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Private Military Corporation Now Offers Brigade-size Force

March 31, 2006

Tags War and Foreign PolicyEntrepreneurship

According to a WorldTribune.com article, Blackwater USA now has a brigade-size force (1500–3500 personnel) available for low-intensity conflicts. While speaking at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition in Jordan, J. Cofer Black, vice chairman of Blackwater USA, stated:

"There is clear potential to conduct security operations at a fraction of the cost of NATO operations."

Blackwater USA is most noted for its roles in the current Iraqi conflict and in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. While the conditions that resulted in this company's marked growth are clearly the consequences of state-sponsored military action, everyone basically agrees that Blackwater and other private military corporations ("PMCs") are far more cost-effective than government-administered military forces for virtually any engagement.

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