Boots on the Ground -- With Guest Jake Allen from The Combat Operator

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The podcast with security consultant and founder of The Combat Operator Jake Allen is ready for download below.

Some key points Jake made:

  • A lot of the pirates are part-timers -- fishermen not making enough money who see easy prey with bog slow ships.
  • There need to be severe consequences for this ilk -- sinking pirate speedboats and potentially killing marauding bands will serve as a major deterrent.
  • Piracy in the Gulf of Aden isn't a huge financial problem -- but it is one if you're a seafarer captured by pirates.
  • Shipping companies should strongly consider trained, armed or unarmed security contractors to protect vessels transiting through the area -- though this is not an inexpensive proposition.
  • Raiding pirate bastions with Marines or SEALs would yield tactical success but create huge strategic problems for the United States -- a bad idea.

On the change from "Blackwater" to "Xe":

  • Changing the name is not enough -- the company needs to change its business model and concentrate on new, more positive ventures.
  • The company needs to be more decentralized -- allow different businesses within Xe to act on their own...enough of just Erik Prince and Gary Jackson speaking for the enterprise.
  • The global economic downturn has begun to dry up business for PMCs.
  • XE needs to take a hard look at all their business entities and keep ones that can really further a more positive brand.

Listen to the entire interview for more details...

-- Christian

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