Sean McFate
Associate Professor, National Defense University

Sean McFate is Associate Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. His latest book is The Modern Mercenary (2014). 

Written by Sean McFate

Portuguese mercenaries fighting for the Front National de Libération de l’Angola in 1975. Photo by Don Carl Steffen/Getty

Essay/
History
Return of the mercenaries

Two centuries ago, public armies replaced private ones as the dominant tool of warfare. Now, private armies are back

Sean McFate