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Private security firms can start operating on board French flagged vessels 
Groupe Prorisk |  29 October 2015
> The enactment of Law No. 2014-742 of 1st July 2014 and the signing of decrees related during late 2014 and early 2015 resulted in June 2015 to approve the first private companies wishing to conduct activities of protection of French flagged vessels (APPN). Active since 2011 in the training of PCASP and involved from the earliest discussions (2013) on the French bill, the holding GROUPE PRORISK started its first missions for French flagged vessels. PCASPs of its subsidiary PRORISK INTERNATIONAL ensured in September the protection of a tanker in the Gulf of Aden and three teams are being deployed on tuna-seiners in the Indian Ocean.

Hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen 
Middle East Eye |  27 October 2015
> The Saudi-led coalition has contracted hundreds of former Colombian soldiers to fight in Yemen as part of their battle to push back Houthi rebel fighters, according to reports in South America.The pan-Latin American channel TeleSUR reported on Monday that up to 800 Colombians will “take up frontline positions” in the southern port city of Aden, which is currently the scene of a power battle between coalition forces and rival militant factions separately linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State (IS) group.

Slovenia to use private security firms to help with migrant flows 
Reuters |  26 October 2015
> Slovenia plans to call in private security firms to help manage the flow of thousands of migrants passing through the country toward northern Europe, a senior official said on Monday. Bostjan Sefic, state secretary at the Interior Ministry, said some 50 to 60 private security officers will help police where needed. More than 76,000 migrants have arrived in Slovenia from Croatia in the past 10 days. Over 9,000 migrants were still in Slovenia on Monday, hoping to be able to reach Austria by the end of the day, while many more were on their way to Slovenia from Croatia and Serbia.

‘Enhanced interrogation’ could become a new U.S. export under revised regulations 
Foreign Policy |  26 October 2015
> The State Department’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls has proposed a rule change that could loosen oversight of private security companies and exacerbate the problems we’ve seen with them. The U.S. requires U.S. companies aiming to provide military training to first obtain a U.S. license to ensure such assistance is “consistent with the foreign policy interests of the United States.”

Nigeria ‘hires mercenaries’ again to battle Boko Haram 
Today |  22 October 2015
> Nigeria has hired mercenaries to combat Boko Haram as military chiefs face a December deadline to crush the militants, according to senior military sources. Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, reports that the mercenaries, estimated at around 250 personnel and hired from South Africa-based private contractor Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection (STTEP), are being deployed along with fighter jets in Operation Fire Force, a source at Nigeria’s defense headquarters said on condition of anonymity.

Private security agencies urge govt to form joint anti-terrorism task force 
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation |  19 October 2015
> A section of private security agencies in the country are calling on the government to form a joint anti-terrorism task force to enhance the response to terror threats. The agencies say harmonizing activities of key players in the security sector will go a long way in curbing organized crime. Kenya will host an international anti-terrorism summit in Nairobi this week against a backdrop of enhanced and concerted efforts to curb insecurity in the country. Of concern to security stakeholders is the number of terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation leaving in their wake a traumatized society.

Rent-a-cop 
The Economist |  17 October 2015
> Five years ago Lionel Rawlins pitched up in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, to run security for the American University there. This was a dangerous spot even before Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency gathered momentum, yet the former marine found only “a ragtag team of guards who couldn’t protect anyone from anything”. Rather than clean up the mess, he had another idea: to set up his own private security force instead. Today the university is guarded by a hundreds-strong force of his well-turned-out recruits.

With high number of foreign fighters in Belgium, UN experts call for robust action to address risks 
UN News Centre |  16 October 2015
> Belgium needs to develop an inclusive national vision and action on the issue of foreign fighters at federal, regional and local levels, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries said today following a five-day visit to the European nation. “The threat to the country is otherwise significant,” warned the expert group, which is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to study and identify emerging issues and trends regarding mercenaries, in a news release.

Private security providers ‘bleeding’ because of non-compliant operators 
Business Day Live |  16 October 2015
> The private security industry and its regulatory authority are bleeding as a result of non-compliant companies joining the sector, Parliament’s police committee was told on Friday.Steve Conradie, CE of the Security Industry Alliance, told committee members that there was an unrelenting proliferation of non-compliant and unregistered operators. "There is an increased tendency to make use of non-compliant service providers who undercut the market and operate under the statutory minimum levels of remuneration," Mr Conradie said.

Lagos NSCDC to end illegal private guard firms 
Daily Times |  15 October 2015
> The Lagos State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, Gabriel Abafi, has once again restated his commitment to bring to an end the activities of illegal private guard companies in the state. Abafi, who disclosed this during the visit of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), Lagos Chapter, at the command headquarters, in Lagos, said that as part of the Command's effort to combat crime and insecurity, about 80 illegal private security companies in the state had been shot down.

Private Security in Nigeria: Rent-a-Cop 
The Economist |  15 October 2015
> Five years ago Lionel Rawlins pitched up in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, to run security for the American University there. This was a dangerous spot even before Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency gathered momentum, yet the former marine found only “a ragtag team of guards who couldn’t protect anyone from anything”. Rather than clean up the mess, he had another idea: to set up his own private security force instead. Today the university is guarded by a hundreds-strong force of his well-turned-out recruits.

Op-Ed: Strategic Importance of the Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea 
United States Africa Command |  13 October 2015
> Angola hosts from October 7-9, an International Conference on Maritime and Energy Security in the Gulf of Guinea. This conference is unique and especially important because it brings together public and private stakeholders from the global maritime and energy sectors and enables them to share international best practices in order to improve regional security coordination and strengthen public-private security partnerships.

Fighting ISIS with Mercenaries: A feasible alternative?  
The Market Mogul |  11 October 2015
> We might be forced to deploy boots on the ground because air strikes are not sufficient to subdue the repugnant Daʻish (ISIS/ISIL/IS); instead, allowing Private Military Companies (PMCs) to lend direct support to suffering peoples via mercenaries might be a more effective alternative. Many locals want to fight back (Kurdish Syrians, for example); let PMCs hire them and let them liberate themselves from Daʻish! It is not foreign support that people dislike but the feeling of indignity that arises from others having to fight your battles for you.

India's maritime security concerns addressed: High risk area with respect to piracy in Arabian sea revised  
The Economic Times |  8 October 2015
> In a boost for India's maritime security, the European Union Chair of the Contact Group of Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) on Thursday announced the revision of limits of the piracy "High Risk Area (HRA)" with effect from December 1, 2015. With the revision of the HRA, some of India's maritime security concerns viz floating armouries and proliferation of private security are likely to be addressed, said a Ministry of Defence press release.

Trim the Pentagon's Shadow Work Force 
US News and World Report |  8 October 2015
> As Congressional gridlock continues to keep a lid on the Pentagon's base budget, it's long past time to reduce spending on unessential goods and services. One area that hasn't received the attention it deserves is the Pentagon's massive shadow work force. According to the Pentagon's most recent report to Congress, its service contractor work force stands at over 641,000 people, employed by 41 different components within the department. Private contractors perform a wide range of tasks for the Pentagon, from maintaining equipment to providing security at bases to gathering and analyzing intelligence.

SEGAL seeks partnership with govt 
The New Dawn Liberia |  5 October 2015
> A private security firm, the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia or SEGAL, is calling on the Government of Liberia to promote joint collaboration among security forces in the country to maintain peace in the wake of UNMIL drawdown. SEGAL also emphasized the need for law enforcement agencies to sit around the table with various private security firms to discuss issues relating to maintaining the peace of Liberia.

Security bill threat to SA-US relations 
Business Day |  2 October 2015
> US officials, anxious to repair a troubled "partnership" with SA, fear a deepening breach in relations if President Jacob Zuma signs the Private Security Regulation Amendments Bill in its present form. This is because of mandates imposed by Congress requiring the US to vote against International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank loans to any country found to have expropriated US property without compensation or arbitration. It would also have to deny bilateral official finance and guarantees to those countries.

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