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Undated:  Academi is an American private military company founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince[2][3] as Blackwater,[4] renamed as Xe Services in 2009 and now known as Academi since 2011 after the company was acquired by a group of private investors.[5] The company received widespread notoriety in 2007, when a group of its employees were convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad for which four guards were convicted in a U.S. court.[6][7]

Academi provides security services to the United States federal government on a contractual basis. Since 2003, the group has provided services to the Central Intelligence Agency. In 2013, Academi subsidiary International Development Solutions received an approximately $92 million contract for State Department security guards.[8]

In 2014, Academi became a division of Constellis Holdings along with Triple Canopy and other security companies that were part of the Constellis Group as the result of an acquisition.[9][10]

-- 2017 --

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April 3: Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

-- 2018 --

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March 7: Mueller evidence shows Blackwater founder held meeting to create Trump-Russia back channel

April 4: Inside Erik Prince's Return To Power: Trump, Bolton And The Privatization Of War

May 19: Report Suggests Blackwater Founder Erik Prince May Have Lied to Congress

He told Congress he didn’t meet with the Trump campaign. A new story says he did.

August 17: Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan

"I know he's frustrated," Blackwater founder Prince said of the president. "He gave the Pentagon what they wanted. And they haven't delivered."

December 20: Mattis is out, and Blackwater is back: ‘We are coming’

December 24: Trump, Blackwater, and private war

A military drawdown in Syria and Afghanistan is good for America's enemies – and contractors.

December 26: ‘We are coming’: Chilling Blackwater ad triggers fears of Trump seeking to privatize Mideast wars

-- 2019 --

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January 7: Blackwater founder Erik Prince says Mueller asked about meeting Russian Putin pal in Seychelles: 'You probably would rather go to a proctology exam'

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