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last updated 10-Apr-2018
  A sample of articles published by mainstream magazines, newsletters, and online publications focusing on contemporary warfare and security privatization issues. Private Military or Security Companies figure in most of them. Section in need of serious update, our apologies.  
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Africa Confidential. A newsletter has followed on the ups and down in the continent of political, military and social groups, of the great changes in political power, of the roles of armies and armed struggles, and of financial and economic development:

Chronology of Sierra Leone. How diamonds fuelled the conflict:

For information on other conflict and post-conflict arenas where the UN has been deployed visit the IOs page

Air Force Journal of Logistics. This quarterly published journal is the professional logistics publication of the US Air Force. The journal is downloadable for free, so please avoid the numerous services that actually sell its articles (previous link preserved or research purposes:



Bloomberg Businessweek:

Security contractor USIS hacking breach not detected for months (AP news) compromised the private records of at least 25,000 employees at the Homeland Security DepartmenBy Stephen Braun, November 3, 2014: TEXT

US agencies struggle vs. cyberattacks (AP news). A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks. By Martha Mendoza, November 10, 2014: TEXT

The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyberwarriors' by 2016. As of January, CyberCorps, or Scholarship for Service, had produced 1,554 graduates, with 463 more currently in school. By Dune Lawrence April 15, 2014: TEXT

More information about CyberCorps at the SPECIALIZED RECRUITMENT page

Republican Security Advisers Tied to $40 Billion in Contracts. By Roxana Tiron, December 23, 2011: click here

The Other U.S. Military. The private contractor biz is hot, vast, and largely unregulated. Is it out of control? May 31, 2004 (please read the clarification in the article): click here

Outsourcing War. An inside look at Brown & Root, the kingpin of America's new military-industrial complex. September 15, 2003: click here

A Talk with Halliburton's Generals. CEO David Lesar and Robert Harl, CEO of the KBR unit, on the risks and rewards of their military adventures -- and on Dick Cheney's role. September 15, 2003: click here


BBC Focus on Africa Magazine: [The update of the Focus On Africa Magazine was discontinued by the BBC in 2012, but you can consult the archived historical material]



CorpWatch: We investigate and expose corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations. [CorpWatch does not provide direct URL for their publications, below are three recent reports on the Home page as of 30 December 2006]:

Afghanistan Spy Contract Goes Sour for Pentagon. A top Pentagon official ran a covert network of contractors that supplied the U.S. government surveillance information for drone strikes and assassinations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a complaint filed by the CIA and revealed by NYT. By Pratap Chatterjee, 16 March 16, 2010: click here

A U.S. Fortress Rises in Baghdad: Asian Workers Trafficked to Build World's Largest Embassy. By David Phinney, 17 October 2006.

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report. 6 October 2006.

Intelligence in Iraq: L-3 Supplies Spy Support. By Pratap Chatterjee, 9 August 2006.


CovertAction Quarterly:

The Globalization of War and Poverty. Issue 68, Fall/Winter 1999. Includes the articles MPRI: Washington’s New Private Army and Backing up Globalization With Military Might: click here

Mercenary Armies and Mineral Wealth. By Pratap Chatterjee. Covert Action Quarterly, Fall 1997:




Refugee camps are the "cities of tomorrow", says humanitarian-aid expert. Governments should stop thinking about refugee camps as temporary places, says Kilian Kleinschmidt, one of the world's leading authorities on humanitarian aid (+ interview). November 23, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES | SOCIAL MEDIA


Drillbits & Tailings. (no longer available online)

Sierra Leone Titanium Mine and Mercenaries. Released on 21 August 1997: click here


Durham Independent:

Soldiers of good fortune. Suncontracting the war on terror. By Barry Yeoman, 23 July 2003:

Some of the firms in question are found in the PMCs and CORPORATIONS pages



The Economist:

Immigrants in America's armed forces. The green-card brigade. How to become an American, via Iraq, 1 February 2007: click here

Blood and treasure. After the windfall of Iraq, where is the next fortune to be found?, 2 November 2006:

Mercenaries. The Baghdad boom, 25 March 2004:

The fog and dogs of war, 18 March 2004:




Inside Erik Prince's Return To Power: Trump, Bolton And The Privatization Of War. He spent $250,000 to help get Trump elected; his sister Betsy DeVos now serves as Trump's secretary of education; and when Prince pitched a plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan last year, the White House took him seriously. By Noah Kirsch, April 30, 2018: TEXT | PICTURES

DynCorp Dynamite On New High. By Joshua Lipton, 7 June 2007: click here

Armor Holdings Agrees to $3.37B Takeover by BAE. By AP, 7 May 2007:

Winning The Iraq War. By Brian Wingfield, 8 February 2007: click here

Homeland Security Goes Public. By William Launder, 3 August 2006: click here

Big Time Homeland Security. By Rachel Monahan and Elena Herrero Beaumont, 3 August 2006: click here


Foreign Policy: y [Foreign Policy is no longer a free-access publication. We have therefore removed all the archived content and left only one article for reference purposes]

Prime Numbers: Soldiers of Misfortune. U.N. peacekeepers are the fastest-growing military force on the planet, and they carry a world of responsibility on their shoulders. Blue helmets are expected to fix failed states from the ground up. But increasingly, the troops—and the overburdened system that supports them—aren’t up to the task. By Elizabeth Dickinson, May/June 2009: TABLES | FIGURES



Fortunes of War. By John Helyar, 12 July 2004:,15114,662668,00.html

Why War Zones Love Monopolies. David Hecht interviews Macartan Humphreys, 17 May 2004:,15704,638966,00.html

Private-Sector Soldiers. By Jeremy Kahn and Nelson D. Schwartz, 19 April 2004:,15114,612340,00.html

The Pentagon's Private Army. By Nelson D. Schwartz, 3 March 2003:,15114,427948,00.html



G.I. JOBS Magazine: (The magazine has reinvented itself altogether differently and previous content has been deleted, which is a shame as the listed articles were interesting - Links preserved for research purposes)

Hiring America’s Veterans “It’s not what they’ve already done for their country … it’s what they can do for your company.” By Jack Gordon, December 2006:

Leave No Man Behind. By Marty Levine, May 2005:

G.I. Jobs Top 25 Military Friendly Employers. By Evan Pattak, December 2004:

Planning to join the private military or security industry, visit the RECRUITMENT page


Make Your Career GO with your Security Clearance. By Warren Duffie, October 2003.

Homeland Security Needs YOU! By Mickey McCarter, July 2002.

Military Tech Skills: The Growing Demand. By Mickey McCarter, January 2002:


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