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Expert Directory / List of Private Military Companies (PMCs) and Services, Private Security Companies ( PSCs), Risk Assessment & Management Firms, as well as Defense Contractors & Corporations and Outsourcing Conglomerates in adjacent business areas. Please browse our directors for smart security solutions in specialized areas such as Cyber Security, Field Language Services, K-9 Support, Maritime Security, Transport & Logistics, and UXO Disposal. More >>
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Books: Hot off the press recent titles and memoirs, as well as essential reading, earlier bibliography, classics, and our Top 10 covering the evolution of PMCs/PSCs and the privatization of security. More >>

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Private Military and Security Companies and States: Force Divided. By Christopher Spearin, Palgrave Macmillan, August 3, 2017.
The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (Routledge Handbooks). Edited by Joakim Berndtsson and Christopher Kinsey. Routledge. 2016.
The Markets for Force. Privatization of Security Across World Regions. Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn (eds), Penn Press, 2015. About the book | Table of contents | About the authors
The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order. By Sean McFate, Oxford University Press, 2015.
The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies. By James Pattison, Oxford University Press, 2014.
Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness. By Molly Dunigan, Stanford Security Studies, 2011.
Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues. By Carlos Ortiz, Praeger, 2010. About the book I Table of contents | flyer | Kindle edition | PMCs and private security cast anew: MORE>> Private Armed Forces book cover
States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security. By Elke Krahmann, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Private Security Contractors and New Wars: Risk, Law, and Ethics. By Kateri Carmola, Routledge, 2010.
Private Military and Security Companies. Chances, Problems, Pitfalls and Prospects. Edited by J. Thomas, and K. Gerhard. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2007. About the book | Chapter outline
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In the spotlight:
– Scenarios for the Future of Peace Operations. By Jaïr van der Lijn, IPI Global Observatory, Reprinted by ReliefWeb, May 12, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
– The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan? Tell That to the Contractors. American firms capitalize on the withdrawal, moving in with hundreds of new jobs. By Lynzy Billing, Intelligencer, May 12, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
– SADC facing limited legal options for military action in Cabo Delgado. By Marko Svicevic & Timothy Walker, Daily Maverick, April 22, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
– UN findings on PMCs in Africa “a bit rich”, analyst says . DefenceWeb, April 21, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO
– G4S agrees to £3.8bn takeover by US rival Allied Universal. By Joanna Partridge, The Guardian, December 8, 2020: TEXT | PHOTO
MAGAZINE ARTICLES:
– Private U.S. Contractors Part of the ‘Kill Chain’ in East Africa Anti-Terrorist Operations. OCCRP, August 14, 2020: MULTIMEDIA:
– Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries The Wagner Group Offer Humanitarian Aid to Clean Image. Foreign Policy. July 22, 2020: TEXT | PICTURE
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS:

– (U.S.) DOD. Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy of The United States of America. Sharpening the American Military’s Competitive Edge: PDF

– (UK) National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom. London, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, November 2015 (Cm 9161): PDF | Launch page: HTML
INDUSTRY DOCUMENTS:
– Statement on attack in Orlando, Florida. G4S, June 12, 2016: TEXT
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Adverse Private Forces
A dichotomy in the private realm has emerged whereby PMCs/PSCs legitimately collaborate with state forces and multilateral actors. These 'security partnerships'(*) deter and counteract the predatory advances of Adverse Private Forces or APFs such as International Terrorist Organizations, Rebels and Insurgents, Pirates, Mafias, and Drug Trafficking Organizations. More >>
 
(*) Based on argument put forward in Private Armed Forces and Global Security.
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Mali's President resigns after he was arrested in a military coup. CNN, August 19, 2020: TEXT | PICTURES | Mali Military Coup: Why the World Is Watching, New York Times, August 19, 2020: TEXT | PICTURE
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > NORTH AMERICA
HUDSON RIVER TRUCK ATTACK: Note found near truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS, CNN, November 6, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAPS | Suspect Sayfullo Saipov in New York truck attack pleads not guilty to murder and terrorism charges. PBS, November 28, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE | DRAWING
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > AFRICA
SOMALIA K5 JUNCTION TRUCK BOMB ATTACK: Somalia Truck Bombing Kills Over 300. Voice of America, October 16, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | AUDIO | Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack. The Guardian, October 16, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > EUROPE
GERMANY: Inquiry accuses German police of 'sloppiness' in Anis Amri case, who drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market. Deutsche Welle, October 10, 2017: MULTIMEDIA
BARCELONA ATTACK : Barcelona attack: police officers at scene after suspect shot dead – video. The Guardian, August 21, 2017: VIDEO | Who are the Barcelona suspects? BBC News, August 22, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | Lo que se sabe del atentado en Barcelona y Cambrils. El Pais, Agosto 23, 2017: TEXTO | FOTOS
FRANCE: French police arrest suspect after car ploughs into soldiers patrolling Paris. France 24, August 10, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE
LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK: Within eight minutes suspects were dead: timeline of the London Bridge attack. The Guardian, June 4, 2017: MULTIMEDIA | 'It was a rampage': witnesses describe horror of London terrorist attacks. The Guardian, June 4, 2017: MULTIMEDIA | Who were the attackers? BBC News, June 7, 2017: MULTIMEDIA:
 
 
 
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Focusing on military & security issues, military terms & acronyms, maps and satellite imagery, i.e. resources for scholars or contractors heading to (post-) conflict zones. More >>

New mercenaries? List of Military Units of foreign or international constitution as well as forms of civilian security. More >>

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Stand4Heroes: Take action to help our injured heroes and families -USA.
SaBRE (now Defence Relationship Management) Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers -UK.
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Organizations
Directory / List of International Organizations, Regional Organizations, NGOs, as well as security and development institutions within the United Nations. These multilateral entities deal regularly with private security issues. Find also a selection of development Institutions, governmental departments, maritime organizations, security industry associations, think-tanks, university projects, and news agencies. More >>
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