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Blackwater was founded in 1997
Thu Feb 8, 2007 01:28

 

Blackwater USA is a private military contractor and security firm founded in 1996 by Erik Prince and based in North Carolina. The company describes itself as a "military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations company"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater_USA

Blackwater's president, Gary Jackson, as well as Executive Vice President Bill Mathews and other business unit leaders are former Navy SEALs. Chris Taylor, VP for Strategic Initiatives is a former Force Recon Marine.

Blackwater was founded and is owned by Erik Prince.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Prince

Erik Prince, born in 1969 in Holland, Michigan, is the founder and owner of the military support contractor Blackwater USA. A millionaire and former US Navy SEAL, after high school he briefly enrolled in the Naval Academy before attending and graduating from Hillsdale College. After college, he earned a commission in the Navy and served as a Navy SEAL officer on deployments to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, including Bosnia. When his father Edgar Prince unexpectedly died in 1995, he ended his Navy service prematurely. He sold his family's automobile parts company, Prince Corporation, for $1.4 billion and later moved to Virginia Beach and personally financed the formation of Blackwater USA.

Prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Michigan and wife of former Alticor (Amway) president and Gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. Prince's first wife died of cancer in 2003, and he has since remarried and has six children. He now runs Prince Group, Blackwater’s parent company, from an office in McLean, Virginia and also serves as a board member of Christian Freedom International, a nonprofit group with a mission of helping "Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ".

Due to its controversial role as an independent, though US-supported, military entity, Erik Prince and Blackwater USA have been the target of several allegations, leading to at least one major court case. Among these allegations are claims of unethical hiring practices and war profiteering.

Blackwater was founded in 1997 from a clear vision developed from an understanding of the need for innovative, flexible training and operational solutions to support security and peace, and freedom and democracy everywhere.

Our founder is a former U. S. Navy SEAL. He created Blackwater on the belief that both the military and law enforcement establishments would require additional capacity to train fully our brave men and women in and out of uniform to the standards required to keep our country secure.

Blackwater USA consists of five separate business units: Blackwater Training Center (the largest private firearms and tactical training center in the U. S.), Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting, Blackwater Canine, and Raven Development Group. We also have relationships with our strategic partners, Aviation Worldwide Services and Greystone Ltd.

We are not simply a "private security company." We are a professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations firm who provides turnkey solutions. We assist with the development of national and global security policies and military transformation plans. We can train, equip and deploy public safety and military professionals, build live-fire indoor/outdoor ranges, MOUT facilities and shoot houses, create ground and aviation operations and logistics support packages, develop and execute canine solutions for patrol and explosive detection, and can design and build facilities both domestically and in austere environments abroad.

Blackwater lives its core values of excellence, efficiency, execution, and teamwork. In doing this, we have become the most responsive, cost-effective means of affecting the strategic balance in support of security and peace, and freedom and democracy everywhere.
http://www.blackwaterusa.com/about/

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Robert Young Pelton
Author/Filmmaker
There is over 70,000 armed contractors working in Iraq ... that provide critical security for a number of the reconstruction projects. So our entire effort would fail if we did not have contractors.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june07/outsourcing_02-07.html

Congress Investigates Private Military Contracts in Iraq

The families of four private guards who were ambushed in Fallujah, Iraq, in March 2004 testified before Congress Wednesday that the security company that hired them failed to provide promised protection.

Doug Brooks
International Peace Operation Assoc.
For the military, they can use force to two things... to compel somebody to do something and to prevent somebody from doing something. For the contractors, it's the second. They're allowed to use force to prevent people from doing something.

Doug Brooks
International Peace Operation Assoc.
We have seen a number of instances where the government has basically told the companies, OK, we don't want you talking right now.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june07/outsourcing_02-07.html

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