PJC = Private Jihadi Contractor

by David Isenberg From the very beginning of the modern private military company (PMC) era, dating back to the late 1980s, one question raised by just about every observer looking into it was, how did you guarantee that a private… Continue Reading  

Putin’s Mercenaries Are Using Syria as a Training Ground

by Nicolai Due-Gundersen The year 2014 was a difficult one for the Middle East but an interesting one for Russia. While the Muslim world watched the rise of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), Russian President Vladimir Putin was reversing… Continue Reading  

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

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  

If at first you don’t privatize, try, try again

by David Isenberg Question: What does a man worth billions of dollars want? Answer: More billions. Now such a description could apply to more than a few people in the fields of finance, investing and technology, but in this case… Continue Reading  

Why Feinberg and Prince Are Offensive

by David Isenberg According to a July 10 New York Times article, Steve Bannon has relied on advice from Erik Prince, co-founder of storied private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen A. Feinberg, a private equity billionaire financier who owns the… Continue Reading