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November 2012

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PMC = Private Military Costs
Huffington Post  |  29 November 2012
One fiercely held, long asserted, if sparsely substantiated, talking point of the private military contracting (PMC) industry is that its cost-efficient.

The Many PMC Faces of NATO

Huffington Post  |  28 November 2012
The bottom line is that there are in indeed differences among NATO-members when it comes to the use of PMCs.

For Private Security Guards in Kabul, Hazardous Duty
The New York Times  |  25 November 2012
For the replacement Afghan security guards, their new posting — an established traffic checkpoint in a heavily guarded Western enclave in Kabul — would seem to be a decent one, other than the fact that three of their predecessors had just been killed by a Taliban suicide bomber. 

Are Private Military Companies (PMCs) Exempted from Geneva Conventions?
Diplomatic Courier  |   23 November 2012
> IHL alone cannot rid the world of the phenomenon of war; its capacity to stop the development of PMCs is weak as well...PMC employees do not meet the restrictive definition of what constitute mercenaries. They are also generally not considered part of the armed forces party to the conflict. 

Press release: The Voluntary Principles Announces Formation of Voluntary Principles Association
Voluntary Principles  |  21 November 2012
Formally created on November 21, the Voluntary Principles Association is a non‐profit organization based in The Netherlands.  The Association is intended to address certain administrative needs of the Voluntary Principles Initiative in order to enhance the Initiative's capacity to pursue its objective of facilitating the collaborative work of companies, governments, and non‐governmental organizations.

Prince of Blackwater Heads to Africa
Christian Science Monitor  |  20 November 2012
Erik Prince, the man who founded Blackwater... [is] going to be investing with a group of unnamed Chinese government-linked companies in resource extraction and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.

U.S. Says KBR Boosted Cost of Trailers for Troops in Iraq
Reuters  |  19 November 2012
The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday that it had sued KBR Inc, accusing the company and a Kuwaiti subcontractor of improperly charging the federal government for the costs of delivering and installing trailers for troops in Iraq.

Bullets for hire
The Economist  |  17 November 2012
> The industry's growth has been paid for by Western governments, keen to limit the political cost of military boots on the ground. Supply has also come mostly from the West: 70% of firms are British or American. 

U.S. Drops Case against KBR over Iraq Private Security Costs
Reuters  |  15 November 2012
> U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, in an order posted on Thursday, granted the Justice Department's petition from Wednesday to have its lawsuit dismissed without prejudice, a move that would leave it free to possibly refile the case at a later date.


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