Underreported: Pirates vs. Private Security Firms

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Private security firms are increasingly being used in the fight against pirates who operate off the coast of Africa. One company, Eos Risk Management, says it has fended off at least 15 attacks from Somali pirates since January. The practice of using security contractors to provide maritime defense "in appropriate circumstances" has even been endorsed by the US State Department. We’ll be joined by Jonathan Ledgard, the East Africa correspondent for the Economist magazine. His article "Piracy and Private Enterprise" appears in the August 20th Issue of the magazine.


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Ray Normandeau from

The connection was not too bad considering probably some type of VOIP from overseas.

Sometimes if there is a big lag problem, the use of the word "over" may be helpful

Sep. 10 2009 05:31 PM

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