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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. Until recently, I was a contributing editor 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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

EXECUTIVE OUTCOMES: AGAINST ALL ODDS


The book ‘Executive Outcomes: Against all Odds’ was finally signed off this morning and is due to go to print.
Revising and updating the book was a bumpy and at times, a painful journey. However, a great editor and an understanding publisher made it easier to finally reach the end of the road. I am happy with the final result, and I hope the men who served the company so loyally will also be pleased with the end result. Obviously, it was not possible to mention everyone by name who served in the company, but those who served know who they are. They can be justly proud of what they achieved.
The book (770 pages) contains a lot of new information and photographs. It not only covers the contracts EO engaged in, but also a lot of new information on the devious role played by elements of Military Intelligence, and their lackeys—including some very unethical journalists who used their poison-pens to further their own personal agendas. The double-dealing of our politicians of that time, and their efforts to deceive the South African public, is also discussed.  
The cover of the book was changed as the publisher felt it necessary to break from previous covers—including a book written by someone else that used virtually the same cover.
My thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me in getting to the end of this road. My thanks too to the Military Intelligence officers who found the courage to come clean and finally speak to me.
I truly hope that the book will finally lay to rest the many ghosts of the past and expose the false and misleading ‘intelligence’ and ‘news’ for the lies they were.

6 comments:

Adam said...

Will there be an e reader version availiable?

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

That will depend on the publisher Adam

tatwar said...

Keep me posted where to order your new book. (Isbn nr?)

Adam said...

Thank you! I can't wait to read this. Currently reading "Four Ball One Tracer" and "Gunship Ace". I want to read about EO from the "main source" so to speak, so I will look forward to this!

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thanks for your interest Tatwar. You can find ordering info here: https://www.warbooks.co.za/products/executive-outcomes-against-all-odds-eeben-barlow-revised-edition?variant=133840044035&fb_ref=pLaSSsBsNf-Facebook&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=ShareButton&utm_campaign=GetSocial
Rgds,
Eeben

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thanks Adam. Roelf's book is a good view of how he experienced life in EO, warts and all. If you want to pre-order, you can find information here: https://www.warbooks.co.za/products/executive-outcomes-against-all-odds-eeben-barlow-revised-edition?variant=133840044035&fb_ref=pLaSSsBsNf-Facebook&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=ShareButton&utm_campaign=GetSocial
Rgds,
Eeben