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OU on the BBC: The Bottom Line – The business of war

Updated Thursday 10th October 2013

Ex-army leaders-turned-businessmen discuss private defence and security with Evan Davis.

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Where there is war and fear there's money to be made from protection. In The Bottom Line, Evan Davis talks to ex-army leaders turned businessmen about the world of private defence and security work.

Why are governments employing private contractors to do work previously done by the armed forces? How do those businesses maintain their reputations in such a controversial sector?

In the studio this week are:

  • Major General Graham Binns CBE, DSO, MC, a former British army officer, now CEO of Aegis Defence Services Limited
  • Major General Andrew Pringle, CB, CBE, President of KBR UK and a former British army officer
  • Gabriel Carter, Managing Director of LPD Risk Management

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 10 October 2013 at 8.30pm. Versions will also be broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World and BBC News Channel. To find out more, or to listen online where available, please visit


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