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[liberationtech] Looking for journalists...

Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 11:53:49 PDT 2017


Hi All,

I have a friend named Bryan Stinchfield (cc'ed), who is a professor at
Franklin and Marshall College. He is looking to publish an OpEd on a paper
he recently wrote.

Bryan just published an interesting paper on how private equity firms have
become one of the biggest investors in US military contractors like
Blackwater, which supplies "mercenaries" to the US military.

Bryan is a former pilot of the United States Army and a former
counter-terrorism officer.

If you are a journalist or know of any journalist who is interested in
writing a story about Bryan's research, please let me know.

Also, any advice on getting Bryan's OpEd published would be greatly
appreciated. OpEd draft is available upon request.

The abstract of Bryan's paper is included below.

Thanks,
Yosem

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Since the end of the Cold War, the portion of private military contractors
(PMCs) comprising the U.S. Armed Forces has been on the rise to where now
half of the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan is contracted out to the
private sector.  At the same time, the number of private equity (PE) firms
and the amount of assets they have under management have skyrocketed.
These trends have converged in such a way where now PE firms have acquired,
repackaged, and sold the most famous American PMCs, such as the company
formerly known as Blackwater.  In other words, much of the United States'
national security is now in the hands of PE firms who are in the business
of holding companies for only three to five years.  Clearly, the goals of
nations and the goals of PE firms are not always congruent, which creates
important implications for the promotion of global security.
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