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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 2 event Gut Check Route KASOTC Amman Jordan
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Published on May 1, 2018
May 1, 2018, day 2 for Army Recognition online Defense and Security magazine at the Warrior Competition 2018 in KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Every day, Army Recognition editorial team publishes latest news and full video coverage about day events of the Warrior Competition 2018. Two events were held today, the Gut Check Route and The Pipe Hitter.
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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 2 event Pipe Hitter at KASOTC in Amman Jordan
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Published on May 2, 2018
May 1, 2018, day 2 for Army Recognition online Defense and Security magazine at the Warrior Competition 2018 in KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Every day, Army Recognition editorial team publishes latest news and full video coverage about day events of the Warrior Competition 2018. Second day event for the competitors at the Warrior Competition 2018, The Pipe Hitter.


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The Newest Russian Rehearsal Of Victory Day Parade 2018.
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Published on May 2, 2018
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The Newest Russian Rehearsal Of Victory Day Parade 2018.

Beginning in December 2017, preparations for the parade were well attended at the unit level. Individual unit practices were held in the various military installations for all the participating units in the national and local parades. Unit practices within Moscow Oblast itself started in early March in the Alabino field and other locations before the full blown parade practice run-throughs for all the participating units will commence later in the month.
All parade practice runs began on 24 March 2018 in the Alabino training range with the first practice run through for the ground column, kicking off the 2-month long national preparations for the 72nd Victory Day, and will last even until the middle of April when the runs on Red Square for the national parade itself will start, ending with a final general combined practice run of the parade in early May in the morning. From the 1st week up to the 3rd week of April, the Alabino military training center serves as the parade training ground for the estimated 14,000 military personnel in attendance for the Moscow parade, plus more than 135 vehicles and 78 aircraft. The air flypast column began their training flights on 9 April 2018.

Mobile Column ………
• T-34/85 medium tank
• GAZ-2975 "Tigr" infantry mobility vehicle
• Kornet D/EM mobile ATGM system on the GAZ Tigr chassis
• Typhoon-K MRAP
• Ural Typhoon MRAP
• BTR-82AM APC
• BMPT Terminator
• BMP-3 (27th Independent Guards "Sevastopol" Motorized Rifle Brigade)
• BMP Kurganets-25 APV and IFV (27th Independent Guards "Sevastopol" Motorized Rifle Brigade)
• T-72B3M (T-72B4) modernized main battle tank
• T-14 main battle tank (2nd Guards "Tamanskaya" Motorized Rifle Division)
• BMD-4M air-droppable IFV
• BTR-MDM "Rakushka" APC
• 2S19 Msta-S tracked self-propelled howitzer (147th Guards "Simferopol" Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment)
• 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV tracked self-propelled howitzer (147th Guards "Simferopol" Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment)
• BM-30 Smerch mobile MRL system (112th Guards "Novorossiysk" MRL Brigade)
• 9K720 Iskander mobile tactical ballistic missile system (112th Guards "Novorossiysk" MRL Brigade)
• Tor-M2U SAM complex on tracked chassis
• Buk-M2 mobile tracked SAM system
• Tor-M2DT and Pantsir-SA towed Arctic SAM system on tracked Vityaz chassis (80th Independent (Arctic) Motor Rifle Brigade)
• Pantsir-S1 mobile SAM system on wheeled chassis (93rd Guards Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment)
• S-400 mobile SAM system on self-propelled wheeled MAZ-7910 chassis (93rd Guards Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment)
• RS-24 Yars road-mobile ICBM system (54th Guards Rocket Division)
• BTR Bumerang APC

Air Fly Past Column ……..
• 1 Mil Mi-26
• 4 Mil Mi-8
• 4 Mil Mi-28
• 4 Kamov Ka-52
• 4 Mil Mi-35
• 1 Tupolev Tu-160
• 4 Tupolev Tu-22M3
• 1 Antonov An-124
• 3 Ilyushin Il-76
• 3 Tupolev Tu-95
• 1 Ilyushin Il-78 and 1 Tupolev Tu-160
• 4 Yakovlev Yak-130
• 4 Sukhoi Su-24M
• 4 Sukhoi Su-34
• 4 Mikoyan MiG-31
• 2 Sukhoi Su-57 (first apperance)
• Sukhoi Su-27 and Mikoyan MiG-29 of the Russian Knights and Strizhi
• 9 Mikoyan MiG-29
• 6 Sukhoi Su-27

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Announcing AAD 2018: Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in South Africa
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Published on May 2, 2018
The Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) is Africa’s only aerospace and defence expo that combines both a trade exhibition and an air show. Held biennially in the City of Tshwane – South Africa’s administrative capital, the AAD Expo is one of South Africa’s largest contributors to the country’s GDP in show years, and is regarded as a national asset. AAD 2018 will be held from the 19 to 23 September 2018 at Air Force Base Waterkloof Centurion, City of Tshwane, South Africa.
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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 3 event The Great Escape KASOTC Amman Jordan
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Published on May 2, 2018
May 2, 2018, day 2 for Army Recognition online Defense and Security magazine at the Warrior Competition 2018 in KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Every day, Army Recognition editorial team publishes latest news and full video coverage about day events of the Warrior Competition 2018. One of the 2 events for today is the Great Escape.
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U.S. Marines Shoot The M38 Designated Marksman Rifle
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Published on May 2, 2018
U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Division, shoot M38 Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifles on a live-fire range at Camp Lejeune, Stone Bay Rifle Range on May 1, 2018.

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Centennial Minute: Sports at Fort Benning
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The first 100 years of Fort Benning history are presented in this series as part of the Centennial Celebration. #Benning100
 

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Centennial Minute: The 24th Infantry Regiment
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Centennial Minute: Fort Benning & Columbus, Post WWI
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The first 100 years of Fort Benning history are presented in this series as part of the Centennial Celebration. #Benning100
 

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Centennial Minute: End of WWI
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US MILITARY UNVEILS EXPERIMENTAL HERF GUN THAT CAN IMMOBILIZE CARS, BOATS || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 3, 2018
The Defense Department’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program has demonstrated the Radio Frequency Vehicle Stopper, an experimental "direct energy weapon" that causes car and boats' electronic engine control units to enter into an endless cycle of rebooting, immobilizing the vehicles until the weapon is switched off.

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ARMY SHOULDER-FIRED WEAPONS SAID TOO POWERFUL TO SHOOT SAFELY || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 3, 2018
Some of the Army’s shoulder-fired weapons are said to be too powerful to be shot safely, with experts believing military personnel could be damaging their brains every time they pull the trigger.

By Zoe Papadakis

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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 3 event McQuade at KASOTC in Amman Jordan
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Published on May 2, 2018
May 2, 2018, day 3 for Army Recognition online Defense and Security magazine at the Warrior Competition 2018 in KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Every day, Army Recognition editorial team publishes latest news and full video coverage about day events of the Warrior Competition 2018. Second day event for the competitors at the Warrior Competition 2018, McQuade.


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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 4 event House of Terror at KASOTC in Amman Jordan
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Published on May 3, 2018
May 3, 2018, day 4 for Army Recognition online Defense and Security magazine at the Warrior Competition 2018 at the KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. As international defense and security magazine, we cover also military events as the Warrior Competition 2018 with news and video report about that type of event. Second day event for the competitors at the Warrior Competition 2018 is the House of Terror.
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Warrior Competition 2018 Day 4 event Time's Up at KASOTC in Amman Jordan
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Published on May 4, 2018
May 3 2018, day 4 for Army Recognition online military magazine with its Online Defense and Security Web TV at the Warrior Competition 2018 in KASOTC, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. There is two events today, the Time's Up and the House of terror.
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HEY, MARINES. RUSSIAN GRUNTS GET NEW ASSAULT RIFLES, TOO || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 5, 2018
As the U.S. Marine Corps works to procure new Heckler & Koch M27 rifles for their infantry, Russian soldiers are taking on their own assault rifle acquisition process.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in January that it plans to field the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles for service, which shoot 5.45×39 mm and 7.62×39 mm cartridges, respectively.

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Donald Trump says he could launch a SPACE FORCE alongside other branches of the military to fight extraterrestrial wars

  • Trump made claims in a speech to the Black Knights US army football team
  • Supremacy in space appears to be an increasing priority for superpowers
  • Russia and China are already developing weapons that can strike satellites
  • US space weapons include the X-37B spacecraft and hypersonic missiles
  • Congress floated the idea of a 'Space Corps' modelled after the Marines
  • This was rejected in December 2017 over fears of funding shortages


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RUSSIA JUST MIGHT HAVE THE PERFECT WEAPON TO CRUSH 'SWARM' ATTACKS || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 6, 2018
Early in the morning of January 6, Russian radars stationed around Latakia, Syria detected no less than thirteen kamikaze drones approaching. Ten of the explosive-laden unmanned vehicles streaked towards Hmeimim airbase, while three others swooped towards the Russian naval base at Tartus. Just a week earlier, Hmeimim had sustained a mortar attack that killed two personnel and likely damaged several aircraft.

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Earning The Kukri: Learning To Use The Iconic Gurkha Weapon | Forces TV
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Published on May 3, 2018
For the past 11 weeks, Gurkha training riflemen in Catterick have been confined to the barracks (bar for their one culture lesson beyond the wire) but this week the class of 2018 successfully ‘passed off the square’.

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WASHINGTON TO TURKEY - S-400 IS NOT NATO COMPATIBLE || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 6, 2018
Being a NATO member apparently means you can only buy arms and military hardware that the US-led bloc approves. At least, that’s what the State Department said in its latest warning to Ankara over an S-400 air-defense system deal.

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26th Marine Expeditionary Unit • Have Gun Will Travel
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Published on May 6, 2018
U.S. Marines under the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26thMEU) travel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility and conduct training operations to stay ready for combat operations.

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Accouncing IDEX 2019: International Defense Exhibition Abu Dhabi UAE United Arab Emirates
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Published on May 6, 2018
IDEX 2019 will be held 17 to 21 February 2019 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi. IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region. Army Recognition the only Official Online Show Daily News for IDEX 2018 with editorial and Web Television.

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Warrior Competition 2018 King's Challenge KASOTC Amman Jordan Special Forces
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Published on May 7, 2018
Warrior Competition 2018 King's Challenge KASOTC Special Forces Amman Jordan
 

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MILITARY HOUSE HUNTING IN JAPAN?!
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Published on May 8, 2018
This video I go through some of the basics of finding a house while you are in Japan. This can change from one location to the next and over time as well. I am hoping to show the good quality you can find from military housing.

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MARINES REORGANIZE INFANTRY FOR HIGH-TECH WAR: FEWER RIFLEMEN, MORE DRONES || WARTHOG 2018
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Published on May 8, 2018
“Everything that Marine wears -- from their boots to their socks to their utilities to their helmet -- is all going to be changed," the Commandant said. "We’ve got money now to do that, and so we’ve got to make it happen now. We’ve got to make it happen now, because I’m not going to make the assumption that that money’s going to be there.”

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Iran vs Israel Part-1 : Infantry Tech Comparison ( Youtube TV ✔ )
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Infantry Tech Comparison of the Iranian and Israeli militaries ( יִשְׂרָאֵל /إِسْرَائِيل‎ vs ایران ) for ( Youtube TV ✔ )
 

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SOFEX 2018 opening ceremony Special Forces Exhibition Amman live demo Jordan armed forces
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Published on May 8, 2018
May 8, 2018 opening of SOFEX 2018, the International Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference which takes place in Amman from the 8 to 10 May 2018. During the opening ceremony, the Special Forces Units of the Jordanian armed forces have performed a live demonstration with troops and combat helicopters.

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U.S. Army Helicopters Drop Infantry Troops On LZ
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Published on May 7, 2018
U.S. Army, New York Army National Guard, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment participate in Operation Americal Fury with the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Edwards, Joint Base Cape Cod, MA on May 4, 2018.

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Legendary Range 400 Kicks Ass • Makes Marines More Lethal
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Published on May 8, 2018
Range 400 at Twentynine Palms is a live-fire training range known for it's intensity and adversity. New U.S. Marine Corps Infantry units must complete this difficult team-trial before being certified to go to war. Filmed May 2018.

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Looking East: Militancy and Insecurity in DRCs Kivus and Ituri
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Published on May 7, 2018
Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kivus and Ituri are seeing resurgences of violence, with new militant coalitions being formed and dormant conflicts seemingly re-igniting. Jordan Anderson discusses the risk of a new rebellion in the east, and what insecurity could mean for DRC’s scheduled elections
 

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Special Forces Amphibious Training, Okinawa 1957 US Army; Green Beret UDT Underwater Demolition Team
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Published on May 10, 2018
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'From Okinawa comes a dramatic episode from the daily intensive training of soldiers assigned to the Army's Special Forces. It is a unique operation in amphibious training for a demolition team of Army frogmen. Included in this sequence is a parachute rescue at sea...'

From "The Big Picture" episode TV-372, Pictorial Report No. 29.

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The United States Army Special Forces, colloquially known as the Green Berets due to their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism. The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping, psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas.[5] Many of their operational techniques are classified, but some nonfiction works and doctrinal manuals are available.

As special operations units, Special Forces are not necessarily under the command authority of the ground commanders in those countries. Instead, while in theater, SF units may report directly to a geographic combatant command, USSOCOM, or other command authorities. The Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits from the Army's Special Forces. Joint CIA–Army Special Forces operations go back to the MACV-SOG branch during the Vietnam War. The cooperation still exists today and is seen in the War in Afghanistan...

Since their establishment in 1952, Special Forces soldiers have operated in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Vietnam, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, 1st Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Syria, Niger and, in an FID role, East Africa...
 

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TFR 104 Dealing with Parents and Military Service
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Published on May 3, 2018
Stew Smith http://stewsmithfitness.com and Jeff Nichols http://performancefirstus.com discuss how a young or old recruit needs to deal with parents who are 1) not accepting into military service, 2) overly involved in the process. Regardless your education and research on the process needs to go deep and you need to share that info with parents / others in your life as well.

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HOW HOSPITAL CORPSMAN BECAME THE BEST JOB IN THE NAVY? (FUTURE CORPSMAN MUST WATCH)
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Published on May 12, 2018
This video I talk about the rise of hospital corpsman in their role in military. Also talk about where they have been recognized and what some of the basic expectations of corpsman can be.

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THE REAL REASON PEOPLE HATE BEING IN THE MILITARY?!
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Published on May 6, 2018
This video I reflect on why people hate the military and what I have learned over the years. Also help understand realistic expectations and how to maintain a positive attitude while serving.
 

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Mapping Erik Prince's Private Mercenary Empire

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 21:45


Authored by Ty Joplin via Albawaba.com,
  • Erik Prince is the modern architect of private military firms
  • His latest venture is in training security personnel in China
  • But he's been all over the world, outsourcing militaries to cheap labor markets
  • Al Bawaba has provided a partial map to track Erik Prince's activities over the years






Erik Prince, the brain behind the infamous private military firm Blackwater, is now in China training security forces.

Prince is partially responsible for modernizing the private army for the post 9/11 world, outsourcing militaries to cheap, specialized labor pools and skirting traditional regulations meant to ensure accountability for armed forces.

His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster the U.S. occupation in Iraq to China is long, dizzying and includes stops around the world to train Colombian mercenaries to help make a private army for the U.A.E. and outfitting crop duster planes with missiles to be fired at Armenians.
He has become a global figure, roaming between conflicts zones to sell various governments his expertise on private armies.

To document his journey thus far, Al Bawaba has compiled a partial list of countries/regions in or for which he has done business.

United States
Prince’s trip around the world starts in the United States.

Born in an affluent Michigan family, his family maintained deep ties to the Republican establishment and several conservative, religious organizations like American Values. His sister, Betsy DeVos, married into one of the most influence political families in the Midwest, the DeVos’s, and began helping to run the Republican party machine in Michigan.

That marriage, which tied the Prince and DeVos family together, has given Erik unprecedented political access into the federal government. His list of close allies including Steve Bannon, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. His sister gives him a direct line of access to Trump himself.

Erik became a Navy SEAL and then established his own private military firm in 1997, Blackwater.

Once the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, Blackwater received billions in contracts from the U.S. government to help supplement the official mission with private boots on the ground, relatively free from accountability or laws from any particular government.

Iraq

Damaged and bloodied car in Nissour Square, Iraq, 2007 after the Blackwater massacre (AFP/FILE)

Blackwater’s activities in Iraq are infamous and account for Prince’s self-imposed exile from the United States.

Apart from harassing Iraqi civilians and running them off of roads with their armored personnel carriers, they also indiscriminately gunned down 14 innocent people in Baghdad in 2007, drawing an investigation and heavy criticism from media outlets around the world.

The incident stands as a cautionary tale for when mercenary groups such as Blackwater are able to operate without sufficient legal or logistical oversight. Facing a wave of scrutiny, Prince left Blackwater and the firm changed its name twice (to Xe and then Academi) to escape the heat.

Many thought they had seen the end of Erik Prince, but he resurfaced later at the helm of a different private military company.


U.A.E.

A satellite image of the camp in the U.A.E. built to train Prince’s 800-member mercenary battalion (Google Earth/New York Times)

In 2011, Erik Prince was appointed by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi to make a secret, private army. For this, he was paid $529 million.

In documents obtained by the New York Times, the mission of this privately commissioned battalion included “intelligence gathering, urban combat, the securing of nuclear and radioactive materials, humanitarian missions and special operations ‘to destroy enemy personnel and equipment,’ and crown-control.

Prince hired Colombians and nationals of other countries thousands of miles away to fill his ranks from two reasons. First, Prince was looking to pay them as little as possible. Second, they weren’t Muslims. Prince surmised that Muslims could not be trusted to kill other Muslims.

A few years later in 2015, Saudi Arabia began its military intervention in Yemen and recruited a host of other Arab nations to join its coalition.

Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, business partner to Erik Prince, Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, signed up for the cause in order to destroy any creeping Iranian influence in the war-torn nation.


Yemen
Erik Prince and his U.A.E. private military firm helped recruit and train over 1,000 soldiers from Latin American countries. Then, their bodies started appearing on battlefields in Yemen.

A single missile reportedly killed 45 mercenaries from the U.A.E.

Prince’s initial battalion of 800 soldiers had blossomed into almost 2,000 specialized troops hired mostly from Latin America to do the U.A.E.’s business.

Although officials say Erik Prince’s formal business role with the U.A.E. had ended several years before the intervention into Yemen, his corporate blueprint to partially outsource the U.A.E.’s military is doubtlessly still in use.

The U.A.E. keeping and even expanding Prince's blueprint for a private, outsourced army demonstrates just how influencial he and his mercenary business model has become.


Azerbaijan

A militarily-modified crop duster, called the T-Bird (LASA Engineering)

After his stint in the U.A.E., Prince began doing more business with Chinese executives at the Frontier Services Group (FSG), which he heads.

On this new enterprise, Prince said it “is not a patriotic endeavor,” rather, it is intended “to build a great business and make some money doing it.”

Interestingly enough, Prince’s business with FSG took him to Azerbaijan, where he was paid by the government to help it deal with its Armenian problem. Armenians are concentrated into Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, which seceded from Azerbaijan and formed a semi-recognized, de facto state.

Azerbaijan called on Erik Prince and FSG to help it keep watch on the Nagorno-Karabakh region, also called the Republic of Artsakh. In response. Prince wanted to show the government two crop duster planes meant for agricultural use but refitted for military purposes. The planes were meant to be outfitted with state-of-the-art surveillance technology and were supposedly able to fire missiles.

They never made it to Azerbaijan after an investigation shut the sale down.

This is because the deal may have broken several laws. The Washington Post found that “executives were concerned that the company might be skirting U.S. law — known as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) — requiring Americans to obtain special permits before defense-related technology can be transferred to foreign countries.”

In response to this controversial arms trade, all but two Americans on the FSG executive board quit due to concerns that he was not serving U.S. interests. This has freed Prince to deal more closely with the Chinese.


Eastern Africa

FSG’s ‘focus region’ (Frontier Services Group)

FSG’s public focus is on providing security and logistical help to eastern African countries such as South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and the DRC.
“When you want logistics done in Africa, you call DHL,” said Sean McFate, a former military contractor in Africa and current expert on mercenaries at the Atlantic Council. “When you want muscle, you call Erik Prince.”

One of FSG’s ventures appears to help oust the extremist militant group, Al Shabaab, from southwest Somalia—an area it has largely controlled for years. “We have brought together strong international business leaders to team-up with talented Somali entrepreneurs to make development in South West Somalia a reality,” an FSG statement reads.

“The project will include an integrated solution of air-land-sea logistics capabilities and advanced security management.”


China
FSG’s headquarters is in Hong Kong, and though it publicly states that its focus is on eastern Africa, FSG is now reported to be doing domestic work on behalf of the Chinese government.

FSG is partially owned by CITIC, a Chinese-government own investment firm. CITIC is slowly taking more and more control of FSG and is reportedly already the dominant shareholder, meaning it has greater power than Prince to determine the company’s vision and business deals.

“The Chinese are gradually taking more control” of the company. CITIC is now playing a larger role as Frontier’s dominant shareholder, said Xin who heads the International Security Defense College that trains security personnel and is overseen by FSG.

“Prince’s share is decreasing. The Chinese are in charge, so it won’t matter.”

One of FSG’s most recent missions has been to train thousands of security personnel in China’s northwest Xinjiang province, where millions of ethnically Turkic Muslims called Uyghurs live.

Uyghurs are routinely targeted by the state due to continuous attempts by some to break away from China and form an independent state.

Thousands of Uyghurs are part of an extremist group called the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), whose leaders are hiding in Pakistan and whose members have a heavy presence in Syria fighting against the Syrian regime.

Human Rights Watch accused the Chinese government of “deploying a predictive policing program,” using massive surveillance technology and a web of high-tech surveillance cameras and compulsory data collection.

They’ve also reportedly sent thousands of Uyghurs to Chinese ‘re-education’ camps.


The Mercenary Prince

Erik Prince (AFP/FILE)

This list only details a few of Erik Prince’s ventures, and does not include an attempt by Prince to send thousands of mercenaries into Afghanistan and reform the political structure of the entire country to essentially be a colony for the United States.

However, Prince has transformed battlefields everywhere and fundamentally altered the way governments construct security apparatuses.
Iran is heavily reliant on outsourced Afghani mercenaries to be cannon fodder in the war in Syria. Russia is supplementing its own intervention into Syria with mercenaries hired by the state-backed Wagner Group who also sends troops to Ukraine. To beat back the nascent extremist group Boko Haram, Nigeria hired private, Apartheid-era security forces from South Africa to do the job.

Thanks to Erik Prince, outsourcing military and intelligence labor is now the norm.

Currently Prince appears to be under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, thanks to meetings he had arranged with a close aide to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Kirill Dmitriev in the Seychelles Islands, a place its own government explains is “the kind of place where you can have a good time away from the media.” The meeting was allegedley to set up a backchannel between Trump and Russia in order to facilitate clandestine communications.

McFate told Al Bawaba that Prince’s use of mercenaries allows countries to enter into and escalate conflicts without having to report it to their citizens; his tactic gives governments “plausible deniability” to anything that the mercenaries do.

According to Dr. P.J. Brendese, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and expert on democratic accountability, private military firms “have greater independence to exercise their own prerogatives and 'we the people' don't get a say. That's the most dangerous thing, because they're profiting--their motivation is not God and country; their motive is money."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-11/mapping-erik-princes-private-mercenary-empire
 
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