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December 2012

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Maliki's Private Army
The National Interest  |  31 December 2012
> Those who worried about Iraq's ability to track terrorists in the high tech war against al-Qaeda were missing an important point: elements of ISOF were already being used as a private army by Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Piracy Remains a Global Threat  |  31 December 2012
Off Somalia, 70 attacks were reported by ships in the first nine months of 2012, compared to 199 incidents in the same period of 2011, according to IMB. Somali piracy has fallen to a three-year low because of coordinated action by international navies and the deployment of armed security guards by shipping companies.

Company Offers Private Surveillance Drone
UPI  |  28 December 2012
> A Japanese company says it will offer flying drone surveillance technology, previously restricted to governments and the military, to private security firms

A Third Way for PMSC Legal Accountability
Huffington Post  |  27 December 2012
When it comes to legal accountability for private military and security contractors there are two categories to choose from, and they both have problems. They are national and international law.

Afghan Policewoman kills American adviser at Kabul police HQ in latest insider attack
Washington Post  |  24 December 2012
An Afghan policewoman walked into a high-security compound in Kabul Monday and killed an American contractor with a single bullet to the chest, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies.

Benghazi's Real Lessons
Bloomberg  |  23 December 2012
The State Department's dependence on private security contractors is one aspect of those systemic failures that has yet to be publicly discussed...the State Department has tried to stretch its coverage by hiring armed contractors to keep its diplomats out of harm's way.

The Ghost of Contracting Past
Huffington Post  |  21 December 2012
> A report was released earlier this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary assessments that offers some useful observations on how well the United States has learned to effectively utilize PMSCs.

Blackwater Wins the Battle of Benghazi
Wired  |  20 December 2012
U.S. embassy security in the post-Benghazi era is shaping up to be a financial bonanza for security contractors...any company that can provide the State Department with either armed guards, surveillance tools or hardened facilities would be smart to practice its elevator pitch.

FCO Adopts ASIS Standard for UK based Overseas Security Companies
Infologue  |  18 December 2012
the Foreign & Commonwealth Office had announced that the ASIS Standard PSC1-2012 would be the applicable standard for UK private security companies working in complex environments overseas.

G4S to win welfare role despite Olympics fiasco
The Telegraph  |  18 December 2012
G4S looks to have avoided being blacklisted by the Government over its Olympics security shambles with the company in line to win a role in new welfare reforms, the Financial Times reports.

Private military and security companies in Somalia need regulation, says UN expert Group
Horseed Media  |  18 December 2012
> "the Government should ensure that private security forces are properly regulated and do not become a substitute for competent and accountable police. All Somalis have the right to security, not just those who can afford to pay for it," said Faiza Patel, the Chairperson of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries.

Irresponsible Behavior by U.S. Government Contractor in Kabul Results in Whistleblower Lawsuit
Law Firm Newswire  |  18 December 2012
The company cited in this whistleblower lawsuit [Jorge Scientific] may have endangered the Kabul mission and the lives of military personnel.

10 Afghan Girls Killed in Old Mine Blast; Car Bomb Kills One in Kabul
The New York Times  |  17 December 2012
A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted the compound of a private military contractor on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Monday, killing at least one person.

Intra-Masculine Bonds and Butt Cracks
Huffington Post  |  16 December 2012
The consequent gap around the private sector and the impunity it may provide "raises questions of the ways in which some of the industry's comparably lax organizational-structural features of accountability articulate with gender regimes on the ground."

High Court Raps Housing Ministry over Private Security for Jewish Homes in East Jerusalem
Haaretz  |  13 December 2012
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday rebuked the Housing Ministry for employing private security guards to guard Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem. For the past 20 years around 350 security guards, working for contractors engaged by the state, have been assigned to enclaves of Jewish settlers within the city's Arab neighborhoods.

Opinion: Higher Standards of Private Security - How the ISO will Benefit the Seafarer
Maritime Executive  |  10 December 2012
The International Standards Organisation (ISO) will present its draft standard for the selection and use of Armed Guards on commercial vessels to the IMO this week.

Putting the Principle in PMSC Use
Huffington Post  |  10 December 2012
> One longstanding argument for the use of private military and security companies is that they can facilitate undertaking interventions for human rights purposes, both for humanitarian and peacekeeping objectives.

Opinion: WWF Drones Raise Serious Questions for International Security
Al-Jazeera English  |  10 December 2012
The latest to join this mix of non-state actors [using PSCs] is the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), who just announced a new Google-backed anti-poaching campaign complete with drone surveillance. But, is this really a good idea?

Sources: U.S. Helping Underwrite Syrian Rebel Training on Chemical Weapons
CNN  |  09 December 2012
The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday.

Karzai Says NATO Partially to Blame for Afghan Insecurity
Foreign Policy  |  07 December 2012
> Karzai told an NBC correspondent in Kabul that the United States helped foster insecurity by encouraging corruption and employing private military firms.

Granddad 'Mercenary Trained in Ukraine'
Sydney Morning Herald  |  05 December 2012
A Victorian grandfather trained at the International Bodyguard Association in Ukraine so he could fight the Indonesian government as a mercenary in West Papua, a court has heard.

DynCorp International Awarded Contract Valued at up to $22 Million to Provide Base Operation Support Services at Soto Cano Air Base
Business Wire  |  05 December 2012
> DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army to provide base operation support services at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.

U.S. Commandos' New Landlord in Afghanistan: Blackwater
Wired  |  05 December 2012
> U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan. It's owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million.

U.S. reducing plans for large civilian force in post-2014 Afghanistan
Washington Post  |  05 December 2012
> The Obama administration has ordered significant cutbacks in initial plans for a robust U.S. civilian presence in Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops withdraw

Seamarshals Gains First License as Cape Verde Fight Against West African Piracy
Maritime Executive  |  05 December 2012
> In a move designed to thwart the escalating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Government of Cape Verde has granted a licence to Cape Verde Maritime Security Services

U.S. Ready to Offer Mercenaries $10 Billion for a Drug-War Air Force
Wired  |  04 December 2012
> Unsure how your private security firm makes money as the U.S. war in Afghanistan winds down? One option: Go into the drug trade

PMC = Protean Military Contractor
Huffington Post  |  03 December 2012
There are many ways to think about private military and security contractor (PMSC) critical, if under-appreciated, way to view PMSC activity is from the perspective of ethics.


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