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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

100 thoughts on “Superpower for Hire: Rise of the Private Military

  1. all these people who say VICE doesn't know shit about history because of the mercenaries that have been fighting in wars for centuries are wrong
    mercenaries were obviously used in massive quantities back in the day, but they were hired by the governments to serve the government's interest
    now the mercenaries are owned by private companies which means that they will serve private corporate interests, not government's
    that's a big difference man

  2. so you have enough for private jet flights (usually 10K an hour) but You can't get armored cars (average 60 on top of the price of the car)? LOL

  3. Plausible Deniability is Why They Exist, Every Nation,Country on the Planet Use Them Like Pawns to move on the Chess Board…and the reason for their 25k a month is they are subject to DEATH at any minute, Most are "Honorably Discharged Vets" trying to feed their Family's GOD BLESS all the true unsung Heroes.

  4. PMCs are nothing more than the mere reflection of the unwillingness of their respective civilian cultures to adequately fund, support, and allow their respective armed forces establishments to fight and win wars. In short most civilian cultures are gutless; they like hotdogs. Soldiers are hotdogs; they just don't want to see how the hotdogs are made.

  5. My question is the people they are protecting, what have they done to the public for them to fear for their lives. I don't like the purpose of it.

  6. Who then, Is the "bad guy($)", when it all becomes about money paid to/for highest bidder?
    The bad guys are "the bad guys" to the opposite fighter, no matter who it it?!
    Which could be said that, All are bad guys, killing for profit$(money)!?
    Soon we all are going to be taking-up arms against all sell-outs mercenaries(whether in country's uniforms or not) who are getting paid by evil gov's and/or regimes reasons & agendas, just like what is coming here?
    But are going to be fought for free for "Real Freedom"(survival's sakes), against a tyrannical government soldiers and police state?
    Hmmmm? 😱🐒

  7. Aren't you guys worried that once your crooked/currupt gov, with their fuked-up agendas for reasons to take out other peoples lands & gov's, get tired and no longer feel the need for you (or don't wanna pay second half), they decide to double-cross you and sell you out, to leave to them who they hired you to fight against…and you wouldn't ever be the wiser? (Because you'd be dead most likely)!

  8. Private military contractors have contracts to kill ? Is that it ? But they are not part of military services.i think just to make it legal they call it PMC but not different from a hired killer .

  9. Private Military isn't above the Law. A War Crime is a War Crime no matter who you are, or where you are. The fact that a lot of these retired Soldiers are fighting in it makes them even easier to identify. I'm a Libertarian so I think all our Wars are illegal at best. They're War Crimes at worst. We're in 9 different African Countries, and a handful of Middle Eastern Countries all at once. The 911 resolution didn't say invade 7 countries occupy 7 more.

  10. “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”

  11. Look, if these corporate, capitalist, fascist corporations want to hire themselves out to OTHER corporate, capitalist, fascist corporations… fine, let them. But don't you fucking DARE to use MY taxes to pay for these assholes running around doing the job that my country's military should be doing… which NO ONE should actually be doing, because we all know full well that the United States (along with the other top world powers) are the scumbag world powers who go around and TERRORIZE other nations and nation-states. Stop using MY taxes to subsidize private military corporations and their contractors.

    Erik "THE Piece-of-Shit!" Prince… one of the biggest scumbags on planet earth. Him and his scumbag sister, Betsy DeVos… both are HUGE scumbags. Most likely, they are Nazis. I doubt it not.

    Erik Prince: "We did exactly what the U.S. government hired us to do…" we murdered innocent Iraqis while driving through a traffic circle causing chaos and mayhem, while doing what we were hired to do, to TERRORIZE the Iraqi people. Erik Prince, his private, corporate-owned, corporate-hired, corporate-trained, privatized military killers are the scum of the earth. And all similar corporations that hire themselves out in this way are also obviously, the SCUM of the earth.

  12. Private "military's" have being going on for centuries. The British East India company had its own army and navy . Great Britain , China and many other countries for many decades made use of mercenaries . In WW2 China made use of American's i.e. the flying tiger's, Great Britain it was the eagle squadron. In the days of sailing ships we had the likes of Henry Morgan , Francis Drake & Magellan.

  13. I feel like this video misses the idea that mercenaries aren't a new concept. Ancient Rome, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Russia, etc… all hired mercenaries from places like Switzerland (neutral) for millennia. The idea of mercenaries isn't a new concept or business. It is probably the second oldest profession behind prostitution and when you think about it they're not different. Both get hired to fuck someone.

  14. When you have absolutely no fucking clue what you're doing, have no tactics or prior military service just wear some sick aviators and people will think you're checked out. Shoves loaded firearm in skinny jeans waistband what a fuckin dud.

  15. This is a little bit clickbait "More Contractors than Military" There are lots of contractors, a small percentage of them are shooters. Most of them are cooks, admin, mechanics, and other support jobs. Also, a lot of the "contractors" were people from extreme poverty countries like India and the Philippines. Those contractors worked 84 hours a week for……maybe 700 US a month? I'm not dogging it necessarily because they were still making way more than they could in their own country. I just want to point out that most Private Military Contractors were not in active combat roles.

  16. Contractors? You mean terrorists right? Because that’s what they are. They’re invading another nation, killing people and children for money.

  17. 11:53 Jan Schakowsky crying about PMC. Meanwhile her state of Illinois is the only state with an active war zone in it known as Chicago.

  18. Our tax dollars going to Betsy Devoss' brother. It's a big fucking club, and we ain't in it. We must abolish this power structure

  19. In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court
    for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a 
    maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, 
    still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
    If you have a problem – if no one else can help – and if you can find 
    them – maybe you can hire: The A-Team.

  20. Idc how safe anyone thinks a holster is. That's just stupid. All the way around. I had a .22 go of by itself laying on a bench, shit happens with deflagrants and explosives. And it's impossible do to army parcour with any thing stuck in your groin. There is no defense of the whole thing.

  21. The reason why half the operating force in Afghanistan and Iraq is cause around this time we pulled a shit ton of guys out and the rest are all advisory, they are typically non combat unless they’re attacked

  22. But my question is this, who does the choosing on the person that's being guarded and is that person always going to be one of the "good guys?", or is it.. who ever has the money for the protection and the line that seperated good from bad gets obscured?

  23. What scares Jan the most is she don't have control of them. These are the people that are going to save us when the Government turns on the people.

  24. I would totally hire these guys to clean North African shores from all of those communists trafficking with humans

  25. These mercenaries are hired by the US government and CIA as well to fight and kill and cause chaos all around the world. Yet many Americans will act like if the American military isn't involved then its means America is involved… period. But the people who are affected by this violence know exactly who is responsible and do not forget. Of course once they fight back they will be known as terrorist and that's exactly what America is hoping for.

  26. Super power for hire huh? So the resistance fighters who defeated all these scum in iraq, syria, Lebanon, and yemen, are they stronger than a super power? Stupid title. They are not a super power….

  27. How are they getting away with it if they are literally dying in battle? Do people not realize they literally lost control of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, yemen, Lebanon….etc… they literally, in real life, were held accountable by the people of the middle east, not by the "chain of command "

  28. The pmc are obviously interested in perpetuating war, for more profit, so they stir up sectarian hatred. It's called the forces of evil.
    However…..their actions have caused the resistance to become more powerful than ever, and the winner has decidedly been the resistance axis. Sorry vice, not the best and brightest after all

  29. sure. take away the people's right to defend themselves by any means , and allowed to bare arms and private security becomes the booming business that it is….
    and why not dress that v.i.p like a peasant and safely escort in a pinto

  30. I watched this sick garbage until it got to Betsy Devoss' brother , the killer formerly known as Prince, yes, he's gay, but that's not why I hate him. I hate him because he's getting rich on our tax dollars with other people's blood. He is shit. Full stop !!

  31. Let me just understand this and the opinion from the puerile non smelling fart brigade.
    Two men both trained in warfare to a standard suitable for combat at an equal level. Solider one. Outside a bandit fortress are told to get in and kick the snot out of the occupants. Soldier two say's "which body parts do you want back?" Solider two says "What rule book do I have to follow"?. During the assult they are both killed and soldier one's family get a comfortable pay-out that may see their family's through comfortably for a reasonable period of time. Soldier two gets ferried back and buried if they can find all his bit's and laid to rest at a military cemetery. His family get a token payment and a drip-dry monthly pay out enough to put shoes on his children's feet and a school uniform. Their payment can and historically been altered over time by spineless politicians who ordered his unit to assult the rats nest in th first place.
    I wanted to be a solider to give my family the best I could so I joined up for that reason so which one do I go to after I have passed my gruelling training? Which one would you go with?

  32. There are childeren and innocent people around. These privates are there for money. No body cares about bad guys. They will find a bed guy even there is not really one around. They are fighting a bogus war.

  33. geez, when you invade a country on spurious reasons, for an agenda that's based on lies, who would have thought it could go so wrong? BESIDES EVERYONE

  34. the question of where the allegiance of those PMCs lie is a good question. the PMCs should be held to the same scrutiny as the national army/navy/af

  35. Give me a AK-47 hundred round drum 2 Glock 19 with 33 round extended mags a good sniper rifle and a katana sword and I'll be ready to go to war with any son of a b** who wants it……

  36. Hey, Erik, there wasn't a fucking country back then, asshole. I hope your mercs all end up in Valhalla, sooner rather than later, you fight for nothing!

  37. It just seems like hypocrisy that the American government can covertly fund and train terrorists but it is immoral if any one else does it. It is like as long as covert action is denied it does not exist(operation Ajax for instance) but pointing the finger of immorality by the public is being ignorant of what your tax money is used for, Americans are being sent to Afghanistan to fight and die trying to kill the same people their parents tax money funded to be terrorists and encouraged to call for Jihad to kill Russians. Yet the public are told the biggest threat is Islamic extremism. The biggest threat is blow back from previous covert foreign policy and the covert actions that are causing the blow back of the future(Libya/Syria for instance).

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