The practice of hiring private armies goes back to ancient times, and the mystique associated with the mercenary warrior has been the subject of many historical studies and fi ctional characterizations. This episode of CQB takes a more contemporary look at a day in the life of a group of civilian contractors, and how their role has evolved on the modern battlefield. Using its “sub-second” analysis techniques and intimate fi rst-person footage, CQB reveals the backgrounds, training and equipment of today’s “soldiers for hire” and how private armies are re-shaping the way confl icts are conducted around the world.

Director: Charles Jannasch
Year: 2012
Content Rating: 12

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