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Private military contractors to remain in Iraq

Despite an immanent US troop drawdown, thousands of private military and security contractors will remain behind, employed by the Department of State. American troops may be leaving Iraq before the end of the year, but U.S. contractors aren’t going anywhere … Continue reading

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The Neoliberal Wars

The links between neoliberal capitalism, the state, and the rise of modern ‘Private Military and Security Contractors’ is investigated here. With the advantage of hindsight we can see that, at least for the U.S. military, the first significant step into … Continue reading

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All US troops set to withdraw from Iraq at the end of the year

All active US troops are scheduled to leave Iraq, as agreed in 2008. The Obama administration had been keen to extend troop presence, but the Iraq government could not guarantee immunity to the soldiers on the ground. This turned out … Continue reading

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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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