Al Clark (Blackwater)

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Al Clark, along with Erik Prince, was the founder of the private security firm Blackwater.

Clark and Prince created Blackwater in 1997 as a business for assuming some of the roles once played by the public sector military, most notably providing security for American and British officials in the Iraq war.

As a Navy SEAL firearms instructor, Clark grew dissatisfied with the fact that the Navy did not own firing ranges, and instead had to borrow time on Marine or Army ranges or rent facilities that were highly inadequate for serving the Navy’s needs. With the idea of creating a “one-stop shopping” private training facility, Clark’s concept simply lacked the financial backing, until he realized that one of his SEAL trainees (Erik Prince) was a man with similar ideas but far greater financial resources.

He found a similar opportunity at Strategic Tactical Services where a wealthy investor backed Clark's idea which was lost with his departure from Blackwater. He was co-founder at STS. In 2006 Clark started his own company, Clark Consulting based out of Virginia Beach. Clark Consulting LLC. is an SDVO small business. Clark Consulting LLC. specializes in training and support services for personnel operating in high-risk environments. Clark was solicited by the U.S. Navy Center for Security Forces and the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command to consult on training programs. The consultation turned into a 7-year project led by Al Clark and Clark Consulting LLC. The project titled "Combat Shooting Training Program Analysis" chartered by NECC gave Clark a clean slate and asked that he build them a combat shooting program that could eventually sustain itself to increase the NECC forces combat shooting proficiency and readiness. The shooting program would eventually be titled "ESAMI" Expeditionary Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor. Clark Consulting LLC. trained close to 1,000 NECC forces over this time. Clark Consulting LLC. has been a very successful government contractor. Clark Consulting LLC. is an approved GSA vendor and also has subsidiaries, Clark Shooting Solutions and Clark Target Systems.

Aside from Clark Consulting LLC's government contracts, Clark and the newest indoor training facility in Virginia Beach, Colonial Shooting Academy have partnered to launch a new training element called "COLONIAL TACTICAL". COLONIAL TACTICAL specializes in Dynamic Shooting and Training. COLONIAL TACTICAL offers open enrollment courses to the public. COLONIAL TACTICAL still in its infancy has already proven to be a success. Mr. Clark's involvement throughout the years seems to be the common denominator of success.

Clark died on May 23, 2015, due to health complications.

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