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last updated 23-May-2021
  This page focuses on a selected list of organizations representing reputable Private Military Contractors (companies, firms) or PMCs: living in an era characterized by both the broader diversification and deeper specialization of the private military/security sector, we overcome this corporate conundrum by focusing primarily on the core capabilities of these groups of companies. To examine further the horizontal and vertical integration of the business as well as inevitable overlaps, please explore our service sector and thematic directories.  


international Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
GROUP OVERVIEW - ISOA is the only worldwide association representing the stability sector exclusively and effectively. Through our partnerships, engagement, and advocacy, corporate members work together with key organizations and government policy makers for long-term stability and growth in the world's most unstable places

ISOA was founded in April 2001 as the International Peace Operations Association, or IPOA, by Doug Brooks after returning from Sierra Leone. While in Africa, Brooks collaborated with a group of NGOs, lawyers and humanitarian organizations to codify some basic principles on how the private sector could be ethically utilized in humanitarian and peace operations worldwide. This document became the founding document of ISOA - the ISOA Code of Conduct. Alonside this legacy and to reflect the monumental change in membership since early 2001, the phrase "peace operations” was found to be too limited and thus the name change to ISOA ("stability operations").


ISOA membership aim to protect during conflict, deliver aid in disaster, build homes during recovery, train police and strengthen governance in the wake of tragedy. To learn more, visit their membership page:

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[Information retrieved and updated from the association's website in July 2020]
Visit the IPOA CORNER and browse IPOA publications


Find more private military/security industry organizations (and companies) in the Security Industry Associations pages >>

Private Security Company Association of Iraq (PSCAI)

PSCAI was dissolution in 2011 - This listing is preserved for research purposes
ASSOCIATION OVERVIEW - The association was is a non-profit organization formed and maintained to discuss and address matters of mutual interest and concern to the industry conducting operations in Iraq. They also dealt with practical issues such as PSC Rules, Regulations and Guidelines for Operations in Iraq, New PSC Registration, PSC Re-Registration, Weapons Cards, and Vehicle Licensing.

PSCAI was launched in August 2004, following the dissolution of the Coalition Provisional Authority's Private Security Company Working Group, and was dissolved at the end of December 2011.


Key players in the private military business at the time were members of PSCAI. Many of them are profiled in this directory. From over 40 members at its peak, prior to its dissolution PSCAI counted the following 21 members: AEGIS, American-Iraq Solutions Group, Ardan Consulting, BH Defense, BritAm Defence, EODT, Erinys, Falcon, G4S, Garda World, Global Strategies Group, Hart, Olive, REED, Sabre International Security, Sallyport, SKA Arabia, SOC, Streit Group, TigerSwan, and Unity Resources Group.

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[information retrieved from the association's website in July 2006 and October 2011]



This is a sample list and not an exhaustive resource. While some of the entities listed above are key players and/or have been discussed in the debate on the topic, some other are emerging entities or have been incorporated into the list by request. This is a professional resource and we are simply trying to help you find the company and/or service you were looking for, be that for research or business purposes. For further information on a particular company, service, or unit, please contact the respective source.

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