Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater Worldwide, has a plan for how to remake the Pentagon and fight wars, small and large, cheaper and more efficiently—and many people in Washington think he’s right.

Erik Prince

In a series of phone and in-person conversations, the famous security contractor and I discuss his plan for reforming the Pentagon in my first Newsweek story. This article took months to accomplish and involved convincing Mr. Prince that I was trustworthy and wanted only to write a thoughtful and objective story.