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  

US and Russia Compete to Privatize Syrian War

Russian private military contractors in Syria

by David Isenberg Periodic media attention has focused on private military security companies in the past couple of years. Erik Prince has occasionally popped up from his underground warren to pitch his latest self-serving scheme to enrich himself. For instance,… Continue Reading  

Erik Prince and Big Data

Alexander Nix of Cambridge Analytica (Wikimedia Commons)

by David Isenberg Revelations that data-consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten personal information from Facebook for the Trump campaign masks the more scandalous reality that the company is firmly ensconced in the U.S. military-industrial complex. As The New York Review… Continue Reading  

The Credibility of Erik Prince

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by David Isenberg President Trump’s August 21 speech on Afghanistan endorsed an increase of several thousand U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. In so doing, Trump seemed to reject the plan pitched by Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg to substantially rely on… Continue Reading  

Erik Prince to Prince bin Zayed: The Private Military Connection

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by David Isenberg In 2014, retired Gen. James Mattis, now secretary of defense, reportedly referred to the United Arab Emirates as “Little Sparta.” He was favorably comparing the UAE to the historic Greek city-state, known for its military prowess, especially… Continue Reading