Editor’s Note: SOFREP is pleased to be able to bring the following piece to you, penned by former Green Beret and SOFREP reader  Curtis L. Fox

Modern Mercenaries

 Wagner operates as an unofficial arm of the Russian Ministry of Defense, giving the Kremlin plausible deniability as it destabilizes and exploits developing nations and frontier economies.

Wagner reminds Western leaders daily as to why the UN enforces sharp prohibitions against the use of mercenaries. However, the use of mercenaries to wage wars and maintain geopolitical stability was historically common up until the late 19th Century. The Romans hired and integrated Gothic mercenaries into the legions to such an extent that it became more common for orders to be issued in a Germanic dialect than Latin.