24 May 2016

State Dept Chooses 7 for New Worldwide Protective Services Contract

“Seven companies have been awarded spots on a potential five-year, multibillion-dollar contract to help protect State Department facilities and personnel based in high-threat areas globally.” Source: State Dept Chooses 7 for New Worldwide Protective Services Contract

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20 May 2016

Palantir losing key clients and employees

“Over the last 13 months, at least three top-tier corporate clients have walked away, including Coca-Cola, American Express, and Nasdaq, according to internal documents. Palantir mines data to help companies make more money, but clients have balked at its high prices that can exceed $1 million per month, expressed doubts

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25 Apr 2016

Erik Prince and World of Mercenaries

“What Balderas didn’t mention in his two and a half hours before the commission—what the Panama Papers now reveal—was that, just weeks prior, Triple Canopy had acquired Edinburgh International, a Dubai-based military contractor, operating out of a suite of offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands, registered for a time

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30 Jan 2016

Security Firm Norse Corp. Imploding

“‘The systems in question are fake systems….and the data obtained cannot be accurately used for attribution,’ Lee wrote of Norse’s sensor network. ‘In essence, Norse identified scans from Iranian Internet locations against fake systems and announced them as attacks on industrial control systems by a foreign government. The Norse report’s claims

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20 Nov 2015

Ex-Navy Seal Bets on Newly Discovered Congo Copper Deposit

“Frontier Resource Group, founded by former U.S. Navy Seal Erik Prince, is in talks with a potential partner to develop a copper deposit in central Democratic Republic of Congo where the company says the metal has never been found before. The company expects to seal a ‘multi-million dollar deal’ with

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11 May 2015

Blackwater Founder Turns White-Collar CEO Aiding Chinese Firms

“Nearly five years after selling his notorious soldiers-for-hire business, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide is once again running operations in some of the world’s most hazardous places. This time, instead of providing machine-gun-wielding contractors, Erik Prince is offering Chinese customers logistical support to get in and out of African danger

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03 Apr 2015

Uber Lures Facebook Security Chief Joe Sullivan to be CSO

“New age car service Uber on Thursday said that it has hired former Facebook security chief Joe Sullivan as its first ever Chief Security Officer. Sullivan, who will take the position as CSO at Uber in late April, joins the company after 5 years at Facebook in a similar role,

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03 Feb 2015

Does anyone make accurate geopolitical predictions?

“We discovered three key factors that predicted geopolitical forecasting accuracy. First, psychological factors, including inductive reasoning, pattern detection, open-mindedness and the tendency to look for information that goes against one’s favored views, especially when combined with political knowledge, helped forecasters make accurate predictions. Second, forecasters benefited from conditions tested in

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26 Jan 2015

Mexican authorities look away as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex

“Mexican authorities have disregarded auditors’ warnings on billions of dollars of deals granted by the state oil giant, a Reuters examination shows. Among the businessmen who benefited: an alleged associate of the Zetas cartel.” (Source: Mexican authorities look away as contractors fleece oil giant Pemex

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19 Dec 2014

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

“The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million

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