Cofer Black, vice-chairman of the leading U.S. security firm, Blackwater USA, has offered to provide forces for counter-insurgency mission around the world

March 30th, 2006

U.S. FIRM OFFERS PRIVATE ARMY

AMMAN — A leading U.S. security firm has offered to provide forces for any counter-insurgency mission around the world.

J. Cofer Black, vice chairman of Blackwater USA told the Special Operations Forces Exhibition, of Sofex-2006, conference, that his company could supply private soldiers to any country. Black, a former U.S. State Department counter-terrorism coordinator, said Blackwater has been marketing the concept of private armies for low-intensity conflicts.

“About a year ago, we realized we could do it,” Black said.

Blackwater has been a leading private security firm in Iraq. The company provides thousands of foreign and Iraqi personnel for government and private security missions.