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— Homo Iratus: The dawn and dusk of the Anglo-American liberal project? June 3, 2017: @WordPress
— The Theory of Shock and Awe: Anarchism and Terrorism Taken to the Extreme. November 19, 2015: @WordPress
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The Markets for Force. Privatization of Security Across World Regions. Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn (eds), Penn Press, February 2015. About the book | Table of contents | About the authors
The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies. By James Pattison, Oxford University Press, August 2014.
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. By Erik Prince, Portfolio Hardcover, November 2013.
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, March 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.
Halliburton's Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War. By Pratap Chatterjee, Nation Books, 2009.
Executive Outcomes. Against all Odds. By Eeben Barlow, Galago, 2007. About the book | About Barlow and EO
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:
– The Next Military-Industrial Complex, Part I: Riding Venture Capital's Coattails. By Philip D. O'Neil Jr., War on the Rocks, November 9, 2017: TEXT
– Did the Maersk cyber attack reveal an industry dangerously unprepared? By Joe Baker, Ship Technology, November 8, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE
– Satellite operators working to attract military business. By Sandra Erwin, Space News, November 7, 2017: TEXT
– ‘Stealth privatization’ increases risk of torture. Stars and Stripes, October 11, 2017: TEXT
– Blackwater founder Erik Prince eyes opportunities with China via Frontier Services Group, Financial Times, April 10, 2017: TEXT | PICTURE
– Quadrennial Defense Review Dead in 2017 Defense Policy Bill.. By Joe Gould, Defense News April 25, 2016: TEXT:
– Private Prisons Lock Up Thousands Of Americans With Almost No Oversight. By Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Time, November 8, 2017: TEXT
– ‘Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies. The New Yorker, November 6, 2017: TEXT

– (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

– (U.S.) Quadrennial Defense Reviews 2014. Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014: PDF | 2014 QDR Fact Sheet (PDF)
– 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:
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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
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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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