The Wonga Coup talks about what can never happen again. Now which way is it going to go in the future? The founder was a right-wing Christian ideologue who had wanted to be in the special forces but then dropped out. These private soldiers operate their million-dollar contracts from executive boardrooms in London, Washington, Paris and Oslo. In the end, just remember you are plainly engineering controversy out of borrowed scholarship and misplaced paper clippings. These corporate soldiers are part of the last great outsourcing - the privatisation of war. I think they are both incredibly important books.
Worried that key people in the industry might trash you? Private Security Companies are huge now and all over the world. We publish at least two new interviews per week. Well, it does not matter because with your you can always attract decent reviews and, ultimately, you are targeting bought-at-the-airport book readers. It is time to ask this government the same question: Why? No longer dogs of war running ragtag armies, the new breed of private soldiers operate their million-dollar contracts from executive boardrooms worldwide. Iraq really was unlike any other war in our lifetime in that it was so astonishingly privatised. At WordPress, we discuss the changing 21st century security environment in addition to private military and security issues.
The mercenary adventurer is something the British have always done, to our moral detriment but to our financial advantage, and I think that Simon Mann is the last of those and this is his story. The other group went on to become the wild-eyed, African-dictator-toppling gang of mercenaries. Bob Shepherd is a smart bloke who is very aware of how the security industry is changing and he starts to unpick that as he is going along. Private Contractors and the Reconstruction of Iraq by Christopher Kinsey So where does your next book, Private Contractors and the Reconstruction of Iraq, take us? An Unorthodox Soldier by Tim Spicer Your next book is all about Tim Spicer. You get this sense of how this small group of specialised people suddenly found that the demand for their type of work had escalated.
The reasons for this apparent social shift, this new, ugly, public face of a lumpen proletariat Orwell rarely encountered, are many and complex. Yes, Tim Spicer is the closest thing to the father of the private security industry you are going to hear from. It is the story of an unreported Britain, abandoned by politicians and betrayed by the retreat of the welfare state. He has collected some chilling anecdotes about the corners cut by companies who are only interested in profit. It was really just for the elite special forces. At that point the private security industry was very much a nod and a wink game.
These were the people who founded the company Control Risks. So he was there on the ground for the whole thing. Given the 10 year gap since the subject started to be studied systematically and a tidal wave of titles covering the same, what can you do to write and sell a book? They're fighting insurgents in Baghdad and patrolling government buildings in Afghanistan. But Brits do not like blogs or blogging. These corporate soldiers are part of the last great outsourcing - the privatisation of war.
He works at Kings College in London and at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, which is like the university for the armed forces. When the Afghan War broke out he put together people who had been training on his site and tried to get involved in some ops and it worked. War Plc is indeed catchy, if not such an ill-chosen title. Bob Shepherd quickly specialised in looking after journalists. They are the privatised armies of mercenaries. Christopher Kinsey is probably at the leading edge of studying this industry. And of course he was rumbled from the very beginning, before he even got on the plane.
One group went on to found the private security industry as we know it. Most of them are surveyed in this forceful book. And I suspect that we will never see the likes of the Wonga Coup again. The new poor, however, are an even larger group than these official figures suggest. Everything is minutely covered by footnotes. It was a ludicrous scheme stuck in the past.
The book de-demonises the job. With democracies unwilling to see their children die for strategic reasons in foreign lands, these corporate soldiers are part of the last great outsourcing - the privatisation of war. They are more often than not in work, living precariously and betrayed by austerity policies that make affordable good quality housing, good health and secure employment increasingly unimaginable. For example Blackwater is named after a dark swamp in Virginia. There are films which have come out since about Blackwater which you might think are ludicrous, but when you read the book you realise that this is actually what really happened. Mash up passages and make them your own no references needed , throw them at scholars who would be happy to confirm them as long as you mention them in the longest acknowledgment section ever written for this type of book. The British invented the modern private security industry in the Yemen in the early 1960s because there was a civil war in the Yemen which threatened Aden — the last imperial outpost of any use to anyone.
This site has an archive of more than one thousand interviews, or five thousand book recommendations. It leads to the idea of what is the definition of a state. It is not elegant and beneath them. Have you realized that the Iraq conflict, which largely feeds your book, does not fulfil the requirements of a war? However, you are free to criticize British enterprises and people as long as they are long gone. There were lots of complicated political things going on. Well this is the exact opposite of The Circuit, in that it is much more academic. Journalist Armstrong's excellent book looks into how these companies operate.
This technique is particularly important for the first two chapters, i. We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview. Then through judicious payment to the Republican Party he became important in those circles. Read this and you'll realise that now is our time to act. It is about his private security company, Sandline International, selling weapons to the legitimate but ousted government of Sierra Leone and the British military force there.