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  1. #1 Blackwater founder Erik Prince on why private militaries are the future 
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    I've been following a lot of stories about Obama destroying the US military like this one. I have thought for a long time that TPTB are hell bent on replacing our national military with a mercenary force. Much of this has already begun with Blackwater (Academi) and CACI. This article adds fuel to the fire.

    Blackwater founder Erik Prince on why private militaries are the future

    ...Prince argues that hired soldiers have been with America ever since the first private military contractor — Christopher Columbus — landed in the New World. Prince imagines a future where private military contractors (PMCs) help America maintain its commitments abroad while not breaking the treasury. In much the same way NASA sets standards for SpaceX, he thinks the federal government can rely on PMCs to get a realistic assessment of how much things ought to cost by turning to the private sector. “You have FedEx and UPS that you can immediately get a price check with,” says Prince.

    “The military can do a lot more with its existing structure, but it needs to get rid of a lot of the overhead,” Prince says. “When you have more Navy admirals than you have ships you’ve got a problem. Spend more on teeth and less on tail. The tail has been getting fatter and fatter and fatter and it’s time to put that side of the military on a diet.”

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    Non-state actors will always be cheaper and cost little politically or ethically. They are deniable and disposable.

    Occupying is too expensive for a state when you are opposed by non-state opposition who can attack you at their leisure and bleed you slowly of resources while your government spends itself into failure.

    You'd think 2 failed occupations would teach people this.

    For empire to be a success you must transplant culture, that does not work at the point of a gun. Sending in cannon fodder mercs the public could give two shits about if things go wrong is the realistic alternative.
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