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Private Military Contractors - PMC

Private Military Contractors

It’s one thing to pull the trigger for your country – quite another for a corporation. As a new report reveals how private military contractors have changed the face of conflict, they reveal how conflict has changed them. 

BY: Emine Saner, When you are a soldier in the military, and you’re firing at an enemy alongside several other soldiers, you don’t know if it was your gun, your bullet, that killed someone. “I’d rather not know,” says Stephen Friday, who spent 12 years in the British army before becoming a private military contractor (PMC) in 2008, working in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first time he ever shot somebody, and knew about it, “was as a PMC.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

The United States Government employs thousands of individual private and defense contractors every year to work overseas. The Department of Defense, State Department, USAID, and various branches of the military, and the employ these companies t0 contract with and employ thousands of people as construction, security personnel, IT specialists, logistics, administrators, food service, doctors, accountants, etc.

The government also contracts with both large and small businesses to provide services and supplies that are used in every facet of maintaining the country’s defense. Breaking into defense contracting requires going through some red tape, and can be difficult at first, but if you are motivated and able to obtain a security clearance, there are many opportunities to be had in this industry. Search jobs overseas

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Adam Gonzales was an Army infantryman who served in a long-range surveillance detachment for a brief time in 2003 before deciding to look at other opportunities. One arose in the form of a security job with the then-relatively unknown contracting firm Blackwater.

His journey took him from the Army to a Blackwater training facility in North Carolina. There, the one-time Army grunt had to compete against members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEALs, Rangers and force recon Marines for a spot at Blackwater – and a $15,000 a month salary.

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Andrew E. Coussens

The first novel by Andrew E. Coussens introduces you to Damien Collins. While struggling with severe anxiety, a troubled marriage, and a custody dispute over his five-year-old daughter as a member of an elite intelligence-gathering team trying to stop the spread of ISIS and its emergence in the hotbed of Afghanistan.

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professional overseas contractors

By Fall off the Map — The truth about overseas contracting? Most of us are in it for the money, though travel, adventure, and serving something bigger than ourselves are important as well. I mean, where else can you get paid to travel and fly in a helicopter to work?

In this video we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of working as an overseas contractor. We talk about the boredom, the bad food, the racism and prejudice, and of course missing family and the dangers.

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deployment pogs


When deployed troops buy whatever they need, if they pay in cash, they won't be given pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters as change. Instead, they'll be given cardboard coins (colloquially called "pogs," like the 90s toys). And, now, coin collectors are going crazy for them.

Depending on where in Iraq or Afghanistan troops are stationed, they may have easy access to an AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) store. Bigger airfields have larger stores that sell all an airman could want — meanwhile, outlying FOBs are just happy that their AAFES truck didn't blow up this month.

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KBRwyle Powers Military Bases with Green Energy

KBRwyle powers military bases throughout the Middle East with solar and wind lights that protect the environment and reduce the cost of fuel and services parts.
Michael Flanagan, Vice President Operations LOGCAP IV at KBRwyle

"Based on our years of experience working in harsh environments, we were looking for ways to provide exterior lighting without the fuel and maintenance burdens of gasoline or diesel powered light sets," said Mike Flanagan, KBRwyle Vice President for the LOGCAP IV team.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

The last big plane left the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Feb. 14. Of the 150 scientists, technicians, and support staff, only 33 men and eight women remained for the winter: six months of darkness, no arriving supplies, average temperatures of -76F. Also: no Wi-Fi or cell-phone service. At the South Pole, iPhones become expensive alarm clocks and music players. Sunrise comes on Sept. 21.

Sitting on the ice—as well as buried one mile beneath it—are telescopes and other instruments gathering data to help answer questions about the changing climate here on earth, as well as the origins of the universe. The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation—the idea that the cosmos experienced exponential growth in its first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second—came from a telescope at the South Pole called BICEP2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization.)

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medals of valor


Three retired soldiers were honored at the Pentagon yesterday for exceptional gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving in Afghanistan as civilian contractors.

Retired Army Master Sgt. William Timothy Nix, retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael Anthony Dunne and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Brandon Ray Seabolt received the Medal of Valor, the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for valor.

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KBR's Andrea Martinez

Andrea Martinez, Associate Technical Professional - Civil, traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan to work on a KBR project based at a NATO airfield. Below is an account of her time on the project through her own eyes.

As a civil engineer, I have faced many challenging situations in my career but this opportunity offered me one of my biggest challenges to date. On my first day back in the office after the Christmas holidays last year, I was offered the opportunity to work on the KBR project based at NATO's Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan in the role of Building & Civil Engineering Technical Officer.

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