $120 grand, when I can do 2 years in Iraq and earn $400 grand…” “Certainly in my era, anybody who is any good in the army, isn’t in the army anymore” [Jedd] The main goal of a facility like this is to take the elite skills these soldiers already have for offensive combat and reshape them to provide defensive, special forces level security and protection [Instructor] “The 2 guys behind, they just push out” (gun cocks) [Jedd] But, as I watched them run their drills, it was clear that these manoeuvres were much more than just offensive They aren’t only learning to provide additional support and security They are essentially becoming their own army Nobody nows more about what it means to have Private Armies for hire than the world famous mercenary, Simon Mann after serving the British Special Forces, he spent over 20 years in the PMC industry until 2004 when he served 5 years in prison in Equatorial Guinea for his role in attempting to help stage a coup a private military company, to me, is a company that is prepared to carry out full on offensive military operations under a contract, “(inaudible) you pay us a load of money and we will help you win your war” Where I get worried is when you start saying “No the way forward is for combat operations to be privatised and given out wholesale to the private sector There are certain things that armies have to do and a way of doing them that should not be in the private sector These guys are fighting for money, they’re not fighting for the state, their not fighting out of sense of duty or patriotism when it gets serious is when you get a PMC that starts to get excessively muscular the line between defence and offence gets very quickly blurred so immediately any decent soldiers will start thinking “Instead of waiting here to be shot, why don’t we go out there and bag the bad guys before they manage to shoot us?” and suddenly, you know, the rules start to get bent [Jedd] The further you look into the training around the world for PMCs The more you realise that they’re public face as simply defensive security is only one side to their capabilities So we’re here to see Mick Cowan He’s a former sniper and he’s now a PMC He’s asked us to keep his location secret because he just doesn’t want people to know where this is going on. We’re going to spend a little bit of time with him to kind of find out what he does how it all works. [Mick] I operate as a consultant for a number of companies and I step in and provide the actual instruction ability [Jedd] Simple put he trains PMCs to be snipers using the latest military techniques and hardware [Mick] Basically an AR-15 M4, with a red dot sight on it [Jedd] And it’s not just about shooting accuracy, they also teach you how to blend in with your environment So your target doesn’t even know you exist [Mick] Jedd, you gotta be really low and slow. (grunt) Is there any kind of contracts that come along that you just morally don’t agree with or don’t take Yes, certainly there would be jobs that I could see coming along that I would go “Hmmmm, thanks but no thanks” But, morality is down to the individual and down to the companies themselves You’ll always get people who are morally repugnant, but you’ll always get cowboys [Jedd] But its not only the moral question of who these cowboys might work for that makes many uneasy For veteran journalist Robert Pelton, who witnessed the rise of PMC in both Iraq and Afgahnistan first hand It’s a concern about their willingness to blur the lines if serves their purpose It is a myth to assume that contractors are aligned with governments and they synchronise, they actually have opposing goals and there are many cases in which contractors were actually arrested by military (scoffs) in Iraq for doing exactly that, shooting at people, you know, causing a mess It’s security but it doesn’t seem like security because it’s to keep them secure If i come up and punch you in the face and say “That’s for your protection” that’s kinda the joke You see fences going up, you see guard posts, you see people stopping you and you say “That’s not a police badge” And it’s up to the public to decide whether they think the use of force, by a non-state actor is appropriate [Jedd] In fact, the actions of some PMCs has caused such an alarm, that U.S congressman, Jan Schakowsky has introduced legislation to limit them from use in warzones altogether There has been concern about using people who don’t wear the badge of the United States of America Who are not part of a chain of command Who aren’t held accountable in the same ways I think what scares me the most, about these, uh, Private Military Contractors is that buy and large they operate in the shadows, the transparency isn’t there, the accountability isn’t there. It appears that these contractors, literally, may be able to get away with murder. [Jedd] When you consider that these companies might operate above the law, even while employed by the U.S Government The bigger question for New York Times Washington correspondent David Sanger, it what happens when PMCs Work completely outside the juristiction of America itself One big concern for Private Military Contractors is a question of allegiance When they become political instruments to help prop up a government, that’s when you begin to ask the question: “Does this corporation have the foreign policy of its own? And is that corporations foreign policy in sync or in opposition to American foreign Policy?” Are they truly American? Or are they truly international? Who exactly are they working for? When the best and the brightest from armies around the world are now working for PMCs You have to wonder if the next military super power won’t be a country but a corporation I think the PMC of the future can manipulate governments We’re at a stage now where I think it can happen All CC done by Oliverpls

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  1. PMC's are MERCENARIES – MERCENARIES are GUNS FOR HIRE – MERCENARIES will kill and ask no questions as long as they PAID. MERCENARIES are essentially contacted HITMEN and blood thrusty WAR DOGS without conscience, morals, or loyalties. HE who will pay the most – gets a private henchman army.

  2. So what happens if a veteran is fine after he leaves. Does some stint as a pmc and gets ptsd? Is the military going to help, or is he on his own?

  3. Private Military is a more glamorous name for Mercenaries. Mercenaries have been around since the days of Ancient Greeks

  4. I was a black ops contractor for the government for years. We're much more prevalent than you'd think. And we do the real dirty work for the Pentagon and intelligence agencies so they officially didn't do it, weren't there etc… If you got rid of PMCs the criminality of war would keep all nations in total gridlock. There'd also be no way to execute the true bad guys without a lot of tribunal foot dragging and bullshit. Many vile people would walk free and murder thousands more because of the corruption found in most governments, especially the arab and muslim ones. Lawyers, surgeons and religious leaders don't belong on battlefields. That space shall always be the domain of violence, the place where men pretend God wears blinders and everything one can do for pleasure or vengeance should be allowed.

  5. This is very very very dangerous.. Because it's become more corporate.
    When soldiers are so close to making money from conflict, an incentive to increase conflict arises.

  6. Usually PMC do the same thing government forces do but with less men and for way cheaper. I think it’s a good alternative.

  7. Frankly we train these people and they serve the US spectacularly well when they fall under the DOD.

    But we live here in America and just like a military pilot retiring and going on to become an airline captain they have valuable skills and this is capitalism.

  8. Paid protection and all they brought was side arms LOL come on y'all we know this whole thing is just for show…

  9. Private militaries, instead of state sponsored, I'm alright with it. At least the soldiers get paid what they're worth, and they can quit their job without legal punishment, if they choose too.

  10. Bitch lady at the end would rather waste tax money and US soldiers instead of using a more cost effect Merc army. Resign lady and move to Cuba

  11. Wait, wait. Half the people in Iraq, and Afghanistan are PMCs? Seriously, that many? God no wonder we hear so much about war crimes. That pretty much explains it. Accountable to no one but the bosses, and as long as they get the job done it doesn't matter what happens along the way. This isn't good. This sort of thing honestly should not be legal. There should be a prohibition on mercenaries/PMCs added to the Geneva Conventions, and these companies should prohibited from operating in civilized countries where this sort of thing isn't necessary to protect dissenters. Every Saudi secularist, and Liberal should have these guys working for them… Then they should all get together, and send their terror supporting Royals the way of Tsar Nicholas II, and his family. At least then these contractors would be doing something beneficial to all humanity.

  12. What scares is that there are politicians that have no idea what they're doing or talking about it couldn't actually cost private military groups their lives

  13. private military= Akatsuki all the villages are hireing them because these small group of skilled shinobi are cheaper than employing less skilled masses of huge expensive shinobi armies

  14. Big difference between military and contractors. The military provides offensive and defensive power. Contractors provide personal/private/commercial security and training. At no time can a contractor provide any offensive force. All they can do is protect and train. This came to light again when USIS contractors took an offensive role in the assault on Falluja, because the foreign forces they trained would not enter battle as they were trained. A colonel committed suicide because of this event.

  15. The Venezuela bit…..hype, dude…..pure hype. It can get bad, but c'mon, man. Afghanistan, Iraq, etc…..that's where you need to stay on your toes and then some. All in all, and after more than three years there, fuck it all….

  16. The beginning where they scouted out a route, DUMB!! Why wear your vests on the outside. Those are made for to wear on the inside of your clothes. They see that, they are either gonna hide or they will see it and know someone important is gonna be coming through there. 1-5 calls and they will have 20 men all around there everyday and night waiting for them

  17. I would imagine if the government turns on the people, the super bad, bad guys will be hand picked and lured by lots of cash so politically the gov. keepts its hands clean. Just like is happening with some of these stupid shootings. someone is motivating people to kill in order to free america from guns to open us up for bullying from these groups. I am not saying this is american government doing this, but i assure you its a political move. could be Russia, could be middle eastern outsourcing. I am not sure how you motivate people to kill without being tied to islam or an increased bank account. But if someone would investigate far enough for the guy in Nevada someone would find something.

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  19. I hope they know that in the stat that quotes 2007 contractors numbers in Iraq outnumbering military personnel; it includes a lot of "contractors" in support roles. (i.e building bridges, cooking, driving trucks, indigenous personnel doing a plethora of "dirty" jobs.)

  20. Dude took him into that dangerous ass neighborhood on a motorcycle with a pistol. Where are the armored vehicle's and automatic rifles? That's what I'd want, they seem low budget at best.

  21. When the government tries to take over and the military doesnt do their bidding, they will use mercenaries to try and fight the people.

  22. Take. Enter care of the US Soldier! All these rich politicians hype. Lies. Our military industry complex is directly tied to our current GDP

  23. If the Vice guy doesn't already have brain damage he will soon, riding on the back of a dirt bike without a helmet !

  24. 1:52 “it was clear tomorrow’s security was going to need to be very serious…. which means maybe not just stuffing a pistol into your fucking belt like a chump in a movie, ya know, cuz that’s a super stable position to draw from🖕🏽🙄”

  25. "Like Russia with their crimea operation"…… you mean when they stole a country that couldnt defend itself and the world didnt do shit?

  26. Black water wasn't the first private contractors or private military The Executive outcome was the first private military for hire they were ex military mercenaries. Executive outcome was hired by a country in Africa because the United nations soliders were there and they left because it was to violent so the 5000 UN peace keeping soldiers left and they were there for 2 to 4 years so Executive outcome was hired and they only had 800 to 1000 ex mercenaries and ex soldiers from other countries and these men cleaned up that African country in one year which the United nations could not do in 5 years. The United nations started complaining about countries hiring private military contractors for help. I have to admit those men are very good at what they do .

  27. And governments think they can take our guns 😂😂😂 not unless they want this country to turn into a barren wasteland…

  28. Opening statement,…………………….100% false. That's a fact! You have no clue what it was like there unless you were actually there.

  29. Not a professional guard or at least a broke one. I would have a tank bulletproof Chopper if I'm going to provide a service for individual you are going to be well protected not running around town with a stupid handgun you got a problem that town just kill everybody no more problem pussy

  30. East India Company…I guess they had a navy or private contractor…that's what you get when dealing with Arabs…need security to protect from property people like that! 👍

  31. hold on… so he's a professional but he has his gun pointed at his dick? lol can't afford a quick draw holster XD yeah no he's just an average joe

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