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Episode 18: Fighting piracy on high seas often job for private military contractors

On this week’s episode, we welcome aboard a pair of former Royal Marines – both maritime security experts – to talk about the complexities of keeping vessels at sea safe from threats.

And yes, one of the threats ships face out there on the open waters are pirates.



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Episode 17: Kidnapping, death of US contractor leaves behind shattered family

The day Russell Frost and two former American soldiers were kidnapped was an unusual one, even by the standards of 2016 Baghdad.

What followed was 31 days of hell, a life lost far too soon and a family shattered by tragedy.



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Episode 16: The legend of 'Mad Mike' Hoare

The subject of this week's episode is a man who has at times been a soldier, mercenary, a safari guide, an accountant and a Hollywood technical adviser.

He’s been a leader of men in combat as well as a prisoner. He is "Mad Mike" Hoare, one of the most famous soldiers of fortune of the last century.



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Episode 15: Exploring the murky, mysterious world of Russian military contracting

This week we're looking at a private Russian paramilitary force that is a global threat, even though it isn’t formally recognized by its government.

We talk about how Russian contractors are influencing policies, affecting trade and even shaping the politics of central African nations.



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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 security contracting firm New Century — shares his perspective on the operations gaps filled by contracting and how it’s shaping the modern battlefield.



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Episode 13: Examining contracting, military spending in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Guests Theodore Karasik and Aaron Gregg break down why the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are so important to the private military contracting world - and the U.S.



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

This week on Force for Hire, we bring aboard a pair of experts to examine an aspect of military contracting that ties into issues of human rights abuses and modern-day slavery.



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Episode 11: Exploitation, human trafficking rampant in third-country national contracting

This week on Force for Hire, we bring aboard a pair of experts to examine an aspect of military contracting that ties into issues of human rights abuses and modern-day slavery.



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