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last updated 23-May-2021

List / Directory of Private Military Companies (contractors, 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 firms. To examine further the horizontal and vertical integration of the business as well as inevitable overlaps, please explore our service sector and thematic directories.


Academi (Academi Training Center Inc) 

Academi is a global provider of training solutions and secure logistics management. The company maintains headquarters in Herndon, VA, and operates globally and is supported by four regional offices: Dubai, Lagos, London, and Washington, D.C.; has a flagship training facility in Moyock, NC, and training facilities in Salem, CT, San Diego, CA, and a forward operating base in Kabul, Afghanistan.

CORPORATE HISTORY - The firm incorporates the experience and ethos gained from the corporate evolution of the Blackwater family of firms and predecessors into Xe, and subsequently Xe into Academi and then Constellis. To learn more about Academi, see also Blackwater, Xe, and Constellis. Following the formation of Constellis, it is interesting to note that Academi is the only firm in the group that preserved its corporate identity.

Academi's main areas of specialization are Training, Target Systems, and Managed Support Services (Supply Chain Logistics, Construction, Life Support, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Complex Program Management).

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[Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020, as well as research conducted regarding its history]

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)

ATAC comprises the world's largest outsourced civilian, tactical airborne training private organization. From five bases worldwide, including the Continental US, Hawaii and the Pacific, since inception in 1994 they have trained Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army air-crews, ship-crews, and Combat Controllers in the air-to-ship, air-to-air, and air-to-ground arenas. ATAC was acquired in July 2016 by Textron Inc.'s Textron Airborne Solutions Inc. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020, as well as research conducted regarding its history]:



AirScan was founded in 1989 to provide state-of-the-art airborne surveillance and security services to U.S. government and private sector customers. The company possesses proven experience and technical expertise in Tactical ISR Systems (Manned and Unmanned), Airborne Data Links, Secure Processing and Distribution Networks, and Airborne ISR Platform and Payload Training [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


AKE Group

Since 1990, AKE has been providing bespoke security and risk consulting solutions to ensure the complete protection of our clients' physical interests. This includes everything from hostile environment training and protective services in conflict zones, to event security planning and facility protection internationally. Mitigation, Insights, Resilience, and their Global Intake online risk platform are the key areas covered by the company. AKE advertises to be part now of the Singapore-based 'ROCAM International group'- no news articles mentioning ROCAM were found at the time this listing was last updated. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


ALGIZ Security

ALGIZ Security is an international group that provides corporate and private protection services all over the world. The ALGIZ team spirit was born two decades ago in the French Foreign Legion, when the ALGIZ Core team and the CEO met for the first time and had the chance to operate together. The company's main service segments are Personnel Protection, Venue & Site Protection, Transport Protection, Cyber Protection, Auditing & Consultancy, and the ALGIZ APP (an application using geolocation that turns your smartphone into a panic alarm and tracking device). [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


Alpha Point Security

Transient enterprise no longer active - This listing is preserved for research purposes
Thet described themselves as a hybrid PMC / PSC Providing Contractual Armed Services and Invaluable State of the Art Real-Time Pin-Point Accurate Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Data Enabling Comprehensive Tactical and Logistical Situational Awareness. [Information retrieved from Home on December 1, 2006]:


ArmorGroup International
ArmorGroup was acquired in March 2008 by G4S - This listing is preserved for research purposes
For over 25 years ArmorGroup has been recognised as a leading provider of defensive, protective security services to national governments, multinational corporations and international peace and security agencies operating in hostile environments.  ArmorGroup provides protective security services, security consultancy, security training and mine action services.  It has 9,000 highly trained and experienced employees and long term operations in 38 countries across the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, the CIS and central Asia. Key service segments covered by the company included Protective Security, Consultancy Services, Security Mentoring & Training, and Post-conflict Arms Management [Information last updated on 15 July 2007]:


Awareness Protective Consultants

Transient enterprise no longer active - This listing is preserved for research purposes
They described their mission to be to provide high quality sound training and consulting programs so that you can bring it back into your environment with a stronger educated and tactical mindset. Today more than ever we must all be prepared to identify our risks and reduce or manage them. Our staff will assist you with meeting and exceeding that challenge. [Information retrieved from Our Mission on 1 December 2006]:


Background Asia Risk Solutions (BARS) / Background Asia Group

This corporate identity is no longer active. However, in their brochures they listed contacts from, which remains active - This listing is preserved for research purposes
BARS advertised to be a specialist consulting group providing their clients with fraud investigations, commercial intelligence gathering, security consulting, anti-corruption consulting, strategic advice and other business risk solutions to a number of issues in the Asia Pacific region. They advertised to be able to operate all over the Asian region and, in some cases, in the Middle East (including Iraq and Afghanistan), Europe, North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Their catalogue of services included Maritime Security, Close Protection, Security Manpower, and Business and Operational Risk Services [Information retrieved from Home on 28 June 2005]:


Beni Tal's Security Company / Beni Tal / BTS Security Company

Beni Tal's Security Company, was established in Israel with the aim of providing a complete, fast and professional response to complex issues in a wide spectrum of security-related fields. The Security Company operates three divisions in Israel and an additional branch abroad, and serves clients from the private, public and municipal sectors. Their operational divisions are Dignitary Protection and Physical Security, Infrastructure Security, Special Missions, and Strategic Cooperation as well as military and training solutions. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


Blackwater ( Blackwater Worldwide, Blackwater Aviation, Presidential Airways, Inc., Blackwater Lodge | Blackwater USA, Blackwater Training Center, Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting, Raven Development Group ) - Historical record kept for research purposes.
This company is no longer active - This listing is preserved for research purposes
COMPANY OVERVIEW - As of August 2005, Blackwater Worldwide described itself as not simply a "private security company." We are a turnkey solution provider for 4th generation warfare. We assist with the development of national and global security plans, train, equip and deploy public safety and military warriors, build combat live-fire indoor/outdoor ranges, MOUT facilities and shoot houses, create ground and aviation operations and logistics support packages, develop and execute canine solutions for patrol and explosive detection, and can design and build facilities both domestically and in austere environments abroad.

In 2005, the company's website stated that the 'Blackwater Training Center was founded in 1996 to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing of firearms and related security training. This company was the forerunner of Xe and Academi.

SERVICES / CAPABILITIES - Aviation > K-9 > Maritime > Parachute Team > Raven Construction > Security Consulting > Target Systems > Training
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[Information retrieved from the company's website in April-August 2005, as well as research conducted regarding its history]


Blue Mountain Group

Blue Mountain Group delivers world-class security solutions to private, corporate and government clients. With a carefully selected team of exceptional security specialists - many of whom have Special Forces backgrounds. Their main service segments are Training (.to work in dangerous places more safely), Security (Close Protection Services, Security Planning, Site Security Audits, Technical Countermeasures & Sweeps, and Consultancy (Planning and Security Audits). [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


Caliburn International Corp

As an integrated, capabilities-focused service provider, Caliburn delivers consulting, engineering, medical, and environmental solutions, as well as large-scale program management services, in support of our core markets of national defense, healthcare, international diplomacy, and homeland security. This broad spectrum of services incorporate Janus Global Operations' ingenuity, which is now part of Caliburn but does not have a stand-alone website. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


Chilport (UK) Ltd

Chilport's consultancy and training services cover the following areas (as a general guideline): Security and threat assessments, Risk assessments, Customs and border control, Vehicle checkpoint (VCP) operation, External and Internal security based on British Home Office standards, Port area security based on IMO ISPS codes, as well as a broad range of K9 services. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


Clayton Consultants / Clayton International

This company is no longer active - This listing is preserved for research purposes
Clayton International, a Triple Canopy company, is a management consulting firm offering risk and crisis management, incident response and training to clients across the globe. We specialize in the prevention and resolution of kidnaps-for-ransom, extortions, malicious product tampering and client risk. For a brief period they also advertised maritime security services. [Information retrieved from the company's website in February 2010 and February 2012]:


Constellis (Constellis Holdings LLC)
COMPANY OVERVIEW - Constellis combines the legacy capabilities and experience of ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Olive Group, Centerra, OMNIPLEX, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social and all of their affiliates. The consolidation of companies under the Constellis name allows our customers to rely on a single partner and project experience that spans the globe. Our forward-thinking services span a broad range of synergistic solutions, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training capabilities, logistics and life support, UAV systems, global tracking technology, fire protection and medical services, information security services and crisis response mitigation.

Constellis was formed in 2010 by a group of operators and investors who sought to combine best-in-class brands, assets and people within the complex risk management industry. The Constellis family of companies has grown since formation to include well established companies including ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Centerra, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social, OMNIPLEX, and Olive Group. Apollo Global Management, a private equity group, acquired Constellis in 2016


Constellis services span a broad range of solutions, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training capabilities, logistics and life support, UAV systems, global tracking technology, fire protection and medical services, information security services and crisis response mitigation.

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[Information retrieved and updated from the company's website in July 2020]



The company's vast catalogue of training services are aimed at warfighters and law enforcement who must be prepared to face new threats daily or emerging threats. Cubic's NextTrainingT provides innovative solutions for improved performance-based training, scalable training architectures, air combat training, and high-fidelity combat training centers. At Cubic Global Defense, for example, they develop innovative and realistic training solutions for the United States and allied forces in more than 35 nations. [Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:


DynCorp International.

DI is a highly diversified corporation focusing on Aviation, Logistics, Consulting. Their roots are found on two companies formed in 1946 (Land-Air, Inc., and California Eastern Airways). They support all branches of the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. Department of State,other U.S. state and federal agencies and international customers and are prepared to 'go wherever and whenever the mission calls to support a safer and more stable world .'[Information retrieved from the company's website in August 2020]:

DI's Phoenix Consulting Group focuses on Military Intelligence Training, Law Enforcement Intelligence Training, and Business Intelligence Training.


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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