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— The Theory of Shock and Awe: Anarchism and Terrorism Taken to the Extreme. November 19, 2015: @WordPress
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Top-ten academic books:
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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:
– Pentagon acknowledges over 5,500 contractor presence in Syria for the first time. By Jack Detsch, AL-Monitor April 13, 2018: TEXT | PICTURE
– Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Group Ltd had access to secret MoD information. The Guardin, March 29, 2018: TEXT | PICTURE
– Q&A on Cambridge Analytica: The allegations so far, explained. By Georgina Lee, Channel 4 News, March 26, 2018: TEXT | VIDEOS
–Security Contractors in the Middle East: First the Americans[?] and Now the Russians. By Thomas Bruneau and Daniel G. Straub, The National Interest, March 25, 2018: TEXT | PICTURE
– Cambridge Analytica links to Erik Prince, Blackwater founder. Washington Times, March 21, 2018: TEXT | PICTURE
– China’s Private Army: Protecting the New Silk Road. How will Beijing provide security for Chinese personnel and infrastructure along the Belt and Road?. By Alessandro Arduino, The Diplomat, March 20, 2018: TEXT | PICTURE
MAGAZINE ARTICLES:
– Inside Erik Prince's Return To Power: Trump, Bolton And The Privatization Of War. By Noah Kirsch, Forbes, April 30, 2018: TEXT | PICTURES
– ‘Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies. The New Yorker, November 6, 2017: TEXT
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
Selected conferences & events
· Remembrance day: A day in honor of our fallen heroes! 11 November 2017: MORE >>
· Security & Counter Terror Expo 2018 (SCTX 2018): London (UK), March 6-7, 2018: MORE>>
· Underwater Defence & Security 2018: Portsmouth (UK), March 20-22, 2018: MORE>>
· 17th Annual Security Conference. Securing the interconnected world: Las Vegas, NV (USA), March 26-28, 2018: MORE>>
· SECUREX South Africa 2018: Johannesburg (South Africa), May 22-24, 2018: MORE>>
· MAST (Maritime/Air Systems & Technologies) Indo-Asia 2018: New Delhi (India), November 28-30, 2018: MORE>>
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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.
Recent additions to APFs:
read about our enterprise TERRORISM > MIDDLE EAST
AL-RAWDAH MOSQUE ATTACK: How the deadly Egypt mosque attack that killed at least 235 people unfolded. Business Insider, November 24, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP | Egypt mosque attack: Military 'launches air strikes' after at least 235 worshippers killed in Sinai massacre. Hours after the attack, The Telegraph, November 24, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | VIDEO | MAPS
read about our enterprise MILITARY COUPS
Robert Mugabe's grip on Zimbabwe ebbing away after military takes control. The Guardian, November 15, 2017: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP | Zimbabwe latest: What we know so far. BBC News, November 15, 2017: MULTIMEDIA
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, language tools, charity and campaigns, discussion forums, and adventure. These are resources aimed at researchers and contractors heading to (post-) conflict zones. More >>
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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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