— PrivateMIlitary.org went online early in
1999. The website was originally aimed at a highly specialized audience. In
March 2000, the website was re-designed in order to make
it available to the general public.
This version of the website was the first publicly
linked to the PrivateMilitary.org
domain. Although our online and offline resources have expanded considerably since then, the aim sought by PrivateMilitary.org
in 2000 continues to guide the evolution of our enterprise:
the early 1990s, the world has witnessed
the proliferation of Private
Military Companies (PMCs) and Private Security Companies (PSCs),
which are legally established enterprises
that profit from the offering of
military and security-related expertise
that used to be considered the preserve
of the state and satisfied by its military and constabulary forces. PrivateMilitary.org
aims to be a useful and free source
of information for those interested
and participating in the debate about this growing business sector and its implications for global security.
Our audience is diverse, reflecting
the growing interest in security
privatization and military outsourcing
trends: scholars, higher-education
students, professional researchers,
journalists, business organizations
(in the supply and demand sides),
international and non-governmental
organizations, law enforcement personnel,
private security specialists, servicemen,
former servicemen, and military
enthusiasts. People concerned about the deployment of
their loved ones to Afghanistan, Iraq and other fields of battle are also part of our audience. All these communities regularly offer feedback and CONTRIBUTE to our directories. Yes, our vast and ever evolving online footprint intersects social media. Please visit the REACHING US page to see some of the social media websites where we interact with our audience and the general public —feel free to say hello if you come across us in any of those forums!
Indeed, PrivateMIlitary.org could have a cooler website and perhaps engineer an 'instant gratification' platform. However, that would cost and undermine our free and universal access principle. How many of the websites you have visited over the last decade started as free-access and now charge monthly fees? How many websites now profit from selling the information you provided them when creating your 'free access' account? Well, since 1999 we remain a free, not-for-profit and no-sign-in resource and in the process, have helped many people to complete their degree or get a new job !