Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror❴Reading❵ ➽ Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror Author Erik Prince – Bluevapours.co.uk Founder and former president of Blackwater, the private contractor that provided security in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the many accusations that his organization was trigger happy and Founder and former The Inside Epub Þ president of Blackwater, the private contractor that provided security in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the many accusations that Civilian Warriors: MOBI :✓ his organization was trigger happy and bilked the American taxpayer.

Erik Dean Prince The Inside Epub Þ born June , is an American businessman and former US Navy SEAL, best known for founding the world s Civilian Warriors: MOBI :✓ largest private military company, Blackwater USA, in He served as its CEO until and later as chairman until Blackwater Worldwide was sold Warriors: The Inside PDF ✓ in to a group of investors Prince currently lives in the United Arab EmiratesPrince was born on June , , in Holland, Michigan, to Edgar D Prince and Elsa Broekhuizen, the youngest of four children Both his parents share Dutch heritage the family name, Prins, was at some point anglicized to Prince He graduated from Holland Christian High SchoolPrince was accepted into the United States Naval Academy and attended it for three semesters before leaving, citing that he loved the Navy but disliked the Academy He went on to receive his BA in economics from Hillsdale College in During his time at Hillsdale, Prince served as a volunteer firefighter and as a cold water diver for the Hillsdale County Sheriff s Department Prince eventually became an emergency medical technicianAfter college, Prince was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy via Officer Candidate School in He went on to become a Navy SEAL and deployed with SEAL Team to Haiti, the Middle East, and the Balkans He credits the SEALs for being an outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit In his autobiography he states that it was during the Yugoslav Wars of the early s that he realized the need for private training facilities for special operationsPrince ended his US Navy service prematurely in when his father died Prince s mother sold the Prince Corporation for billion in cash to Johnson Controls Prince moved to Virginia Beach and personally financed the formation of Blackwater Worldwide in He bought , acres square kilometers of the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina and set up a school for special operations The name Blackwater comes from the peat colored bogs in which the school is locatedFrom to , Blackwater was awarded billion in government security contracts,than billion of which were unclassified federal contracts and an unknown amount of classified work From to , the Central Intelligence Agency CIA awarded up to million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates It became the largest of the State Department s three private security companies, providing guards for embassies and bases abroad Prince built a shooting range on his rural Virginia land to serve as a nearby training facility to CIA headquarters in Langsley, VA In his memoir, Prince says that he provided the CIA with links to Afghan warlords, who helped topple the Taliban and drive al Qaeda into hiding After Blackwater faced mounting legal problems in the United States, Prince was hired by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and moved to Abu Dhabi in His task was to assemble an member troupe of foreign troops for the UAE which was planned months before the Arab Spring revolts He helped the UAE found a new company Reflex Responses, or R, with percent local ownership, carefully avoiding his name on corporate documents He worked to oversee the effort and recruit troops, among others from Executive Outcomes, a former South African mercenary firm hired by several African governments during the s to put down rebellions and protect oil and diamond reserves The battalion was to engage in intelligence gathering, urban combat, special operations to destroy enemy personnel and equipment, crowd control operations, response to terrorist attacks, to put down uprisings inside labor camps, and to secure nuclear and radioactive materials in planned nuclear power plants The force, made up largely of former Colombian soldiers, failedIn January , the Associated Press reported that Prince was training a force of Somalis for antipiracy operations in the.

Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the
  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror
  • Erik Prince
  • English
  • 08 November 2017

10 thoughts on “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

  1. Mike (the Paladin) says:

    There are a couple of books I ve read lately which I m going to give the same advice about Simply stated, just attempt to read it with an open mind.You know if for instance a congress person takes the experience they ve gained and say maybegoes to work for a private company, no one is surprised I mean where do you think lobbyists come from The same goes for most any government job People from public jobs go to work for private companies all the time.But if a military person does it they s There are a couple of books I ve read lately which I m going to give the same advice about Simply stated, just attempt to read it with an open mind.You know if for instance a congress person takes the experience they ve gained and say maybegoes to work for a private company, no one is surprised I mean where do you think lobbyists come from The same goes for most any government job People from public jobs go to work for private companies all the time.But if a military person does it they suddenly become a MERCENARY.Are you aware that up to half the military personal in the Middle East are from Private Military Companies They do food service, they do mail delivery, they do security etc Blackwater got to be the most well known of these for a while and their own success made them somewhat of a target.Personally I ve not seen Mercenaries as somehow another word for evil Mostly the paid military personal from private companies are simply using the experience and training they have to make a better living.This book is basically a response to all the stuff that was said about Blackwater and it s personnel I d say read it with an open mind not going in assuming anything and being aware that both sides will probably give the facts in a way that makes them look the best.Recommended

  2. Mike Oppenheim says:

    Everybody knows Blackwater was the private security contractor that provided bodyguards in Iraq and Afghanistan and was regularly accused of shooting innocent civilians, vastly overpaying its employees, and wasting the taxpayer s money.It turns out its founder and former president he sold the company in 2010 was forbidden by his contract from talking to the media, but now he wants to set the record straight His ghost writer should have urged Prince to tone down the hard right, liberal bashing Everybody knows Blackwater was the private security contractor that provided bodyguards in Iraq and Afghanistan and was regularly accused of shooting innocent civilians, vastly overpaying its employees, and wasting the taxpayer s money.It turns out its founder and former president he sold the company in 2010 was forbidden by his contract from talking to the media, but now he wants to set the record straight His ghost writer should have urged Prince to tone down the hard right, liberal bashing rhetoric It doesn t help his case, and plenty of conservatives denounced Blackwater But Prince makes some good points The Bush administration went to war with a firm goal of not upsetting the electorate, so there was no conscription resulting in a critical shortage of military forces and no tax increases resulting in an unlimited supply of money the wars were financed entirely through borrowing which, at the time, no one protested Private contractors were essential, and there was plenty of money to pay them When the wars began going badly, few dared criticize our boys in uniform, but contractors were an easy mark I tend to believe Prince s claim that Blackwater operatedefficiently than the military, that his employees weren t overpaid and didn t shoot civiliansoften than coalition soldiers, and that they did a reasonable job He s not my sort of guy, but I learned a lot about running a private contracting organzation and the difficulties of dealing with the government

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  4. Zak says:

    1 In this book, Erik Prince, the Founder and ex CEO Chairman of the infamous private military contractor, Blackwater, puts forth a vehement defense of his company Blackwater rose to prominence during the US invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein With rising visibility and a commanding share of contracted government work under the subsequent drawn out occupation, it quickly became a target of the media and political forces both in Iraq and at home in the US, made worse by a few incidences w 1 In this book, Erik Prince, the Founder and ex CEO Chairman of the infamous private military contractor, Blackwater, puts forth a vehement defense of his company Blackwater rose to prominence during the US invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein With rising visibility and a commanding share of contracted government work under the subsequent drawn out occupation, it quickly became a target of the media and political forces both in Iraq and at home in the US, made worse by a few incidences where Blackwater operatives were accused of being trigger happy, cold blooded civilian killers Four of them faced charges, were subsequently convicted and given lengthy prison sentences However, just in August this year, three of them had their sentences thrown out on appeal they are to be resentenced , while the fourth was granted a retrial You can read about this here 2 Naturally, one cannot expect Prince s arguments to be totally unbiased He maintains that his company has always acted in accordance with State Department rules and codes of conduct In instances of aberrant behaviour by individual employees, investigations were always carried out and the findings subjected to State scrutiny Offending employees were either disciplined or fired 3 It s hard to decide which party is telling the truth in such situations, but Prince does put forth compelling arguments in his book He provides clear evidence of how Blackwater always acted under oversight by the State Department, even while the media and politicians back home branded them as free wheeling cowboys or mercenaries running around totally untethered It s also hard to argue with Blackwater s track record in terms of minimal casualties suffered under their protection and the sheer thousands of successful missions they have accomplished 4 I looked up some interviews where various media personalities and politicians talked about Blackwater and it s clear there is a definite bias against it in these circles One interviewee referred to Prince s criminal past even though he has never been indicted or convicted on any criminal charge Several others stated that he absconded to the UAE to avoid facing criminal charges, even though he went there on a very lucrative contract to set up a private military force for the UAE government after he was forced to sell Blackwater and returns regularly to the US for golf and skiing Given my general low regard for politicians of any stripe and high level government bureaucrats who are in most cases politicians in disguise anyways , I have to say I do have a feeling Blackwater did serve as a convenient scapegoat for an unpopular war to some extent I would really love to hear what the real soldiers on the ground or US vets have to say about Blackwater, though

  5. Michael says:

    You can t reasonably expect a book about Blackwater written by the founder and former CEO of Blackwater to be unbiased Even so, Civilian Warriors is light on facts and high on emotion Prince spends most of the book talking about his Christian and conservative background, and how that influenced his decision to form Blackwater to help his country and all the oppressed people of the world He spends time blaming Democrats for starting a witch hunt against him, simply because he s a successful bu You can t reasonably expect a book about Blackwater written by the founder and former CEO of Blackwater to be unbiased Even so, Civilian Warriors is light on facts and high on emotion Prince spends most of the book talking about his Christian and conservative background, and how that influenced his decision to form Blackwater to help his country and all the oppressed people of the world He spends time blaming Democrats for starting a witch hunt against him, simply because he s a successful businessman from a wealthy, prominent Republican family He trots out the tired lines that private enterprise is invariablycost efficient than the government, without any real discussion involving statistics or facts In order to counter claims of abuse or negligence by Blackwater, he talks personally and emotionally about the men involved in its many incidents, arguing that they can t possibly be bad guys except when they were, in which case he talks about how he didn t know the person involved and had him fired immediately anyway.The way I see it, there are basically three arguments leveled against Blackwater one, that it s not cost effective for the government to subcontract security and military work two, that Blackwater was heavy handed and above the law and three, that it s immoral for the government to use private military contractors I think that Prince is smart enough to see and understand these arguments, but instead of addressing them, he makes an emotional plea that his company was great, even necessary, and he was just serving his country He never addresses any of these concerns save for the first, although he simply takes it for granted that corporations arecost effective than big government.It s nice to see the other side of the Blackwater story, but Prince is too closely involved with the company to give any sort of reasonable account from another perspective Civilian Warriors is a good read, but light on facts

  6. Jack Groot says:

    Excellent expose of the inner workings of our government, the silliness of partisan politics and a man with an entrepreneurial drive and a heart to do things right.

  7. S. says:

    sniff my rating doesn t reflect my opinion of blackwater, rather the readibility of the work, which is high ummm how does that onion article go uhh, sadly, it is unknown whether this rating will induce feelings of anger and or triggers ahh whatever read able that s it.

  8. Ryan says:

    Erik Prince built an objectively great company and was the victim of political infighting about larger issues the Iraq war itself, the role of contractors in war, etc Blackwater grew from a small training center in North Carolina into the world leader in the highest risk private security This book details the rise and fall of the company, and based on my knowledge of events, is pretty accurate It does explain the motivations for some things which always seemed inconsistent or difficult to e Erik Prince built an objectively great company and was the victim of political infighting about larger issues the Iraq war itself, the role of contractors in war, etc Blackwater grew from a small training center in North Carolina into the world leader in the highest risk private security This book details the rise and fall of the company, and based on my knowledge of events, is pretty accurate It does explain the motivations for some things which always seemed inconsistent or difficult to explain, and was worth reading on that basis if you are already familiar, but it would be a solid introduction as well As an introduction, though, be aware that there were 50 other companies doing what Blackwater did but in a muchsubdued but often less capable way.He certainly wasn t perfect cheating on his dying of cancer wife and getting an employee pregnant was a low poor, and he didn t push back enough against stupid State Department policies which forced his personnel to drive like assholes, in high profile vehicles, due to being forced into high profile vehicles by incompetence at State they wanted to show that the US wasn t afraid , even though this essentially created new enemies every time they moved, and made them a net negative I believe Blackwater had enough credibility with their customer that they could have successfully gotten this changed, rather than using it as an excuse for the bad things, best exemplified at Nisour Square, which happened As a disclaimer, I worked in Iraq Afghanistan for about 7 years and was pretty familiar with Blackwater, Triple Canopy, DynCorp, and military JSOC operations from multiple angles I sold them communications services including Internet , and got to see a lot of this stuff evolve in real time I met Erik s country manager for Iraq the second evening I was in country, and told him I d come in from the airport in a bronco with a couple local guards he pointed out that Blackwater only did that run in 3 5 hard cars with 3 personnel per vehicle I then complained about challenges buying guns on the local market and basically pumped for information on how to get a Glock, HS2000, etc to augment my AK and Hi Power I ve also been on the road in Iraq in an old low profile BMW when those crazy security contractors went bombing past in their SUVs, and was afraid of getting shot by them Overall, I hope Erik Prince continues to innovate in this space His original concept not accepted of a completely private humanitarian or post conflict force assistance with teeth is something which I ve always wanted to do, and which I think is the obviously correct way to provide aid in conflict zones

  9. Norm Konzelman says:

    I was surprised by the content of the book I expected personal stories of the men who served our country working for Blackwater The major theme of the book was it seemed, a defense of Mr Prince and his company for what they did and how they did it There was at first, some detail of Mr Prince growing up, his father s accomplishments and work principles, who was clearly his hero, and less of his mother, his heroine.I could understand why the book seemed to try to justify the company and Mr P I was surprised by the content of the book I expected personal stories of the men who served our country working for Blackwater The major theme of the book was it seemed, a defense of Mr Prince and his company for what they did and how they did it There was at first, some detail of Mr Prince growing up, his father s accomplishments and work principles, who was clearly his hero, and less of his mother, his heroine.I could understand why the book seemed to try to justify the company and Mr Prince It looks like from his story that he has spent the bulk of his life being a target for very powerful people in this country, eventhan the bad guys he was in business to defeat A man walking around with a target on his back.I could also see a great clash of cultures On the one hand, Mr Prince employed the business principles learned from his father, a very successful and driven man, and Erik Prince, once he committed himself got the job done On the other, there was the government Much energy and resources were constantly required to satisfy their unceasing demands to meet ever higher goals and requirements that sounds familiar It was like trying to mix oil and water The communist left finally bringing down his company.Another thing, thoughsubdued was I got the impression that Mr Prince has spent most of his adult life trying to make up for the regret he had for some very bad personal decisions A sadness hanging over his story Or so it seemed to me.I would recommend the book, but we will never know what really happened or who did what to whom.I wish the man well I hope he finds healing from God above

  10. Ray says:

    Fascist drivel and imperialist U.S propaganda, steadfast in its thinly veiled white supremacist worldview Prince should be jailed for his role in the wholesale slaughter of Iraqi civilians, and his book celebrated for its role in maintaining a warm campfire.

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