Blackwater’s heirs: more military contractor makeovers

Welcome to the US Training Centre, which offers “hardhitting, effective training experiences for military, security and law enforcement professionals”. And say hello to Jellyfish Intelligence providing support for corporate executives in the war-torn Middle East. Never heard of them before? Well, both outfits are run by executives from a company once known as Blackwater.

Back in the bad old days of the “war on terror”, a former Navy Seal named Erik Prince set up a company in North Carolina called Blackwater that dispatched tough men wearing wraparound sunglasses and carrying assault rifles to escort top White House officials around Baghdad in 2003. Prince also set up a counterpart called Total Intelligence Solutions in Virginia that ran the Terrorism Research Centre to help Fortune 500 companies.

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