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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I overheard a couple of my friends arguing over whether Private Military Contactors (the name frequently brought up was Blackwater Worldwide) do more bad than good. I have no knowledge on the topic so I just sat back and listened, but I was curious as to what some of you think about them. Also, if anyone could shed light on what it is that PMC's do that would be great. Thanks all.

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They do the job they are trained excellently to do. Most of them do PSD and are contracted by the Department of State through the DSS. In the early days of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, they did combat logistics patrols for KBR, but that is a tasking that is actually being picked up by the Army now. Most of them are former SF, SEALs, Recon Marines, Parajumpers, DELTA, Naval EOD, Rangers, highspeed Army/Marine infantry (airborne, snipers, or experienced combat arms guys), MPs/CID with PSD training and experience, and the odd former Secret Service, DSS, FBI agents, US Marshalls, or police SWAT type guys.  Blackwater seems to be the most popular agency in the media and in turn with civilian America...but there is Aegis, Kroll-Crucible, Dyncorp, Triple Canopy, Olive Security, BH Defense, CIS, EOD Technology, MPRI, SOC-SMG, ArmorGroup, and on and on. There are MANY companies contracted to the DoS, DoD (civilian operators are contracted to do PSD for military generals in theater), and the DoJ for various tasks that free up the regular and SOF military to do the fighting.


These operators (and they are the ultimate tactical operators) are professionals. There is no way that the military could fill all the roles of private military contractors and hope to field enough combat troops to maintain the current OPTEMPO. I serve with one infantry NCO who is on his 3rd deployment...ther are Soldiers who have deployed as much as 5 times to Iraq and Afghanistan, Marines who have deployed up to 7 times.....fighting a two front war, and being in constant combat for the last 7+ years.....yeah, we need the contractors. They can concentrate on security for DoS diplomats, DoD generals, and the like.....while the military can concentrate on winning the war. Truth be told, much of what the private contractors do is more involved with securing the political process and its actors of the war, rather than the fighting.

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Wow! I guess they are all over the board.


Thank you PSD, for your detailed reply, I very much appreciate it.

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not a prob

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we had a deputy leave us for the Blackwater Academy, did his training there, contracted with BW-USA and is now a contracted civilian PSD designated defensive marksman with a mobile security team in afghanistan, making 200K+ a year. He had been a marine scout sniper with one tour in Iraq and was just not happy in law enforcement.