Episode 9: Contractors navigate complex maze of laws, policies for health care
A trio of experts joins hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris to help explain the intricacies of contractor health care, provide tips for those in the industry and clear up some of the murkier aspects of the current system.
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 to talk about life as a Green Beret, contractor and coffee roasting expert.
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.
Episode 5: Money makes the contracting world go 'round
Hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris dive headfirst into the topic that has bubbled beneath the surface of nearly every conversation about private military contracting. Money.
Episode 4: Interview with Erik Prince, Blackwater founder, proponent of contracting
We sit down with Erik Prince, co-founder of Blackwater and the face of an industry that generally tries to stay out of the limelight. Listen in as he talks about the history of Blackwater, his vision for the war in Afghanistan and what he views as the mistakes the military has made there over these past 17 years.
Episode 3: The beginnings of Blackwater and how it forever changed US policy
Even though the name is relegated to history, Blackwater remains the first thought that springs to mind when most think of private military contractors. In this episode, we delve into its history and how its success and failures changed American foreign policy forever.
Episode 2: Soldier turned contractor talks Blackwater training, Iraq mission
This week on Force for Hire we’re taking a step back from the politics and controversy surrounding private military contracting and talking to a man who knows what it’s like to be both a soldier and a private operator.
Episode 1: Outsourcing America's military might
In this inaugural episode, we talk to self-described mercenary Sean McFate and security analyst David Isenberg to learn some of the pros and cons of outsourcing America’s military operations.
Trailer: An introduction to Force for Hire
Welcome to the Force for Hire podcast, in which will delve deep into the secretive and misunderstood world of private military contractors.