Over the past decade the business of renting out private soldiers has grown from a specialised niche into a global trade, worth as much as $100 billion, according to the United Nations. When the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was torched in September, locals hired by Blue Mountain, a British firm, were on guard. When a few weeks later African Union forces kicked the Shabab, a terrorist group, out of Kismayo, Somalia, South African private soldiers gave them training and support. In Iraq and Afghanistan more than 20,000 private guards are employed by the American government.

The industry’s growth has been paid for by Western governments, keen to limit the political cost of military boots on the ground.

So what’s the next front?

More than 90% of the firm’s business to date has come from governments, but it thinks that in the future half of its customers could be corporate. Among the early adopters are energy firms and a hotel chain. By the end of the year Academi expects to have opened a new “several thousand acre” training site, probably in east Africa, to help meet the changing demand.

Add in for-profit prisons (we need more laws for people to break to create more prisoners!) and then war and police states are THE growth and employment area for the future! Until, as the article points out, China’s mercs take it all over for a lower price.

  1. rabid monkey says:

    Awesome! Maybe in the near future my favourite game “Red Faction” will come true after all.

  2. Phydeau says:

    Yeah, we’re going to have that one-world government someday… but it’ll be run by corporations.

    • pedro says:

      And the difference between governments and corporations is…?

      • Captain Obvious says:

        You gotta be a little less obvious when you troll.

      • noname says:

        Difference…..with USA government you can vote out retardicans….the other you have no vote………

        • ReadyKilowatt says:

          Ah, but you do have choice. Granted, it’s Coke and Pepsi (and RC if you look around), but still a choice.

          • noname says:

            My vote worked!

            Did yours?

          • pedro says:

            Your vote what? Aaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha
            You must be like 12 years old to say something as inane as “my vote worked”

          • deowll says:

            Mellow Yellow, Sundrop and and host of others exist if you want them.

            Unless the government grants them monopolies or claims they’re to big to fail businesses that least please the public go out of business.

  3. noname says:

    More republican legacy left overs in the wake of Bush

    Example “A” of the ethics of corporations!

    • Hyph3n says:

      Yes, this should be the scandal of Benghazi instead of this silly “when did you use the word terrorist” crap. Sadly, Repubs don’t want to touch it because it might implicate their party and (more importantly) their donors.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      When a murderer kills, its not said to be a legacy of Cain…there is an element of personal responsibility.

      To illustrate, a nutter like you can’t blame others for your lunacy, you own it.

      Obama amazingly enough, blamed Bush for the shitty job he did these last four years, and no doubt will blame him again after 8 years of failure…but only nutters like you will believe it then.

      The Republicans share some of the blame for this, they didn’t dumb it down to sound bites on Dancing with the Stars etc…to reach nutters like you, the deep thinkers who voted for Obama, aka “the moron vote.”

      • noname says:

        Good for you, Retardicans certainly have their committed acolytes.

        Speaking of personal responsibility, it would simply be refreshing if the Retardicans honestly earned their money!

        • kerpow says:

          And do you realize that you are simply a “committed acolyte” for the other cult/party?

          • noname says:

            Educate me, what party or cult do Independents have? Who do the adherents follow as it’s tenants and as their leader?

            Figures a “cultists” such as you are, couldn’t figure that one out.

      • Hyph3n says:

        I’m a nutter and a moron, eh? Nice. But as Jesus says, I shall turn the other cheek.

      • Dallas says:

        Obama amazingly enough, blamed Bush

        Well, there was a lot of bad shit from that failed GOP regime which, of course, was swept under rug at the GOP convention.

        BTW, there were 11 Embassy attacks, 53 deaths and 90 injured during the Cheney administration.

        I didn’t hear you froth at the mouth when that happened.

  4. Mextli says:

    When I was in Nigeria a major American corporation had constructed a small walled-in town for their workers. They even provided teachers from the U.K for the kids.

    I think they would be a good market for this service.

  5. B. Dog says:

    Is there nothing new under the sun?


  6. ROTFSP (Rolling On The Floor Shooting People) says:

    You can thank HOLLYWOOD for this shit.

    A typical idiots thought process may go something very similar to this: “OOOH! Glowing box (screen) magic! Me thinks all on glowing box (screen) good. Glowing box (screen) shows how things blowed up real good! Ooh. Ooh. Ooh. Eeh! Eeh! Eeh! Me gotta do what glowing box (screen) say. Me either have to fuck or destroy like glowing box (screen) say!

    If you doubt the mentality of these idiots then just look at what passes for entertainment. Try looking at fans of “American Idol” or “The Voice”. They’re almost indistinguishable from wrestling fans!

    So it is REALLY any wonder that armed security is now a trend when Hollywood glorifies murder and mayhem? I bet very soon we can expect another “reality show”too. What do you bet the show has a para-military name like “Team Seal” or “Green Liberators”? Or possibly a show called “Bull-Ette’s” where bikini clad women shoot middle eastern AK-47 toting bad guys. Wouldn’t YOU watch a show like that? (Don’t bullshit yourself.)

    See my point?!

  7. Dallas says:

    This works well because Teapublicans can wage war and not having those pesky caskets show up on TV and make the sheeple sad.

    • pedro says:

      Another 12 year old (mentally, which is sadder) believing in his team.

      Drop the pom-poms from time to time, sheeple

      • noname says:

        PP(poor pedro) your projecting yourself again.

        To bad pedro’s vote didn’t count and team Retardican lost big! Get over your loss and own it!

        • pedro says:

          Is the same thing, no matter who wins.

          Of course, is only natural for you rainbow-loving 12 year olds to defend each other.

          • noname says:

            Of course, what ever helps you sleep with knowing such a humiliating and ugly defeat for “pedro’s” Retardicans.

            Doctors say you can only feel better once you own up to your business or else just stay on your meds!

            I do feel happy as a 12 yr old knowing my American vote did indeed count!!

            How about your vote?

          • pedro says:

            The second-sheeple, the brainless one thinks his liberul humor makes him avoid reality.

            You wanna laugh at me? Go ahead, you need it more than I do to sleep through the night believing re-electing the Nobel Peace Prize winner is gonna do smack about privateers.

            Do it while thoroughly chewing that hay, I would hate you lost your sleep because of hay reflux.

          • noname says:

            Hey PP(poor pedro) made a Retardican funny, “hay reflux” hehaheha!

            I’ll try not to laugh at you more than needed; but, it does continue to be a great source of free fun! 🙂

          • pedro says:

            Sure nobrain. Nobody’s laughing at you. Now, chew your hay.

          • noname says:

            PP(poor pedro) funny as ever! 🙂

            And I do prefer eating oats!

  8. ReadyKilowatt says:

    “But there’s no danger, it’s a professional career”


    Why is it the only thing that seems to ever change is the production quality?

  9. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Check out Blackwater’s (sorry, I mean Xe services, no, now its known as Academi) corporate chotskie site:


    I love the 5.56 and 7.62 key rings. Just the sort of swag any corporate highflyer would swoon for.

  10. Thank Bog that the Republican Party is dying quickly.

  11. sargasso_c says:

    I might be wrong but is running a mercenary army a crime?

  12. Somebody says:

    Re: the picture

    Now there’s a man who enjoys his work.


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