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Force for Hire

Summary: 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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 Wrapping up, a look at key issues, and farewell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2013

The Force for Hire team looks back at the series and examines some key issues about the world of private military contracting.

 'Mercenary Mum' talks leaving military, joining contracting world | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1496

Neryl Joyce was an Australian servicemember who turned to contracting when she wasn’t allowed to deploy with her fellow soldiers.

 Contractors: Asset or liability to nation's cybersecurity? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1671

Richard Clarke, special cybersecurity adviser to President George W. Bush joins us this week and addresses digital threats and how military contractors have helped and hurt U.S. national security.

 Fighting for justice in a lawless land | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1771

This week Force for Hire welcomes Kimberley Motley, who has made a career out of fighting corruption in Afghanistan and has helped bring justice to those working to support the U.S. military.

 Dodging bullets, execution during rise of ISIS in Iraq | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1428

Johann Raath talks about his experiences working in Iraq during the rise of ISIS and how he escaped death more than once – and came back for more.

 Fighting piracy on high seas often job for private military contractors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1602

Fighting piracy on high seas often job for private military contractors

 Kidnapping, death of US contractor leaves behind shattered family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2094

The day Russell Frost and two former American soldiers were kidnapped was an unusual one, even by the standards of 2016 Baghdad. What followed was 31 days of hell, a life lost far too soon and a family shattered by tragedy.

 The legend of 'Mad Mike' Hoare | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1930

The legend of 'Mad Mike' Hoare

 Exploring the murky, mysterious world of Russian military contracting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2110

This week we're looking at a private Russian paramilitary force that is a global threat, even though it isn’t formally recognized by its government.

 Former British Army leader Tim Collins talks Iraq War, contracting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1419

We are joined this week by former British colonel Tim Collins, who delivered one of the most famous speeches of the Iraq War. Collins — now involved with security contracting firm New Century — shares his perspective on the operations gaps filled by contracting and how it’s shaping the modern battlefield.

 Examining contracting, military spending in the UAE and Saudi Arabia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2077

Guests Theodore Karasik and Aaron Gregg break down why the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are so important to the private military contracting world - and the U.S.

 A talk with Tim Lynch, voice of a misunderstood industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1259

A talk with Tim Lynch, voice of a misunderstood industry

 Exploitation, human trafficking rampant in third-country national contracting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2373

This week on Force for Hire, we bring aboard a pair of experts to examine an aspect of military contracting that ties into issues of human rights abuses and modern-day slavery.

 Meet Cindy Waldron, war zone trucker, military mom and survivor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2555

War zone truck drive Cindy Morgan stopped by and talked with Stars and Stripes about her experiences in Iraq, in a raw, unfiltered look back at a singularly unique career.

 Contractors navigate complex maze of laws, policies for health care | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2060

Contractors navigate complex maze of laws, policies for health care


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