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Infamous private paramilitary firm Blackwater planning comeback. First stop: Syria  Haaretz

Erik Prince, ex-Navy SEAL and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is offering Trump a way to both safeguard allies and pull troops out of the Mideast.

Blackwater Founder Draws Scrutiny for $1 Trillion China Deal  Sputnik International

A former US Navy Seal-turned businessman who has seen his global mercenary moves continually turn a profit has gone for broke in China following massive ...

Sputnik International
Congressman Ryan nominates 13 to attend national service academi  WFMJ

Congressman Tim Ryan nominated 13 area students to attend national *service* academies.

Relive 20 years of a legendary North Wales club night with these amazing pictures  Daily Post North Wales

The massive nights at Elevate are immortalised in a series of amazing photos.

Daily Post North Wales
6 dogs die after being left in hot van at former Blackwater facility; 4 employees fired  Virginian-Pilot

Six dogs died after they were left in sweltering vans earlier this month at a private security facility in Moyock, N.C., one of the heads of the facility's parent ...

Mattis is out, and Blackwater is back: 'We are coming'  Military Times

This article has been edited to clarify that Constellis no longer trains forces at Camp Integrity and that Blackwater, if it returns, would not have a connection to ...

Military Times
The company formerly known as Blackwater is getting paid millions by the Canadian government, reports say  VICE

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government dramatically increased spending on services from the notorious company formerly known as Blackwater, which was ...

Here's the blueprint for Erik Prince's $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war  Military Times

Blackwater founder Erik Prince thinks the time is right to try a new approach in Afghanistan, one that he says will reduce war spending to a sliver of its current ...

Military Times
Erik Prince company to build training centre in China's Xinjiang  Reuters

Corrects value of investment to 40 million yuan from 4 million yuan in paragraph 6 of this Jan. 31 story.)

Erik Prince on his business endeavors after selling Blackwater  CNBC

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, sits down with "Squawk Box" to discuss his business endeavors following his departure from Blackwater USA, now known ...

ACADEMI Training Center, LLC dba Constellis  Government Accountability Office

ACADEMI Training Center, LLC dba Constellis (ACADEMI), of Moyock, North Carolina, protests the issuance of two task orders to DECO, Inc., of Champlin, ...

Government Accountability Office
6 dead dogs at former Blackwater site – and the online furor is swift  News & Observer

Reports of six dogs dying after being left inside an unattended van at the former Blackwater private security services firm in northeastern North Carolina have ...

News & Observer
US, Russia and Blackwater mercenaries plot different futures for Afghanistan  The Friday Times

It would be fanciful to imagine an America-free Afghanistan in the foreseeable future, writes Saeed Naqvi. Two parallel peace processes on Afghanistan are ...

The Friday Times
‘We are coming’: Chilling Blackwater ad triggers fears of Trump seeking to privatize Mideast wars  RT

Blackwater, the controversial US private security firm, has flagged its intent to resume business, taking out a full-page commercial in the latest edition of Recoil ...

Company Once Known as Blackwater Ditches Xe for Yet Another New Name  Wall Street Journal

Despite new ownership, a new board and new management, security contractor Xe Services LLC could never shake a troublesome nickname: the company ...

Wall Street Journal
Konkani is the only identity of Goa: Vincy Quadros  Oherald

Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) releases the book 'Monantlim Motiam” . The book written by Bosco Barreto was part of the DKA's 'Kombri Yeuzonn' initiative.

Blackwater Founder Meets With Afghan Powerbrokers, Aims to Privatize War  Voice of America

The founder of the U.S.-based Blackwater security firm has been meeting with powerbrokers in Afghanistan to rally support for his plan to privatize the Afghan ...

Voice of America
Gazprom could be the new force in Syria when troops leave  UPI.com

Gazprom is well-placed to represent Russia's expansion into Syria.

COLUMN: Nicholas Slatten and other military contractors should be held accountable for massacre in Iraq  Indiana Daily Student

United States District Judge Royce Lamberth declared a mistrial Wednesday in the second trial of Nicholas Slatten over shootings he carried out along with ...

Indiana Daily Student
‘We are coming’: Blackwater’s ominous message portends a new Trump era of privatized warfare  AlterNet

Last week, President Donald Trump sent shock waves through the United States military with the announcement that he would be withdrawing all U.S. troops ...

Ministry to meet BAM to discuss problems faced by ABM  Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — The Youth and Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council (NSC) will hold a meeting with the Badminton Association of ...

Malay Mail
Gulf States Reportedly Reach Blackwater to Discuss US 'Arab Force' Plan in Syria  Sputnik International

The Wall Street Journal reported, citing American officials, that the Trump Administration has mulled assembling an Arab force that would replace US troops in ...

Sputnik International
Apollo pauses plans to sell security firm Constellis: sources  Reuters

Apollo Global Management has halted plans to sell U.S. military security services business Constellis after talks with Canada's Garda World Security Corp ...

Constellis appoints ex-Leidos exec its CEO  Washington Business Journal

The hire comes as the Reston security company's private equity owner was reportedly looking to sell Constellis or take it public.

Washington Business Journal
A U.S. warrior goes to China: Did Erik Prince cross a line?  The Washington Post

Beijing's International Security Defense College, which boasts of becoming “the largest private security training school in China,” sits behind a 45-foot-high ...

The Washington Post
Meet Erik Prince: Academi founder, ex-spy, Navy SEAL, Senate hopeful  Business Insider

Steve Bannon is pushing Erik Prince, a former Navy Seal and founder of Blackwater, to challenge Republican John Barrasso for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Business Insider
America Makes creates 3D printing education ACADEMI  3D Printing Industry

America Makes is the US national additive manufacturing innovation institute, based in Youngstown, Ohio. The Lanterman Group is a 3D printing consultancy, ...

3D Printing Industry
With Mattis out, Blackwater could privatize the Afghan War  Business Insider

This month, in the magazine "Recoil," the former contractor security firm Blackwater USA published a full-page ad that said "We are coming."

Business Insider
Puerto Rico's streets crawl with heavily armed, masked mercenaries bearing no insignia or nametags  Boing Boing

Though Puerto Rican law prohibits ownership and bearing of most long-guns and especially semiautomatic weapons, the streets of the stricken US colony now ...

Boing Boing
Group Accused Of DNC Hack Also Targeted Firm Formerly Known As Blackwater: Report  HuffPost

WASHINGTON ― A cyber-espionage group that targeted political parties during U.S. and French elections also launched a phishing campaign against Academi ...

Afghan Government Rejects Proposals To Privatize War  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Afghan officials have rejected a proposal to have foreign military contractors take over training and advising of the Afghan armed forces.

Blackwater/Academi Mercenaries Procured By United Arab Emirates Are Now Fighting In Yemen  Mintpress News

The Saudis and the Emirates are grasping at any straws within their reach in order to shore up their faltering military campaign in Yemen., #AmericanSpring, ...

Mintpress News
Paramilitary Emperor Erik Prince Rebrands Blackwater to Get Into the Steak Business  Observer

Blackwater founder Erik Prince has rebranded his former military empire into a beef company.

Blackwater’s Descendants Are Doing Just Fine  Foreign Policy

Blackwater is no more. But its descendants live on — and they're still raking in government money. The company whose name is synonymous with some of the ...

Foreign Policy
Former Blackwater guard on trial for third time in shooting of 14 Iraqi civilians  WGRZ.com

Ex-Blackwater guard again on trial for Iraq shooting.

Blackwater Trial: What You Need to Know  NBCNews.com

On Sept. 16, 2007, private security guards working for the firm Blackwater Worldwide were escorting diplomats with the U.S. State Department through Baghdad, ...

The Company Formerly Known as Blackwater Is Training Canadian Soldiers  VICE

The mercenary company with a track record of war crimes is instructing Canadian commandos.

Former Blackwater guard to stand trial for third time in mass shooting during Iraq war  USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – A former Blackwater Worldwide security guard will stand trial for a third time on charges that he instigated a mass shooting in Iraq more than a ...

Six things you should know about modern mercenaries of war  TRT World

Private military contractors offering armies for hire emerged as a powerful stakeholder in the business of war. Governments can outsource compartmentalised ...

TRT World
The Afghan War Is No Place to Turn a Profit  Bloomberg

Erik Prince thinks 6000 mercenaries can do what 110000 troops could not. That's a deadly mistake.

ACADEMI Becomes First Hands-On Certification Program for 3D Printing in the US  3DPrint.com

As 3D printing grows and makes its presence known in industries across the world, there's still the question of how to get workers caught up on the technology.

Ex-Blackwater Firm Will Teach Military Spies Self-Defense  Wired

Now that the private security company formerly known as Blackwater is under new ownership, it's entering into a new partnership with the Defense Department.

Moody's says private security firm Academi is cash-strapped post-acquisition  Washington Business Journal

An acquisition that brings together leaders in the private security industry also leaves the combined company strapped for cash — but still stable, according to ...

Washington Business Journal
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Would Like to Privatize the Afghan War – And Officials Worry Trump Will Back Him  AlterNet

Erik Prince, brother of President Donald Trump's secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and founder of the notorious private security/mercenary firm Academi ...

Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?  The Atlantic

Blackwater founder Erik Prince says privatizing the 16-year war could save taxpayer money. History, both recent and farther back, suggests a different outcome.

The Atlantic
Afghan minerals in the crosshairs of Blackwater's Erik Prince  TRT World

The founder of the notorious, and now defunct, Blackwater, has been making headlines for trying to privatise the Afghan war. What has gone unreported are his ...

TRT World
Academi Broke Clear Terms Of State Dept. Deals, GAO Says  Law360

Law360, Nashville (January 3, 2018, 6:57 PM EST) -- Security contractor Academi failed to follow clear bidding requirements on two U.S. Department of State ...

Murder trial of Blackwater contractor ends in mistrial  KEYT

The second trial of a Blackwater contractor charged with first-degree murder for shooting unarmed civilians during the Iraq War has ended in a mistrial, ...

Blackwater founder bids again for privatised Afghan war  The New Arab

Erik Prince is trying to drum up business for his mercenary corporation of guns for hire, claiming he can reduce costs in Washington's longest-running war, ...

The New Arab
ACADEMI: Lanterman Group & America Makes launch national 3D printing training program  3ders.org

The Lanterman Group, a 3D printing solutions firm, has teamed up with America Makes, the national accelerator program for 3D printing, to establish a national ...

Former Blackwater contractor found guilty of murder in Iraq massacre  NBC News

Nicholas Slatten, the former Blackwater contractor accused of firing the first shots in a 2007 shooting that killed more than a dozen unarmed civilian Iraqis, was ...

NBC News
The Prince-DeVos Plan to Privatize American Institutions  Center For American Progress

Despite President Donald Trump's pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., it often seems like he is creating one. Take Erik Prince, the founder of ...

Center For American Progress
Op-Ed: Private security contractor Blackwater now known as Academi  DigitalJournal.com

Infamously known for killing 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, private security contractor Blackwater's name-changing continues, calling ...

400 US mercenaries 'deployed on ground' in Ukraine military op  RT

About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against ...

Memories Grow Murky in Retrial of Blackwater Figure  Courthouse News Service

WASHINGTON (CN) – More than 10 years later, details of the fateful day in 2007 when five private security guards fired automatic weapons and grenades at 31 ...

Courthouse News Service
Military Contractor Formerly Known As Blackwater May Be for Sale for up to $1 Billion  Fortune

Constellis Holdings, the owner of the U.S. military security services business formerly known as Blackwater, is exploring a sale it hopes will value the company at ...

Blackwater Pays Millions in Arms Smuggling Case  Wired News

Depending on how you look at it, the world's most notorious mercenary firm just got away with misleading the government about arming and training foreign ...

Wired News
Academi Wins Navy Security Force Counterterrorism Training IDIQ  ExecutiveBiz

Academi Training Center has won a potential $10 million indefinite/delivery-indefinite/quantity contract for turnkey antiterrorism training services to the U.S. ...

U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater  Wired

The elite commandos in Afghanistan just got a new base of operations. And it's owned by Blackwater, thanks to a $22 million no-bid deal.

Birmingham University 'boycotts' UAE campus after British academic Matthew Hedges jailed  The New Arab

Lecturers from the University of Birmingham will refuse to teach at its Dubai campus after the UAE sentenced British PhD student Matthew Hedges to life in jail ...

The New Arab
Journalists ambushed in CAR during investigation of Russian mercenaries  Columbia Journalism Review

Flowers brought to the Central House of Journalists in Moscow in memory of three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic. Photo: Sergei ...

Columbia Journalism Review
Monsanto to drop name after sale to Bayer  NBCNews.com

The controversial Monsanto name will be no more after the company completes its multibillion-dollar sale to German pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer.

Apollo Group, Constellis Executives to Buy Out Security Services Contractor  GovConWire

A group of investors including New York City-based Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) along with executive team members at Constellis Group have ...

Private Military Services 2019 Global Opportunity Analysis And Industry Forecasts To 2024  Industry Today

Private Military Services -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis Of Top Key Player Forecast To 2024.

Industry Today
Russian investigative journalist who wrote about Russian mercenaries in Syria dies from fall  Boing Boing

Russian investigative journalist Maxim Borodin died in a hospital after falling from his fifth floor apartment in Yekaterinburg on Friday. Recently Borodin had been ...

Boing Boing
Private Military Services Global Market 2018: Key Players – Aegis Defence Services, Control Risks, Erinys International, Sandline International, AirScan  openPR

Private Military Services Industry Description Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Private Military Services -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis Of Top ...

Iraq War security contractor now protecting buildings in SF  San Francisco Chronicle

A Virginia company best known for providing security in Iraq has won a $116.3 million contract to protect federal buildings in San Francisco and elsewhere in ...

San Francisco Chronicle
Mercenaries Sue Blackwater Over Fake Gun Tests  Wired News

The security firm once known as Blackwater has repeatedly tried to distance itself from its bad old days of wrongful death and corporate misconduct. But a new ...

Wired News
Blackwater founder seeks to privatize Afghan war despite mercs getting butt kicked in Yemen  RT

Upon departing as commander of US Forces Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson recently said that America's military strategy, revised a year ago under the ...

Privatized military overdue for change  The Rensselaer Polytechnic

The date is September 16, 2007. A 20-year-old Iraqi is driving his mother to her clinic in Baghdad during the height of a civil war threatening to tear the country ...

The Rensselaer Polytechnic
Mapping Erik Prince’s Private Mercenary Empire  Al-Bawaba

By Ty Joplin. Erik Prince, the brain behind the infamous private military firm Blackwater, is now in China training security forces. Prince is partially responsible for ...

6 dogs die in Moyock security company van after AC fails  WAVY-TV

MOYOCK, N.C. (WAVY) -- Four Academi Training Facility employees in Moyock were fired after several dogs died earlier this month. The dogs were left in a hot ...

Douros, Beickert vying to be Currituck's next sheriff  The Daily Advance

Friday, April 13, 2018. CURRITUCK — The winner of the May 8 Republican primary in Currituck will be, barring a successful write-in candidacy this fall, the ...

The Daily Advance
DynCorp mercenaries replace Academi mercenaries in Yemen  Voltaire Network

In Yemen, the Academi mercenaries (ex-Blackwater) have been killed one after the other by the coalition of Houthis and soldiers loyal to President Saleh.

Voltaire Network
Blackwater Sued By Sporting Goods Chain Over Its New Name, 'Academi'  Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The name Blackwater has become so toxic that the notorious security contractor is now in the midst of its second makeover and has changed i.

Huffington Post
Erik Prince offers private military force in Afghanistan  Financial Times

Erik Prince, the world's most infamous military contractor, wants his private military forces to give Afghanistan the same treatment he gave Iraq. In a document ...

Financial Times
'Blackwater Air' Is Back, and Flying for US Special Forces  The Daily Beast

A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. ...

The Daily Beast
Private security mercenaries are now moving into Puerto Rico  New York Post

The situation is so bad in Puerto Rico that a private security firm formerly known as Blackwater has fielded several requests to send employees to the island...

New York Post
HP resident starts company to help students intern abroad  Highland Park Landmark

When you graduate at the top of your class from an Ivy League University, you expect to get at least one job offer, right? For Highland Park resident Matt Meltzer, ...

Highland Park Landmark
'We Are Coming:' Blackwater Founder to Explain Cryptic Message at SHOT Show  Military.com

It appears the new ammo company wants to prolong the suspense.

Is Blackwater Back in Iraq?  War Is Boring

Members of Iraq's parliament have some questions about security contractors arriving in Iraq. They're worried that notorious mercenary firm Blackwater has, ...

War Is Boring
Withhold diocesan donations until U.S. bishops clean house: Catholic academic  Lifesite

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, July 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent Catholic academic has written his bishop to say he will no longer support diocesan ...

It's Time To Drain The Swamp In Government Contracting  HuffPost

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump famously said he would drain the swamp, a pledge that resonated with ordinary Americans disaffected with the cr...

Blackwater Guard's 2nd Murder Trial Ends Without A Verdict  NPR

The second murder trial of Nicholas Slatten, the former Blackwater contractor accused of firing the first shots in a shooting that killed more than a dozen unarmed ...

US official: Erik Prince proposed private spy network to Trump administration  CNN

The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with ...

Why Are the Green Berets Now Operating on the Saudi Border with Yemen?  History News Network (HNN)

TheNew York Timeshas reported of the presence of secret teams of American Green Berets on the Saudi Arabian border who have been involved in training ...

History News Network (HNN)
Blackwater and the Corporate Mercenaries who've changed the rules of war  NationofChange

No matter what they call themselves, they are soldiers of fortune and now quietly operate around the world. Emily Ludolf / Occupy,com / News Report - February ...

Academi (ex-Blackwater) acquired by Monsanto  Voltaire Network

Academi (ex-Blackwater), the world's most powerful private army, reveals having been signed over, without indicating the name of the buyer, nor the amount for ...

Voltaire Network
Former Blackwater Founder Allegedly Held Meeting with Russians in Seychelles  snopes.com

On 3 April 2017, the Washington Post reported that Erik Prince, brother to Betsy DeVos and founder of the notorious mercenary contracting firm Blackwater (now ...

US and Russia Compete to Privatize Syrian War  LobeLog

by David Isenberg. Periodic media attention has focused on private military security companies in the past couple of years. Erik Prince has occasionally popped ...

Mercenaries and Defence Contractors Are as Canadian as Maple Syrup  VICE

Justin Trudeau promotes a friendler, kinder Canada. But the military-industrial complex remains.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince says Mueller asked about meeting Russian Putin pal in Seychelles: 'You probably would rather go to a proctology exam'  CNBC

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, was reportedly eyeing whether Erik Prince's meeting with Putin ...

Who is Erik Prince?  CNN

Erik Prince, the latest Trump associate in the spotlight of the Russia investigations, wears many hats.

Mexico's Drug War and Neoliberal Energy Reforms Could Be Good for Business, Especially Mercenary Companies  Upside Down World

The rapid growth of organized crime in Mexico and the government's response to this phenomenon have caused unprecedented levels of violence and furthered ...

Upside Down World
Both Leading Candidates to Replace Mattis are Maximum War Hawks  Mintpress News

Both leading candidates to replace “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense: Tom Cotton and Jack Keane -- are even bigger war hawks.

Mintpress News
A security contractor who protected buildings during Iraq War will now guard S.F.'s federal buildings  San Francisco Business Times

A security contractor the previously provided security for buildings during the American occupation of Iraq has just signed a massive five-year contract with the ...

San Francisco Business Times
Case Ends Against Ex-Blackwater OfficialsCase Ends Against Ex-Blackwater Officials  New York Times

WASHINGTON — The federal government's three-year prosecution of five former officials of Blackwater Worldwide virtually collapsed on Thursday after charges ...

New York Times
IWI US Announces TAVOR Operators Courses at ACADEMI  AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

The course will help students of any level develop a solid foundation of shooting the TAVOR platform. Experienced carbine shooters will find the course ...

AmmoLand Shooting Sports News
Helping Trump Collude Is the Least Illegal Thing Erik Prince Has Done  The Daily Dot

Erik Prince has been one of America's greatest war profiteers and completely above the law. But his associations with President Donald Trump may bring him ...

The Daily Dot
There is a lot more behind the reported “Blackwater” deaths in Yemen  Al-Bawaba

Reports surfaced this week that 42 mercenaries working for the US security firm Blackwater had been killed in Yemen. The news came just one week after 15 ...


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Academi is an American private military company founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince as Blackwater, renamed as Xe Services in 2009 and now known as Academi since 2011 after the company was acquired by a group of private investors. The company received widespread notoriety in 2007, when a group of its employees were convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad for which four guards were convicted in a U.S. court.Academi provides security services to the United States federal government on a contractual basis. Since 2003, the group has provided services to the Central Intelligence Agency. In 2013, Academi subsidiary International Development Solutions received an approximately $92 million contract for State Department security guards.In 2014, Academi became a division of Constellis Holdings along with Triple Canopy and other security companies that were part of the Constellis Group as the result of an acquisition.