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British Army must rely on private contractors

Defence cuts mean British military commanders will have to rely on private security firms to carry out future operations, a retired general has said. Major General Graham Binns said the Ministry of Defence appears more “reticent” about using armed contractors … Continue reading

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The New Revolution in Military Affairs: Private Sector Warfare

The New Revolution in Military Affairs: Private Sector Warfare After giving a talk at Johns Hopkins University to the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies back in 2005, former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was asked by … Continue reading

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Swiss government proposes ban on mercenary firms, tighter rules for private security companies

Switzerland wants to banish mercenary firms and tighten the rules for private security companies based in the country in a bid to safeguard its tradition of neutrality, the government said Wednesday.A draft bill submitted to parliament would ban Swiss-based companies … Continue reading

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‘Blackwater’ video game

There’s no blood, the enemies are fictional and civilians can’t be killed. With no moral dilemmas in “Blackwater,” it’s simply a matter of shoot — or be shot. “It’s a game,” said Erik Prince, the company’s founder. “This is not … Continue reading

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Private military and security firms

The Guardian has a great report describing the inflation and influence of private military and security firms in the decade since 9/11.

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Wartime contracts have wasted billions

Writing in the Washington Post, Christopher Shays, a former Republican congressman from Connecticut, and Michael Thibault, a former deputy director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, co-chaired the bipartisan federal ‘Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan’. Their findings … Continue reading

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US wastes $34 billion in Afghan and Iraqi contracting

An unfinished report from the bipartisan congressional committee, ‘The Commission on Wartime Contracting’, reports on a vast amount of wastage here , with evidence that US aid ends up in the hands of the Taliban here.

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US blocks oversight of mercenary army in Iraq

In 2012, the US State Department will hire 5,500 private security contractors to protect its staff and embassy facilities in Iraq, as the military prepares to withdraw. Yet Stuart Rowen, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGR) will not … Continue reading

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Private Security Industry Booming

The post-9/11 boom in private military and security companies (PMSCs) is mirrored in a surge in all types of private security companies, where some 20 million armed personnel are deployed worldwide, twice the number of police officers according to the … Continue reading

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Counter-Narcotics Contractors to Receive More Oversight

U.S. contractors with almost $2 billion worth of counter-narcotics business in Afghanistan will get more scrutiny than they faced for work completed in Latin America over the past decade, government officials said. DynCorp International, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ITT and ARINC, which … Continue reading

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