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This is our 2000-2010 archive of news articles and special reports focusing on private military and private security issues. We cover the firms sometimes referred to as Private Security Companies or PSCs by reporters and analysts. Please explore and analyze the debates, controversies, and trends regarding the growing use of private sector firms in areas of conflict, defense, reconstruction, and homeland security in the first decade of the 21st century. To browse more recent articles or a featured theme, please select from the options below.
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The Observer (UK)

Asylum riot firm hit by £5m penalty. US group must hand back cash for errors that led to disorder breaking out at detention centre. By Jamie Doward and Martha Alexander, 10 December 2006:,,1968688,00.html

MoD under fire over training plans. By Nick Mathiason, 26 March 2006:,,1739720,00.html

Q&A: private finance initiative. By David Batty & Matt Weaver, 23 March 2006 (The Guardian):,,803045,00.html

Abu Ghraib team bids to run UK prisons. By Antony Barnett, Martin Bright and Solomon Hughes, 24 October 2004:,,1334825,00.html

Baghdad security job for Diana's bodyguard. The former soldier who nearly died in Paris crash faces new challenge in Iraq. By Jason Burke and Anushka Asthana, 12 September 2004:,,1302823,00.html

Soldiers of fortune hit the jackpot. 26 October 2003:,6903,1071008,00.html

British firm [DynCorp Aerospace] accused in UN 'sex scandal.' International police in Bosnia face prostitution claims. Kathryn Bolkovac, a former United Nations police officer is suing a British security firm over claims that it covered up the involvement of her fellow officers in sex crimes and prostitution rackets in the Balkans. By Antony Barnett and Solomon Hughes, July 29, 2001: click here

Anger at Kosovo mines contract. Kosovo: special report. By Antony Barnett, 7 May 2000:,2763,218277,00.html



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Swiss Army welcomes latest trainees: Executives. By Edward Taylor (The Wall Street Journal), 28 November 2006:

Employees of contractor barred from Iraq resurrect business. By Yochi J. Dreazen (The Wall Street Journal), 20 June 2006:

Pay dispute shuts Baghdad's airport. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Naseer Nouri (The Washington Post), 10 September 2005:

Editorial: The protection business. Private security companies thrive in a dangerous world. 25 February 2000:

Safety at a price: Military expertise for sale or rent. By Jack Kelly, 15 February 2000:

Looking for a forum debating the privatization of peace? Visit the FORUMS & BLOGS page

Forum: The Dogs of Peace. 7 March 1999:



• Reuters

U.S. Defense firms privately skeptical on budget outlook. The Pentagon's new austerity diet assumes growth of 1 percent in the defense budget to keep money flowing into new weapons and upgrades, but industry executives are privately preparing for real cuts and the cancellation of more weapons programs. By Andrea Shalal-Esa, September 16, 2010: click here

U.S. Air Force says L-3 monitored emails. 10 June 10, 2010: click here

Timeline: Allegations of corruption at BAE Systems. 1 October 2009:

States reaffirm rules for private military companies. 17 September 2008:

In Africa, Iraq, hired guns walk uneasy legal path. By Peter Apps, 21 Jul 2005: (

If piracy meets terrorism, the world will shake. By Jason Szep, 24 May 2005:

Fears of terrorism by sea in Southeast Asia. By Jason Szep, 23 May 2005: (



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