Executive Outcomes provided military personnel, training and logistical support to officially recognized governments only. They were however often accused of providing the military strength for corporations to control natural resources in failed states or conflict-ridden areas, because these governments mostly paid for their services with mining concessions.
To provide a highly professional and confidential military advisory service to legitimate governments.
To provide sound military and strategic advice.
To provide the most professional military training packages currently available to armed forces, covering aspects related to sea, air, and land warfare.
To provide advice to armed forces on weapon and weapon platform selection.
To provide a total apolitical service based on confidentiality, professionalism, and dedication.
Only Koevoet — being part of the South West African Police (SWAPOL) — was disbanded as part of independence negotiations for South-West Africa (now Namibia). Many members of the other units, or simply former national servicemen, were recruited by Executive Outcomes (EO).
The South African intelligence services started to defame Executive Outcomes for a long period. Although Executive Outcomes was highly regarded in the military world, allegations that Executive Outcomes was paid in diamonds and oil- and mineral concessions was the cause that the company got bad coverage in the press. Despite their initial successes in Sierra Leone, where the contractors were welcomed by the local population (citation needed), the company was forced to leave the country by the United Nations. After Executive Outcomes left, the country was back in turmoil again.
In 1997, Eeben Barlow left the company, disillusioned by the negative national and international press coverage.
The aim of the Act was to stop mercenary activities by the dual actions of:
The company's personnel most likely continued their activities under the names of Lifeguard, Saracen, or another private military company with links to Executive Outcomes, albeit with a much reduced level of visibility.
No peace for South Africa's wand'ring warriors. (Executive Outcomes uses Angola as training ground for mercenary soldiers)
May 01, 1996; When its war with the African National Congress ended at home in 1990, a group of former South African Defense Force soldiers...
De Beers, Chevron, Rio Tinto and Texaco were among the international corporations to hire Executive Outcomes, which became the first of the world's privatised armies in the post-Cold War era. The Angolan and Sierra Leonean governments followed. Executive Outcomes' connections to the British government through Sandline International and Aegis Defence remain contentious.
May 02, 2012; De Beers, Chevron, Rio Tinto and Texaco were among the international corporations to hire Executive Outcomes, which became the...
Bullets, bombs and business... Former Executive Outcomes boss Eeben Barlow feels bitter and jaded about the way the media portrayed his legitimate private military company, and with good reason, writes Brendan Seery.(News)
Nov 05, 2007; Interviewing Eeben Barlow is not an experience you would describe as comfortable. It's not because he is a former CCB operative...