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Episode 23: Wrapping up, a look at key issues, and farewell

The Force for Hire team looks back at the series and examines some key issues about the world of private military contracting.

In this final episode of Force for Hire, we examine some major questions about the private military contracting world that we uncovered.



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Episode 22: 'Mercenary Mum' talks leaving military, joining contracting world

Neryl Joyce was an Australian servicemember who turned to contracting when she wasn’t allowed to deploy with her fellow soldiers.

She soon found out that what kept her from deploying with the Australian military was one of her greatest assets in the private sector.



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Episode 21: Contractors: Asset or liability to nation's cybersecurity?

Private contractors have taken part — or even led the charge — in America's cybersecurity efforts, but not without controversy.

Richard Clarke, special cybersecurity adviser to President George W. Bush joins us this week and addresses digital threats and how military contractors have helped and hurt U.S. national security.



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Episode 20: Fighting for justice in a lawless land

Attorney Kimberley Motley has spent years fighting for justice in a country where most women are still fighting for basic human rights.

This week Force for Hire welcomes Motley, who has made a career out of fighting corruption in Afghanistan and has helped bring justice to those working to support the U.S. military.



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Episode 19: Dodging bullets, execution during rise of ISIS in Iraq

When the Islamic State came to power in 2014, contractors supporting the U.S. mission in Iraq faced a threat unlike any other.

Johann Raath talks about his experiences working in Iraq during the rise of ISIS and how he escaped death more than once – and came back for more.



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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.