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Welcome to Force for Hire, where we will take you on a deep dive into the shadowy world of private military contracting. Hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris will take listeners behind the scenes of this often misunderstood aspect of modern warfare.

Welcome to Force for Hire, where we will take you on a deep dive into the shadowy world of private military contracting. Hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris will take listeners behind the scenes of this often misunderstood aspect of modern warfare.
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United States

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Welcome to Force for Hire, where we will take you on a deep dive into the shadowy world of private military contracting. Hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris will take listeners behind the scenes of this often misunderstood aspect of modern warfare.

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English

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(202)460-8322


Episodes

Contractors navigate complex maze of laws, policies for health care

5/15/2019
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As complex as military health care can be, servicemembers don’t have to worry about the Department of Defense shutting down overnight. Contractors who work for smaller private military or security firms have faced exactly that, leaving them without continued care. Even though that was an extreme case, contractors commonly face a tangled web of regulations, insurance policies and legal loopholes when seeking health care. A trio of experts joins hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris to...

Duration:00:34:20

Black Rifle Coffee CEO’s life as Green Beret, military contractor

5/8/2019
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The idea of leaving active duty for a contracting gig is a dream that many servicemembers share. And why not? Heading back to college at an older age or going from leading a fire team to working in retail can sound less than exciting. Taking hard-earned military skills and applying them to a lucrative new career is appealing to many veterans. But is contracting all it’s cracked up to be? In the last episode of Force for Hire, we heard how servicemembers and veterans can get started in...

Duration:00:37:48

Leveraging military skills, expertise to forge a new career

5/1/2019
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With Force for Hire, we’ve covered the modern history of military and security contracting, talked to veterans of the industry and spoke to the families affected by the realities of the business. Now, it’s time to find out what it takes to become a military contractor: the skills needed, the attitudes recruiters are looking for and what challenges veterans can expect to face when looking to make the leap into the industry. Many veterans have designs on using the skills they’ve picked up in...

Duration:00:42:42

The families left behind

4/17/2019
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In this episode we talk to Barbie Baker and Nicole Woodland, two women with firsthand knowledge of the lifestyle change that takes place after a spouse joins the world of private military contracting. Their story might sound familiar to former military spouses — loneliness, uncertainty and a search for new meaning — but some of what they say might surprise you.

Duration:00:38:09

Money makes the contracting world go 'round

4/10/2019
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Over the past few episodes of Force for Hire, hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris have broached a number of topics pertaining to private military contracting. Throughout, they’ve briefly touched on the issue of money, from guest Adam Gonzales talking about his salary as a private security operator to author Sean McFate talking about the profit of doing business downrange. Now, it’s time to dive headfirst into the topic that has bubbled beneath the surface of nearly every conversation...

Duration:00:57:58

An interview with Erik Prince, Blackwater founder, outspoken proponent of military contracting

4/3/2019
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We sit down with Erik Prince, co-founder of Blackwater and the face of an industry that generally tries to stay out of the limelight. Listen in as he talks about the history of Blackwater, his vision for the war in Afghanistan and what he views as the mistakes the military has made there over these past 17 years.

Duration:00:47:49

The beginnings of Blackwater and how it forever changed US policy

3/20/2019
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Even though the name is relegated to history, Blackwater remains the first thought that springs to mind when most think of private military contractors. In this episode, we delve into its history and how its success and failures changed American foreign policy forever.

Duration:00:41:43

Soldier turned contractor explains Blackwater training, security detail in Iraq

3/13/2019
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This week on Force for Hire we’re taking a step back from the politics and controversy surrounding private military contracting and talking to a man who knows what it’s like to be both a soldier and a private operator. 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...

Duration:00:28:33

Outsourcing America's military might

3/6/2019
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Welcome to Force for Hire, where we will take you on a deep dive into the shadowy world of private military contracting. Join hosts Michelle Harven and Desmon Farris as they talk to military contractors, defense experts and servicemembers to help clear up the myths surrounding private military contracting and find out the truth behind the legends. In this first episode Michelle and Desmon talk to Sean McFate, former self-proclaimed mercenary and author of "New Rules of War" and David...

Duration:00:35:28

Trailer - Welcome to Force for Hire

2/13/2019
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We'd like to welcome you to Force for Hire, a podcast dedicated to private military contracting, the myths that surround it and the reality that has made contracting a vital part of modern American warfare. The first episode will launch March 7, 2019.

Duration:00:00:35