Name Game

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game-changers, a new technology or tactic that will render war as we know it obsolete. Turns out they also embrace name-changers. Here’s a nifty little $17 million contract buried deep in the Pentagon’s Wednesday contract announcements. It’s to defend a U.S. forward operating base in Afghanistan.

The name of the company may not look familiar, but its location – Moynock, N.C. — might ring a bell. Turns out Academi used to be Xe, which used to be Blackwater, the private security company based in that town that got in all kinds of trouble pulling security in Iraq. Think of Blackwater as its maiden name.