Ever since he ambushed Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the Pentagon on a Saturday morning in July, Blackwater founder and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince has been hounding the Trump administration to embrace his batshit crazy plan for winning the war in Afghanistan through the unprovoked slaughter of unarmed civilians by trigger-happy mercenaries. While Mattis gave Prince the death stare politely demurred at the time, President Donald Trump’s growing frustration with the intractable 16-year-old conflict and the imminent deployment of 4,000 new U.S. troops to the country raises the possibility that a White House facing mounting military and political obstacles in the Global War on Terror could entrust the future of the Forever War to private military contractors.
Every so often when you’re sitting in the chow hall overseas, you’ll gaze up from your plate of Noodles Jefferson and take note of your surroundings. Depending on theater and tempo, the crowd ranges from monotone to “Star Wars” bar scene. Uniforms from different branches and different countries worn in different ways; government employees and contractors abound.
Dr. Sean McFate may very well be a top contender for Most Interesting Man In The World. Currently, he’s a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and an adjunct professor of national security policy at Georgetown University. But before settling into the world of academia, McFate was a military contractor with DynCorp International. And before that, he spent eight years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He’s raised armies in Africa, run guns from Eastern Europe, and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane more times than any man should. As a scholar, he hasn’t strayed from his military roots. He’s only expanded his purview. His area of expertise: grand strategy and war.