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I have been a paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. A para-military contractor. An operative in the private intelligence world (think: Wall Street meets CIA). I’ve dealt with African warlords, raised armies for U.S. interest, rode with armed groups in the Sahara, conducted strategic reconnaissance for oil companies, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and helped prevent an impending genocide in the Rwanda region. In between this, I earned degrees from Brown, Harvard, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Now I’m an author, my favorite job by far. I write about the world as I’ve witnessed it. Unlike most, I write both serious non-fiction and fiction. What I can’t discuss in my non-fiction ends up in my novels, wh
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Sean McFate Sorry for the long delay. Tom Locke's love of music comes from me. Before I became a paratrooper and then para-military contractor, I was a classical …moreSorry for the long delay. Tom Locke's love of music comes from me. Before I became a paratrooper and then para-military contractor, I was a classical violinist as a child, and a serious one too. I put down the violin because I wanted to do other things with my life, but my love of music remains. Same with Tom.(less)
Sean McFate Yes!! Tom Locke #3 comes out 9 June and is the best one yet. It's called HIGH TREASON.
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“The state’s exclusive claim to violence to uphold its rule of law is, according to many, the very essence of statehood. For instance, in 1919, the eminent German sociologist Max Weber defined the state as “a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.”6 This definition remains widely used today, and states that cannot maintain a monopoly of force and endure civil war or frequent violent crime are routinely described as “weak,” “fragile,” or “failed” states.”
Sean McFate, The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

“There are easier ways to win than open warfare, and such strategies
do not require a big military, or even a military at all. Firepower is not needed to
win war. This is how David defeats Goliath.”
Sean McFate

“In a shadow war, cloaking is a form of power, and information is weaponized. If
you twist your enemy’s perception of reality, you can manipulate him into strategic
blunders that can be exploited for victory. It’s also a great defense.”
Sean McFate, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder

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