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[liberationtech] Looking for journalists...

Lina Srivastava lina at
Fri Apr 28 11:58:02 PDT 2017

Can this be shared on other forums / FB groups, etc.? If so, what is the
contact email for journalists to get in touch?

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 2:53 PM, Yosem Companys <ycompanys at> wrote:

> 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
> *****
> 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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