Africa Center Senior Fellow Sean McFate joins Al Jazeera to discuss the rise of private military contractors and the recent conviction of four former Blackwater guards:

From opportunistic guns for hire on the fringe of domestic conflicts to a global force operating within a multi-billion dollar industry. The world of the military mercenary has become big business.

Private companies have taken on an increasing range of responsibilities as war is outsourced, from security and intelligence analysis, to training and combat roles.


Sean McFate, a former military contractor and author of the book The Modern Mercenary.

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