The UAE in Yemen: With a Lot of Help from its Mercs

Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Toumajan shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the U.S. Army Central commanding general (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Youtoy Martin).

by David Isenberg The UAE has participated in the ongoing, Saudi-led war in Yemen largely through its use of a disparate collection of mercenaries, or to use the accepted euphemism, “private military contractors” (PMC). In 2011, the UAE hired Erik… Continue Reading  

Mulligans and Mercenaries in Afghanistan

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by John Feffer Donald Trump loves to play golf. So far, he has teed off twice as many times as Barack Obama had at the same point in his term. Indeed, Trump has spent as much as 20 percent of his presidency at various… Continue Reading  

Russia Leads the Way to a PMC Future

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by David Isenberg Something almost unprecedented has been happening in the world of private military contracting (PMC) over the past several months: the reemergence of an actual private military company. This company is putting the military back in the PMC.… Continue Reading  

America’s Post-Democratic Military

Scouts with the 82nd Airborne Division?s 1st Brigade Combat Team fire on a line during a course in advanced rifle marksmanship March 21-24, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The weeklong course emphasized adapting to battlefield problems by knowing one?s tools and capabilities.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

by William Astore In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States. Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather… Continue Reading  

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

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by William D. Hartung The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the… Continue Reading