OCONUS: The Contractor's Life

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

74 episodes of OCONUS: The Contractor's Life since the first episode, which aired on June 2nd, 2020.

  • Season-2 Episode-29

    November 17th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 12 mins
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk with Douglas Hardman -- former member of the U.S. Army, and private security contractor.

  • Season-2 Episode-27

    November 10th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 37 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode I digress and rant about the abysmal state of the standard private security model -- primarily in the U.S.

  • Season-2 Episode-26

    November 3rd, 2022  |  Season 2  |  2 hrs 21 mins
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk with Ken Gouchi, former U.S. Army and host of Wienerfied dot com, and David Maestas, retired U.S. Army, and founder of Discover Maestro.

  • Season-2 Episode-25

    October 27th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  33 mins
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I take an unceremonious departure from Afghanistan, going back to Iraq.

  • Season-2 Episode-24

    October 20th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 19 mins
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk with friend Dave Maestas, and founder of Discover Maestro.

  • Season-2 Episode-23

    October 6th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 4 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk about, primarily, the differences between standard private security and non-standard private security.

  • Season-2 Episode-22

    September 29th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 6 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk more of my time and experiences while working in the Jalalabad region of Afghanistan.

  • Season-2 Episode-21

    September 22nd, 2022  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 30 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk more of my time with EODT while working in the Jalalabad region of Afghanistan.

  • Season-2 Episode-20

    August 4th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  43 mins 39 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I continue with my experiences as a PSC in Iraq, moving from my relatively brief time with then SOC-SMG and moving over to EODT.

  • Season-2 Episode-19

    July 28th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  43 mins 37 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk more about my first deployment to Iraq as a PSC. I also clarify my comments on the distinction between OCONUS and Overseas. I also talk about some of the differences between contracting overseas and working stateside.

  • Season-2 Episode-18

    July 21st, 2022  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 22 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I finally transition from Kuwait to Iraq. I also talk, briefly, about my experiences between Kuwait and Iraq prior to deploying as a PSC to Iraq, as well as my initial experiences the first couple of weeks on the ground in Iraq.

  • Season-2 Episode-17

    July 14th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  51 mins 37 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I put a more or less final wrap on my experiences as a PSC in Kuwait. Future episodes for this season will revolve around Iraq and Afghanistan. Occasional reminders of my time in Kuwait when and as it seems relevant and or pertinent to the conversation.

  • Season-2 Episode-16

    July 7th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 49 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, among other items of discussion, I talk about private security contracts around the globe.

  • Season-2 Episode-15

    June 30th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 10 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, among other things, I discuss what motivates a person to leave their happy life and work in a foreign country as a private security contractor.

  • Season-2 Episode-14

    June 23rd, 2022  |  Season 2  |  35 mins
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk about the differences between instruction and training; to some extent, the drive and motivation it takes to make it; giving others a chance -- if they deserve it; and why military veterans and LEO veterans are sought for high-risk, high-threat security.

  • Season-2 Episode-13

    June 16th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 14 secs
    leo, mercenaries, military, pmc, psc, veteran

    In this episode, I talk about the legendary and mythical status heaped upon the PSC industry; the levels of instruction and training; and the plethora of smack talkers and talk the talkers.