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Retired Generals and Admirals Urge the Fourth Circuit Court to Hold Military Contractors Accountable for Abuse of Detainees at Abu Ghraib 
Human Rights First |  29 September 2015
>Human Rights First, representing a group of 14 retired generals and admirals, has filed an amicus brief challenging the Eastern District of Virginia Court’s ruling in the case of Al Shimari, which failed to hold CACI Premier Technology Inc. (CACI) accountable for its misconduct in conducting unauthorized abusive interrogations of Abu Ghraib detainees. The retired generals and admirals argue that if the lower court’s decision is allowed to stand, it may result in a harmful disruption in military operations and send a dangerous message to civilian contractors that they operate with impunity and are free to ignore the conduct standards that military personnel are required to follow.

ISO Publishes Security Operations Management System Standard based on ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1:2012 
Nasdaq |  24 September 2015
>Today, the International Organization for Standardization published the international standard, ISO18788 Management system for private security operations — Requirements with guidance for use. The standard was based on the widely accepted American National Standard ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1:2012 Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations – Requirements with Guidance, which is used for contracting in the United States and United Kingdom.

SA’s choice: private security or vigilantism 
The Citizen |  24 September 2015
>With 487 058 registered active security guards, South Africa’s private security industry is larger than the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and the SA Police Service combined. These numbers are contained in the Institute for Race Relations’ (IRR) Centre for Risk Analysis South Africa Survey 2014/2015. They were taken from the 2013/14 annual reports of the SAPS, the Private Security Regulatory Authority and the SANDF which comprises the army, air force and navy.

Government rejects bill to introduce private military contractors in Russia - report 
RT |  23 September 2015
>The Russian cabinet has rejected a bill regulating the work of private military companies because of legal weaknesses and security fears, Izvestia reports, citing the author of the document. The main sponsor of the bill, MP Gennady Nosovko of the center-left party Fair Russia was disappointed at its rejection. However, he has promised to rework the draft and submit it again in November. He added that he did not agree with many of the government’s conclusions regarding their review of his bill, but refused to go into detail.

Maritime security company CEO calls for more cooperation 
Container Management |  21 September 2015
>Phil Cable, CEO of leading maritime security company MAST, has called for more regional cooperation and acceptation of public-private partnerships to deal with global threats. Speaking at a conference in Australia, he said: “Maritime crime is a problem that needs engagement from all players – government, law enforcement, the shipping industry and its associates which include the security industry.”

Analyst Blames US for Failing to Stop Funding Syrian Mercenaries 
Sputnik |  20 September 2015
>In an interview with Sputnik, former US Army officer and counterterrorism analyst Scott Bennett said that the ultimate goal of Washington's program to train groups in the Middle East to fight the Islamic State is to supply arms to the Syrian opposition forces who are seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. Furthermore, he claims the US has supplied ISIL itself.

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST 
Marine Link |  18 September 2015
>The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST. “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate, illegal fishing, human trafficking or narcotics smuggling, stem from lack of law and order,” Cable stated, speaking at the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) Conference 2015 in Perth, Australia, Thursday.

To Catch Ransomware Suspects, Dutch Police Relied on a Russian Security Firm 
Motherboard |  17 September 2015
>In the latest example of the close-knit relationship between private cybersecurity companies and law enforcement, two men from the Netherlands have been arrested on suspicion of creating a piece of ransomware that infuriated victims for just over a year. On Monday, Politie, the Dutch police, arrested an 18- and a 22-year-old in relation to CoinVault, a moderately successful ransomware campaign, but only announced the arrests today.

US Private Mercenaries' Use Pose Threat to Democratic Accountability 
Sputnik News |  15 September 2015
>The increasing use of private mercenary forces by the United States could pose a threat to the democratic accountability of armed forces, author and former private military contractor Sean McFate told Sputnik. "Many have argued correctly, I think, that the private military industry demonstrates a lack of democratic accountability of military forces," McFate said on Monday.

‘Nigeria has no clear regulation guiding private security’ 
Business Day |  12 September 2015
>Despite high level of insecurity in Nigeria, the country still has unclear regulations for the private security industry, experts have said. Olufemi Ajayi, CEO, Risk Control Services Nigeria Limited, said this while receiving ISO 9001:2008 certificate from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.

Indonesia Faces Resurgent Maritime Piracy Challenges 
Hellenic Shipping News |  11 September 2015
>Recent data from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) indicate Southeast Asia has emerged as the world’s hottest spot for piracy attacks and armed robbery against ships this year. Of particular concern is the concentration of crimes occurring in the eastbound shipping lanes of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

BIMCO anti-piracy appeal rejected 
Maritime Secuirty Review |  10 September 2015
>The shipping industry, which wants a crackdown on illegal fishing off Somalia because it is fuelling piracy, has been told that the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) cannot help. International shipping association BIMCO is now looking elsewhere for a solution to the problem.

Public, private sectors collaborate to help exiting military cope with cuts 
MLive |  8 September 2015
>Monthly job cut data being released this week is expected to reveal over 100,000 workers cut from U.S. employer payrolls during July. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., the global outplacement consultancy that tracks such data, this monthly job cut number is the highest in four years, 136% higher than cuts for June and 125% higher than the number of cuts in July of 2014. Also noted by Challenger, Gray is the fact that more than half the cuts are due to "massive troop and civilian workforce reductions announced by the U.S. Army.

Maritime Security Challenges to be Addressed During Danish Maritime Days 
Hellenic Shipping News |  7 September 2015
>Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption, and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges – now it is time to find solutions. On Tuesday, October 6th, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), and Risk Intelligence, in cooperation with Clipper, will focus on the biggest and most pressing maritime security challenges facing the maritime industry and governments maritime security and aims to find new solutions to address these threats.

Angola: Conference On Maritime Security Seeking Response to Major Emergencies 
All Africa |  3 September 2015
>The International Conference on Maritime and Energy Security is intended to answer to major emergencies, strengthening the mechanism of coast and port security, as well as increasing development and capacity building programmes. The information was released Thursday by Angolan minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, at the meeting with diplomatic corps accredited in Angola aimed at presenting the referred conference, set for 7- 9 October this year.

Company founded by former mercenary wins Australian embassy contract in Kabul 
News.com AU |  1 September 2015
>“Gold standard” Australian security staff will have to cop a 60 per cent pay cut to keep their jobs protecting Australian diplomats in one of the world’s most dangerous cities — Kabul in Afghanistan. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) last week awarded a three-year contract to British firm Aegis Defence Services — and its parent company Canadian giant GardaWorld — after it undercut the former contractor Hart Security Australia with a three-year $72.3 million bid.

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