As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.
Avoid litigation when you can. When you can't -- win. Is it worth it? Or, more importantly, when does it make sense to fight it out in court, and when should you do everything possible to avoid it?
When government contractors hire former directors of intelligence and defense-related government agencies, they are banking on coincidences of interest between their hires and their hires' former (government) employers.
If you want to really know what makes Blackwater tick, from private armies to no accountability, right-wing connections and no-bid contracts, here is a short film Robert Greenwald put together.