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I saw active service in conventional, clandestine and covert units of the South African Defence Force. I was the founder of the Private Military Company (PMC) Executive Outcomes in 1989 and its chairman until I left in 1997. Until its closure in 1998, EO operated primarily in Africa helping African governments that had been abandoned by the West and were facing threats from insurgencies, terrorism and organised crime. EO also operated in South America and the Far East. I believe that only Africans (Black and White) can truly solve Africa’s problems. I was appointed Chairman of STTEP International in 2009 and also lecture at military colleges and universities in Africa on defence, intelligence and security issues. Prior to the STTEP International appointment, I served as an independent politico-military advisor to several African governments. I am a contributor to The Counter Terrorist magazine. All comments in line with the topics on this blog are welcome. As I consider this to be a serious look at military and security matters, foul language and political or religious debates will not be entertained on this blog.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

EXPOSING MY FAKE “BUSINESS PARTNERS”

Apart from Northbridge Security Services, who have very falsely claimed to be the “reborn Executive Outcomes”, there are some more frauds out there claiming to be “closely” associated with and/or linked to me/Executive Outcomes, despite the fact that I had never even heard of them – until now. Like Northbridge, they seem to no longer know where their lie started or how it will end.

I have in no way been associated/involved with Saracen International since 1997 or indeed even had contact with the company since then. Perhaps the two South African journalists who perpetuated the recent claim (De Wet Potgieter and Ivor Powel) - or regurgitated it - would like to tell me why they chose to lie for a living. Better still, maybe they would like to ensure that I get paid by Saracen. I will give them a recovery fee for that, something that ought not to be too difficult for them as they apparently “know” that I am part of Saracen. If they represent the best in South African journalism, that trade is in big trouble.

It appears as though some foreign journalists are now following the Potgieter/Powel example by exposing history. Perhaps the next big story they work on will be disastrous charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.

A crowd that has recently fallen out of the woodwork is Strategic Stability International (SSI), a few of its associated companies and some of the people associated with it. This includes:

1. Strategic Stability International
2. Provident Stability International
3. Consular Operations International
4. Recruiting Strategies
5. Cela Consult (Not to be confused with Cela Consulting)
6. CV Jobs Co
7. Mr Jonathan Constable
8. Mr Steven Mohadi
9. Mr Andrew Cohen
10. Mr Jean Oberholzer
11. Mr Lionel Britz
12. Mr Theo Mahlangu
13. Mr Lawrence Heron

It appears that the above companies and people were claiming to have contracts in a Middle Eastern and a Central American country and that I was involved in some manner or form “behind the scenes”. Apart from this blatant lie, there were apparently no contracts in either the Middle East or Central America.

Taking this apparent deception a step further, every person who applied for a position on these contracts, had to pay a fee of SA Rands 250, 00 (approx US$ 35) to have their applications processed. By their own admission – in writing - SSI and its associates “recruited” 1 200 men – making a tidy sum out of their efforts.

When these non-existent contracts started going pear-shaped, the blame was subsequently placed on my shoulders with implications that I was sabotaging their efforts, something I found amusing as I had no knowledge of these clowns or of their non-existent contracts. It was also explained that I had “gone into hiding” as “they were after me”. Dream on you Plonkers!

I am told that there is currently an investigation into SSI and its merry associates – and their strange business dealings.

This story does have a happy ending: Apparently Mr Jonathan Constable was recently arrested for human trafficking. Unfortunately, those who were conned into paying their fees will in all probability never see their money again.

Furthermore, I am in no manner or form associated with the many companies that have adopted the name or pose as Executive Outcomes. These include:

1. The Australian Executive Outcomes (www.executiveoutcomes.com.au)
2. The US-based Executive Outcomes (http://www.execoutcomes.com/)
3. The FaceBook crowd (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Executive-Outcomes/106052689424998)
4. The New Zealand crowd http://www.linkedin.com/companies/executive-outcomes-ltd
5. Executive Outcomes – Professional Adult Business Consulting - maybe Thor at th@executive-outcomes.com could enlighten us?...and the numerous other name-stealers and wannabees.

To say I am sick of these people would be an understatement of gigantic proportions.

The reality is that none of the above posers would be able to walk half-a-mile in the shoes of the men who served in the real Executive Outcomes.

I still have more information coming in on other companies claiming to represent me or posing as Executive Outcomes. This I shall post in due course.

Added on 24 January 2011: Another company forming part of this conglomerate is “International Intelligence Risk Management” – also run by Jonathan Constable. Constable also goes by the alias of “Derek Davies” – maybe his undercover name?

Added on 27 January 2011: Here is a link to the site of someone who has apparently suffered at the hands of this con: http://spiderman0000000.blog.com/. I hope they see justice served.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

PSEUDO OPERATIONS - FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

Considering the manner in which organised gangs and insurgents, be they political, criminal, religious or militant choose to conduct their terror and criminal actions, I believe that we need to adapt our operational approaches and begin laying greater emphasis on:

1. Intelligence, in particular HUMINT
2. Pseudo operations
3. Tactical ground and air support

Intelligence ought to act as the commander’s eyes and ears. If he has no current intelligence, he is both blind and deaf and a blind and deaf commander has no real value in today’s small wars and conflicts. Whereas it is good and well to have technical intelligence and satellite coverage, we also need to know “what” the enemy is thinking. We can only know what the enemy is thinking if we have someone within his ranks.

Infiltrating or penetrating the enemy’s ranks requires the ability to make intelligence predictions insofar as which organisations should be targeted. These predictions, although not always correct, do however given an indication of what to expect and where. It is better to have someone in a potential or real enemy’s ranks and not need him than to have no one in the enemy’s ranks and need him.

Intelligence is a critical essential but we often fail to recognise its value. Strategies are intelligence driven and the strategy can only fail if it is developed with no intelligence. At the tactical level, it is intelligence that enables us to locate, bind, strike, exploit and disrupt any threat. Indeed, it has an influence on the tactics, techniques and procedures we apply.

Well trained and led pseudo teams, operating off current intelligence can wreak havoc amongst the enemy and decimate its ranks. But to do that, we need to adjust our thinking and our approach. But it bears remembering that pseudo teams are not “special forces” – instead they are irregular troops operating under normal command and control.

The strategy of attrition applied by these gangs gives them an almost mythical status of invincibility. Added to that is the publicity they enjoy from their deeds in the mass media. Using low-tech equipment and improvisation, they are able to achieve high-value results and attain the initiative.

Pseudo teams, recruited from the areas they originate from are ideal trackers, interpreters and in most instances, know the terrain they operate in like the back of their hand. They are able to detect changes in the human environment incoming units cannot see. Furthermore, they are often highly-motivated as they have been the prime beneficiaries of the violence against them and they are driven by a desire for justice and revenge.

I do not advocate doing away with the traditional battalion, company and platoon formations when fighting these wars. I do, however, believe that especially in Africa, these formations do not always give the dividends one would expect. I furthermore believe that the time has come to incorporate a pseudo element into the motorised infantry battalion.

Once deployed into an area, this pseudo element should begin working with the local population, identifying potential candidates for pseudo work and training and equipping them to take the fight to the enemy. Such sub-units and sub-sub-units will enhance the reconnaissance and intelligence gathering capabilities of the motorised infantry battalion, be able to conduct snatch operations, disrupt enemy plans and actions and so forth.

A good pseudo team is able to sustain itself in the field although a system of caches to replenish food and ammunition is essential. But their true value lies in being able to fight the enemy with its own tactics and techniques and when necessary, call in tactical air support or heliborne combat troops to take over the engagement and exploit the fire-fight. This ground and air support is essential and adds a great degree of flexibility to pseudo operations.

To avoid “friendly fire”, areas where these teams operate need to be classified as restricted operations areas. Targeted tactical air support needs to be on call.

Fighting the enemy with overwhelming firepower does not always achieve the results we seek. Additionally, this mass of fire inevitable leads to collateral damage (people and infrastructure) thus driving the locals into the ranks of the enemy and reducing our chances of recruiting locals for our pseudo teams.

When we change our mindset and think outside of the box, we will be able to train, deploy and exploit pseudo teams, regain the initiative and reap the benefits of fighting fire with fire.

Monday, January 10, 2011

LYING FOR CONTRACTS AND FUNDING

It has come to my attention that are there some people and even companies that are claiming to either represent me or stating that they are “very closely associated” with me in order to get business and even raise funding for projects by stating that I am working with them “behind the scenes”.

Whereas this is not only distressing, it is also both fraudulent and criminal.

I am planning to compile a list of persons/companies that are masquerading under this cover – and who I am not in any manner or form associated with/part of or even remotely linked to.

Added to this are recent reports in the South African media by a disgraced journalist who was once in the employ of a law-enforcement agency and his ex-MI agent-accomplice – who also happens to be a failed newspaper editor, alluding to my so-called involvement in certain activities and contracts which I am not even part of. It seems as though they cannot live a life without writing disinformation. It makes me wonder who their new paymasters are.

The onus is on the prospective client to investigate any person or company who is trying to get a contract.

I would therefore encourage any person, institution, company or government (including intelligence agencies) that is approached by anyone claiming to either know me or represent me to contact me for confirmation. I will gladly assist in exposing those who are masquerading under my name and lying to get contracts or funding.