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Year In Review: 2016 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

It is that time again where I like to go back over the prior year and highlight where the blog is at, and talk about some of the interesting data that came out of Google Analytics.

Overall my traffic on the blog was less than it was for 2015. This is understandable because I have taken most of my interaction with the readership over to Facebook. That, and I am doing a lot of contracting overseas still.

The way I have been using the blog now is to write about stuff that is unique that is not being talked about out there. Typically I find myself seeking stories and sharing them on all of my social media spots, and not really creating any new content. I get fast feedback at my Facebook profile and can quickly comment and interact with the readership. This is important to me if I want good intuition/Fingerspitzejngefühl/coup d’oeil on this industry. It is how I stay ‘oriented‘.

On a technical note, I have a Facebook profile and a Facebook page. The page actually has analytics for it, but I am not active on it at all. I do most of my activity on the Feral Jundi profile page. Hopefully Facebook will create a profile analytics tool that is built in so I don’t have to hunt around for a tool. There is stuff out there, but nothing I am interested in yet. So most of my analytics will come from Google Analytics. So lets begin.

My overall stats for the blog for 2016 is 83,436 visits and 109,102 page views. That brings my total life time visits to 1,733,575 and page view total at 2,610,379 (January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2016). My first post for the blog was on January 22, 2008! It seems like yesterday that I was just firing this thing up and digging into all of the particulars of the industry.

The health of the website is alright. This is the second theme that I have used, and I continue to use Bluehost as my host and WordPress as my blogging platform. Over the years, quite a few links of websites have expired and I have had to remove them. Or images have expired, so I had to remove traces of that in order for the posts to work well and look appealing. But all in all, the site is doing pretty well considering it’s age. I would like to find a new theme, but nothing has really jumped out at me. If folks have any suggestions, let me know.

Now for some data. Here are the top countries that have visited the blog last year. One change is that more Russians are visiting. I have been writing about Russian contractors here and at FB, so that is a factor.

The next graphic is devices. No surprises there, but it does emphasize how information is consumed. Mobile devices do matter. Guys and gals read this stuff while sitting at a doctor’s office or at the bus station or wherever. So it pays to have a website that is friendly for those devices.

As for how folks find Feral Jundi, here are the top channels or paths. Organic search means they found me through a search engine like Google.

Under that Social portion, I wanted to highlight where folks are coming from in that world. No surprises there, and this is why I use Facebook. I do attempt to create some activity on Twitter and Linkedin, but really, the action is at FB. I also fired up an Instagram account last year, but I really wasn’t that active. I might try to post more photos there, but that kind of thing really doesn’t interest me.

Now into the content world. What were the top posts of the website? I did not do a lot of posting last year and it seems like my older posts have dominated. The Job Tips article has been very popular over the years. The only post this last year that registered in the top ten was the War Dogs movie post. People probably wanted to look up the company called AEY Inc to see what I had to say about the company after watching the movie.

As for Social Media referrals, as you can see Facebook is the winner. Google Images is another good one because I will make a poster or set up a graphic for a post, and it will pop up in Google Images. Folks will click on that and find the blog that way.

One interesting side note is that Feral Jundi is actually getting referenced in Wikipedia. I do not have a Wikipedia page for the site, but folks are using FJ as a source or reference. One advantage of running this blog for so long is that my content has not disappeared or shifted. I am hoping that links to posts on this blog remain healthy and informative to any future readers and researchers. Like I mentioned above, if you see anything that needs correcting let me know.

Some other data that I will just write about is demographics. My readers were mostly male, but females were very much represented. I am still not sure how Google is able to ascertain that?

For age groups, the top readers were millennials. That makes sense because they are young, more active on the internet, and looking for work (hence why Job Tips is so popular). Also veterans in their late twenties or early thirties that are getting out of the military are looking for work and seeking answers to questions about this industry.

I do get a lot of emails still, and it is a pleasure to help out where I can. Emails come from all over the world and I am always intrigued by what pops up in the mail box. Unfortunately I am not able to easily access those emails while I am away on contracts, but I do eventually get to them.

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Year In Review: 2015 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

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Well, it is good to be back home from my contract and diving back into the blogging game again.

I wanted to knock out my annual report for Feral Jundi and make sure that it is on the record. The numbers are smaller this year, and with work, my blogging has decreased. But I still have some good data to share.

My overall stats for the blog for 2015 is 100,621 visits and 137,639 page views. That brings my total life time visits to 1,650,139 and page view total at 2,501,277 (January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2015). My first post for the blog was on January 22, 2008.

So it has been eight years of blogging and getting the word out. I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished with the site and I plan on continuing the effort. I am still very passionate about the profession and communicating to the masses out there about what it is we do and where this industry is going.

With that said, lets check out some of the statistics from last year. The 2014 review, I focused on total lifetime stats, and this time I will focus specifically on 2015.

For demographics in 2015, here you go:

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The trend is obvious, and I found this out last year. Millennials make up a big part of my readership and a good proportion of men and women read the blog. I see the trend at Facebook as well, and I am seeing interest in the industry from all quarters.

This last year was the first time the military opened up the combat arms field to females. This is huge and will have impact on this industry. Most of the jobs require a combat arms background, and as more women obtain that kind of experience, they will be competitive.

So will we see more women working in this field? I have yet to see it on contracts, but I know there are women out there working security contracts overseas. They are definitely working in the non-combat arms type contract jobs but they are few and far between for the gun jobs. Time will tell and I will keep my eye out for it.

The top ten countries that have visited the site, and in this order are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, France, South Africa, Turkey, and Iraq. Some other mentions would be Afghanistan, UAE, India, Kenya and Russia. I did a few posts that involved some of these countries, and specifically Russia, and it is cool to see more interest from those areas.

I am getting a lot of new visitors still, thanks to good SEO. I am at 85,763 new visitors to 14,858 old visitors in 2015. The average page session is 1.37 pages per visit, with a about a minute on site. Which happens when I am not able to blog as much and there is not as much new content to consume.

As for the software side of things, most folks are visiting using Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers. For hardware, 57,538 visitors used their desktop to visit, 34,318 used their mobile phone and 8,765 used a tablet. So having a web site optimized for all three is pretty important. I use WPtouch Pro as a plugin to optimize the site for mobile and tablet. iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy products are the top devices.

Now onto content. For 2015, my top post was Job Tips: How To Get Into Security Contracting Without a Military Or Police Background but for posts that were written in 2015, my Industry Talk: GardaWorld Buys Aegis Group For Expansion Into Africa and ME was tops. News like this and the Olive Group and Constellis Group merger were of big interest because of how that stuff impacts the job. With the contraction of the industry and the winding down of the wars, companies are having to resort to mergers and partnerships to survive. I have only commented about the security contracting related companies out there that have merged, but overall, we are seeing the same thing in other areas of defense.

The readership out there is still hungry for job news and I continue to get interest via emails from all over the world on how to get into this industry. That Job Tips post is pretty old, but still doing it’s thing.

The second best post was Leadership: The Proud Prussian Tradition of ‘Disobedience’. This last year, I have been completely absorbed with all things Mission Command and EBFAS. These are some ideas and concepts that are applicable to this industry and I would love to see them catch on. So writing posts about the Prussians and their influence on war fighting and leadership is helpful to bigger conversation.

Leadership has been a passion of mine at this blog, and I am constantly focused on trying to find the good stuff that will help companies and my fellow contractors develop their process and cultures.

The Russian contractor stuff and the UAE Australian chief post were big hits as well. Former members of the Slavonic Corps, went on to form PMC Wagner in Syria, and they took casualties last year as well.

Still, my favorite post last year was about STTEP in Nigeria. I think this was a huge deal and they had a major impact on the war, all the way up until they had to leave because of new leadership in Nigeria.

On the legal front, there were the Raven 23 guys or Blackwater Nisur Square folks that were imprisoned after a long and drawn out legal battle. Their families and friends are still fighting for appeals.

We also have the Seaman Guard Ohio contractors that have been imprisoned in India who are fighting an intense legal battle there. I was hoping they would be freed before Christmas, but that did not happen. Instead they were sentenced to 5 years hard labor! Horrible news….

And finally, the top Call to Action was the Support The Glen Anthony Doherty Overseas Security Personnel Fairness Act. What happened in Benghazi was a tragedy and there is much to learn from that incident.

As for ISIS and Al Qaeda, the effort is still ongoing. AQ has made big gains in Yemen, and ISIS has been making big moves in Libya and holding the territory they got. Boko Haram was extremely active and dangerous last year and Al Shabab is still active in Somalia. So the jihadist front is not diminished at all. I suspect we will see more of the same this year, to include Paris-like attacks and more territory gains by jihadist groups.

We are also seeing more contractor involvement in places like Iraq. As the troops surge in, so do the contractors.

Afghanistan is not looking good. The Taliban have taken back quite a few districts last year, so they are taking territory like nobody’s business. I suspect you will see them continue to press the fight this spring and summer and gain even more territory. The Afghans are lacking in so many areas, to include an inability to pay salaries because of corruption, that I just do not see things getting better.

On a cool note, we have seen an interesting cultural shift of sorts. The presentation of security contractors as ‘heroes’ in a major motion picture film! I am talking about the 13 Hours film, directed by Michael Bay. It did pretty good considering the topic. This is an election year and the movie brings attention to an incident that happened under the watch of one of the candidates. Politics tends to bleed over into the entertainment world and their view of things–especially in reviews of movies that could help or hurt their favorite candidate. There is that, plus security contractors have never been viewed as hero subjects in movies–because of the politics of the subject. Although I do not think the film was intentionally political and it is a great supplement to the book if folks want to learn more about the incident.

Predictions for this new year? More of the same as last year. I think work will still be there for folks if they want it, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contractors will be pretty important because of the limited military presence in those countries and because of the support these military and various aid/investment groups will need. I also see more mergers and consolidations happening within the industry.

Personally, I will continue to blog as much as I can and you can also find me hanging out over at Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I have been very active at FB when I can and FB is still my goto place for getting a good feel for what is going on out there. Here is to another year of contracting! –Matt

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Year In Review: 2014 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

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My overall stats for the blog is 1,549,518 visits and 2,363,638 page views between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014. (My first post was on the 22nd of January, 2008)

Now for some demographics for the overall life of the blog. Most of my visitors are younger. The top group is the 25-34 year old range with the second group being 18-24 and third being the 35-44 year old range. So my readership group is mostly Millennials and that would fit in line with today’s veteran age group. It also makes sense that this group would find their way to this blog because for research on job stuff, this site would come up and the younger crew seems to be more apt to check out blogs for information.

Now here is a shocker. The break down in gender is 45.85 % of my readers are women and 54.15% are men. I had no idea that so many women were interested in this niche. Especially since there are so few women in this industry working as armed security contractors overseas. In other fields you see women contractors, but even there it is few and far between. My thoughts on this statistic is that contractors have wives and girlfriends who are hungry for knowledge about what their loved ones do for a living. Or if someone dies and I post it, you will have that interest as well. Then of course there are the female analysts, reporters, academics and gamers that visit the site for research purposes.

The top ten countries that have visited the site, and in order are the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, South Africa, India, Italy, and the Netherlands. And really, those nationalities are the ones I have the most interaction with on Facebook. No surprises there.

As for technology, this is interesting as well. Most visitors came to my site via desktop (1,350,816). But the amount of folks coming here via smart phone (148,722) or tablet (46,746) has dramatically increased. It was a good move to focus on making the site mobile and tablet friendly. Although I still need to improve in that area.

The top mobile devices are the Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad. The Samsung Galaxy products get a mention, but don’t even come close to the Apple products. On a side note, most of my work on the blog was done using a Mac. I have been very pleased with their performance.

Now for content. My all time best post for the life of the blog has been the classic ‘how to get into security contracting without a police or military background’. 41,259 people have checked that one out and that says a lot about the focus of my readership. They are young and looking for employment in a unique job field. The second best post of all time is my entry about Ross Perot’s rescue of EDS employees.

The all time best post for the most amount of page views in one day happened in 2014 on February 16 (5,547 page views!). It was my post on Contractor Weapons and it blew up the internet. lol I think what happened there is that Facebook has been a great tool for sharing information and unique things, and when I shared that post, a lot of my readership on FB really liked it and passed it around. Weapons are always popular, and contractor weapons are a unique area that hasn’t been covered much.

The second best post for one day was my General Balck On Eating With Your Troops entry last year in January 2 (4,240 page views). Balck was a favorite of Col. John Boyd and it is fun to dig into the things Balck did that made him successful. The strategists/theorists out there love digging into these types of deals, and especially if it is somewhat related to Boyd.

The post highlights of 2014 are interesting. ISIS made a big splash this year and Ebola was a big scare. We saw more consolidation in the industry with mergers and acquisitions.

The Slavonic Corps was an interesting post about a bungled Russian PMSC contract in Syria. It was a poorly planned and executed contract, and it is surprising to me that more of those guys did not get killed as they tried to escape their battlefield.

The APPF was disbanded last year…..finally. What a joke. On the up side, I posted about guard contracts popping over there. They are low paying, but it is work for those that want it.

I talked about an interesting deal with the Flying Tigers memorial in China. I believe it would be the largest memorial to a PMSC in the history of contracting. I imagine we will see some former members of the company at the ceremony when they open it up.

The biggest company news last year was Academi (formerly Blackwater, Xe) and Triple Canopy merging under Constellis Holdings. There are other companies in this family, and the total size of this group of companies is 6,000 plus folks! This merger is interesting because TC took over Blackwater’s WPS stuff when they left Iraq back in the day. Now Academi has a connection in Iraq again.

Finally, the other news last year that grabbed my attention was the A 10 versus the F 35 debate. That the Air Force wants to get rid of the A 10 and use the F 35 as a replacement. The problem there is that the F 35 doesn’t even compare to the capabilities of the A 10 for Close Air Support. Plus the F 35 is way too expensive.

This last year I was very busy with my personal contracts, and so my post count was pretty low. I am also spending more time on Facebook because it is faster and easier to share stories/ideas and interact with my readership. The blog has become more of a tool of sharing unique items when time permits.

Probably the most important stuff that I have shared on Facebook was EBFAS. Chet Richards is the one that turned me on to this acronym (which stands for Einheit, Behendigkeit, Fingerspitzengefuhl, Auftragstaktik, Schwerpunkt) and these are crucial elements Boyd and company identified for the ultimate company or military culture. My studies on Mission Command have all pointed in the direction of what EBFAS stands for, and on Facebook I created an album that covers it. I highly suggest checking it out and I am constantly hash-tagging it in other posts.

Leadership is still a big focus of the blog and I am constantly looking for what works and doesn’t work for PMSC organization and command. What is required is a hybrid of military and private company lessons, and I am using it all to ‘build a snowmobile’. Undoubtedly though, there are some basic concepts of leadership that are tried and true, and I try to get those up on the Jundism page when I stumble on these truths.

My thoughts on the industry is that we are definitely heading in the right direction. Maritime Security has been hugely successful in combating piracy.  There is some consolidation going on in the industry with the draw down of the wars, but today’s threats are still there and growing. I predict contractors will still be in demand in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with Daesh/ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda growing and looking more like armies as opposed to terrorists, I believe contractors will continue to be busy.

For training and weapons, I suggest companies focus on leadership for their contracts and add new training based on current threats. Daesh, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda are all gaining combat experience and tactical know-how in places like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Nigeria. As security contractors, it is absolutely vital to the success of the contract and safety of your client that we stay one step ahead of these enemies. We need to be focused on the defense, both for static security and mobile operations. Countering complex assaults and active shooter attacks will be key. Studying TTP’s of the enemy on youtube or through open source stories is key (like armored VBIED’s,  tunnel bombs, or complex assaults). Know your enemy, know yourself as Sun Tzu would say, and be prepared. –Matt

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Year In Review: 2013 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

My overall stats for the blog is 1,399,149 visits with 1,084,375 unique visitors and 2,160,681 page views between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013. (My first post was on the 22nd of January, 2008)

On August 7, 2013, I had a record post with 2,214 visits! That is a record for the blog and the topic that day was the advent of Assad passing a decree legalizing private security in his country. The reason why is because Syria is involved with an all out civil war and manpower is at a premium, and for both sides of the conflict. Foreign fighters are streaming into that country, and working for both sides as well.

One comment about this year’s stats is that I have not posted as much as I would have liked to. I have been extremely busy with contracts this year and I was only able to blog about half of the year. With that said, for a one man show Feral Jundi did quite nicely this year considering the circumstances.

The hardware used to read this blog is interesting. Smart phones and tablets are making a strong showing, and I noticed this trend big time last year. So this last year I invested in some good mobile platform software. Brave New Code makes a mobile app product called WPTouch Pro, and this year I upgraded to the Pro 3 package. I am happy with the way it looks and happy with the price. It also makes it easy to read this stuff on the tiny screens of smart phones.

Demographics is a new one for these ‘Year in Review’ posts. Below I posted two graphics that showed the age and sex of the readership here. It is surprising to me that I had so many women reading this blog. It is also cool to know that my top age groups are the 25-34 year old range, with the 18-24 year old group being a close second. For those companies reading this, be forewarned–I am reaching an audience that will be your employees/contractors in the future. If I have my way, they will be the most innovative, hard working and kick ass leaders this industry has ever seen. lol

As for advertising and revenue, I am mostly focused on Amazon sales. That is really convenient for me and I can put the ads on mobile. Chitika is not that great and I don’t think I will be using it anymore. I am still doing ads in the Ad Center and the pricing has not changed. Of course the primary reason for these efforts are to cover the cost of the blog and hosting.

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Year In Review: 2012 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

My overall stats for the blog is 1,174,476 visits with 901,456 unique visitors and 1,832,601 page views between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2012. (My first post was on the 22nd of January, 2008)

The statistics for this year alone are 379,064 visits with 642,625 page views. My mobile traffic really jumped up this year to 62,642 visits. (last year was 24,792) The top mobile devices used to peruse this site were Apple products like the iPhone or iPad. For Android based mobile devices, the Motorola based platforms seem to be popular.
I am very pleased with the progress of the blog and the process that I have gone through over the years. This is pure Kaizen and it is fun to see how the site and my writing style has evolved over the years.

Now for some of the highlights of the year. 2012 was a year where the wars began to draw down and contractors/companies have had to adjust. With that said, work has been steady and for the transition in the war zones, contractors have been essential. From training, to maintaining the toys that we have given Iraq and Afghanistan, to protecting folks who still have an interest in those countries–business is steady.

As for solid numbers, the last USCENTCOM AOR Contractor Support report listed 137,407 contractors. In Iraq, there was an increase in contractor use (WPS and support), and in Afghanistan we saw an increase in the use of US security contractors.

The increase in Iraq is due to the fact that there are no more military units to back up DoS and their missions, so contractors and the host nation have to take up the slack–which they are doing.

In Afghanistan, even with this new APPF force, we are seeing an increase in the use of a specific type of contractor–the US security contractor. The reasoning there is probable the whole green on blue or insider attacks deal, and cost. We are seeing companies like Triple Canopy taking on FOB security, using American contractors.

And speaking of the APPF force, I have been commenting on how pathetic that force is, and especially as the money dries up for Karzai and company. Just watch when they start playing around with salaries or taking from the operational accounts of the APPF? They will also be forcing companies to use this government controlled force, and I just do not have much optimism that it will be effective, or for that matter, survive it’s corrupt leaders.

For the maritime security industry, the big news is the glaring success of armed guards on boats. That, and the push towards an ISO standard for maritime security companies. 2013 will be the year where we will see an ISO being applied, and it will be interesting to watch how it impacts the industry.

Africa has been front and center with many in the industry, and especially as the wars wind down. Erik Prince actually started an investment firm to focus on Africa and that continent has been mentioned by many companies as far as future market planning.

The economic woes this last year really pumped up this industry. With less money going towards police because of a lack of revenue, and especially in the US, local companies and persons have increasingly had to turn to private security for protection. This increase in PMSC use was noted in this report that predicted that security services would reach $63.8 Billion in 2016! So security is a good market to be in.

Not only that, but because of some key incidents highlighting the importance of security–like the attack on a consulate in Libya or the Sandy Hook Massacre in Connecticut— we will see an increase in monies going towards ‘real security’ in schools or increases in security at overseas posts.

For my Building Snowmobiles category, probably my favorite post was either the EFP Quadrotor and or the General Hermann Balck post. Balck was significant because he was an inspiration to Boyd.

Another favorite category of mine is History, and many of my posts last year revolved around privateering. I did one post about Homer Lea and another one about the Apaches that were fun and really interesting to do.

On to my Legal News category, probably the most significant was the ongoing battles to get contractors released from prisons around the world, and the battle against the scam artists who give the industry a bad name. That and the ongoing efforts of the US government to create laws that will fix problems associated with contingency contracting.

For my Leadership category, the stuff written about G4S’s Nick Buckles and the Olympics fallout was the best. It is a profound example of what happens to a company when they do not care about good leadership out in the field. I also reviewed the impact of bad bosses and toxic leaders on organizations. There was also mention of those folks who are teaching and promoting good leadership–like Don Vandergriff’s Adaptive Leader or McChrystal’s Crosslead.

Jundism stayed steady this year with no big changes. Although I continue to see the concepts of Jundism work well when applied. You can also see what happens when the are not applied as you read through my posts in the Leadership section.

My favorite book this last year was the Apache Tactics 1830-86 book. One book I wanted to delve into but never did was the one on Homer Lea. I still want to check out One Ball Four Tracer, and that was a book that came out last year that is still on my long list.

Cool Stuff was another fun category. The Bug-A-Salt gun, used for killing flies was awesome. That and women rocked this year. From the Asgarda– the modern day Amazons in the Ukraine, to Lara Logan and her amazing speech on Afghanistan, women were the ‘cool stuff’ this last year. The entry of private industry into space with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket gets a mention as well. Very cool stuff…

Syria is one country that was front and center in the news. Lots of homemade weaponry, as well as captured weaponry are allowing the opposition to take on the government there. The Assad regime continues to hammer back and that whole thing is a mess. If chemical weapons are used, expect things to get from bad to worse there, with possible involvement of the west. Jihadists are also hijacking the war there, and I expect them to do just like they have done in other Arab Spring infected countries.

Mexico continues to be a problem, and this next year we will see if a new President there with a new strategy will have any impact?

Mali is another place of concern, just because the jihadists last year were able to capture the entire northern part of that country. That is a lot of territory, and the west is still trying to figure out what they will do. Some say a Somalia model will be applied to Mali, as far as intervention is concerned. Meanwhile, the jihadists continue to strengthen their defenses and do their damage.

Gear Review is another category that needs mention. My two favorite pieces of kit right now are the Surefire P2x Fury and the Safariland ALS holster.  Although as you can see below, Google Analytics show that my hearing protection posts and Doug’s review of Palladium Boots is tops.

Well, that is about it for 2012. If anyone has any memorable posts from last year that they liked, feel free to post in the comments section.  I might even make some edits to include stuff that I might of forgotten. –Matt

January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 -379,064 visited this site with 642,625 page views.

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January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 -307,256 people visited this site, with 436,213 page views.

January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 -129,409 people visited this site, with 187,698 page views.

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Year In Review: 2011 Google Analytics Report For Feral Jundi

Boy, 2011 was quite the year. This was the year that Bin Laden was killed and we pulled all troops out of Iraq. So from a war time perspective, there was a lot of movement.

But from a contractor point of view, we had some very interesting developments. The things that stood out for me this year were the formation of Reflex Responses, the outstanding success and massive surge of maritime security contractors to combat piracy, and of course this whole deal with an entire country (Australia) recruiting and going after US and other veterans.

The other big story for security contractors is Iraq. The mission in Iraq for the State Department is highly dependent now on a large armed security contractor force. This is new ground and certainly historical. For 2012, all eyes will be on this mission and we wish everyone involved with that the very best.

Contractors will also play a big part in securing energy. Libya’s Qaddafi fell to this Arab Spring revolt, and security contractors will be a major part of that effort to help secure their oil. The South Sudan is a new country and they will be requiring all sorts of services to help stand up their military and secure energy. Iraq will also be a focus for energy security, and security companies will play a vital role there in protecting those projects.

For Building Snowmobiles, my favorite was the Offense Industry one. I also did a post on the Cyber Lance, and both of those concepts are areas that I will continue to research and draw upon for future posts. Especially Offense Industry, just because there is no one out there delving into this stuff and it is purely a Feral Jundi concept.

The other thing I wanted to comment on was the lack of embarrassing stuff for the industry this year. We did very good and I think the companies are starting to figure out how to play this game. Either that, or it is pure luck. lol But hey, I like to think that everyone is learning from past mistakes and applying Kaizen to their operations.

Even the government is starting to learn how to do this better. I was very enthused to see them switch things up for this Camp Leatherneck contract, and hopefully Best Value continues to be used in future contracts. God knows we have plenty of reports and data on how to do this stuff right, and after ten years of war. lol

For history, my posts on civilian Scouts and their importance during the Civil War and Indian wars were really fun. Of course I was able to dig up more stuff on privateers and I really like the stuff I found on the Flying Tigers. The Pinkertons made a good showing this year as well.

The blog had some technological stumbles this year. I had a major issue with the original blog theme and had to switch to something new with a better platform. As a result, Feral Jundi got a new theme and guts and I like it a lot. I have also received a ton of emails from folks who like the theme, and thanks to everyone for their help in making a better product.

I also set up advertising this year, and that has been a fun. It gives those businesses out there a chance to get some exposure on a site that is very much read by this industry. I also set up my mobile platform for the blog, and I am very happy with that. Since setting that up, I have had 24,792 visits from mobile devices this year. The top devices used were Apple products like iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Android was used as well.

As for 2012, it will be steady as she goes. I think things will remain busy for the industry and we will continue to be called upon to secure many important things to the world markets. Especially the energy markets. From guarding oil tankers from pirates, to guarding oil facilities and those personnel involved, energy will be key. Especially as the world continues to get more chaotic due to revolutions and economic woes.

I will really keep an eye on Iraq, as will everyone else. Afghanistan will be more of the same this year, but I also expect to see more use of contractors as that war winds down. Especially for training or taking over basic base security contracts.

Then there are the casualties in this industry. This last year I have been trying to track deaths, injuries, and POW/MIA contractors. I will ask the readership to continue to help me keep this stuff current. I have dedicated pages up top for this stuff, and I will continue to keep that updated as best as I can. They will not be forgotten and my heart goes out to the friends and families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Finally, I wanted to mention the cartels in Mexico as an area that I will look at and follow closely. That war is pretty intense and right on the US border. So it certainly matters to me, and I will keep my eye out for this industry’s further involvement down there. Good luck to everyone out there and thanks for making Feral Jundi what it is today! –Matt


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