Miller Center

American Forum - Mercenaries or Patriots: Privatizing American Security

Ann Hagedorn, Erik Prince
February 11, 2015
11:00AM - 12:30PM (EST)

Ann Hagedorn
Ann Hagedorn

Erik Prince
Erik Prince

ANN HAGEDORN, author of The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security, and ERIK PRINCE, founder of the famously controversial Blackwater private-security company, discuss and debate whether the U.S. has made a mistake in its growing reliance on private para-military operators. Prince is the author of the new book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. Hagedorn is a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal and instructor at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Her book examines private military and security companies that have profited from the trend, and profiles members of Congress who see dangers in the practice but have been unable to limit it.  A book signing will follow their Forum. Photo Credit for Ann Hagedorn, Jeanie Wulfkuhiefor; for Erik Prince, Bingo Rimér

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