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[liberationtech] Looking for journalists...

Yosem Companys ycompanys at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 12:00:39 PDT 2017


Yes, Lina. You may share it widely. I truly appreciate it.

Bryan's email is bryan.stinchfield at fandm.edu.

Thanks,
Yosem

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Lina Srivastava <lina at linasrivastava.com>
wrote:

> 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 gmail.com>
> 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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