Richard Carvath has a military background – albeit an unconventional one for a British citizen. In Western countries today, very few people conceive of the soldiering trade as anything other than those armed forces which are established and maintained by the State. So, here in the UK, we think of His Majesty’s armed forces – the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. But around the world there are many more soldiers than those employed by nation-states. There exists a whole world of militias, private military contractors and companies; this is the context in which Richard has operated.