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Episode 14: Former British Army leader Tim Collins talks Iraq War, contracting

We are joined this week by former British colonel Tim Collins, who delivered one of the most famous speeches of the Iraq War. Collins — now involved with private military and security contracting firm New Century — shares his perspective on the operations gaps filled by contracting and how it’s shaping the modern battlefield.

Episode 12: A talk with Tim Lynch, voice of a misunderstood industry

Tim Lynch, retired Marine infantry officer turned contractor, joins us on this episode of Force for Hire to talk about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan — from the mundane to the extraordinary. His insights, thoughts and observations make this episode one of the most dynamic of the season. You won’t want to miss it.

Episode 8: Black Rifle Coffee CEO’s life as Green Beret, military contractor

Evan Hafer, CEO and founder of Black Rifle Coffee, joins us on this week’s podcast. Haffer began his career as a U.S. Army infantryman. Later, he joined the elite ranks of the Green Berets, served among them for more than a decade. Afterward, he become a military contractor working personal security for the U.S. State Department.

Episode 7: Leveraging military skills, expertise to forge a new career

Many veterans have designs on using the skills they’ve picked up in the service after hanging up the uniform. Private security and military contracting remains a high-profile landing spot for veterans.So how, exactly, does one make the change from servicemember to military contractor?

Episode 6: The families left behind

In this episode we talk to Barbie Baker and Nicole Woodland, two women with firsthand knowledge of the lifestyle change that takes place after a spouse joins the world of private military contracting. Their story might sound familiar to former military spouses — loneliness, uncertainty and a search for new meaning — but some of what they say might surprise you.

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