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US Military Turning to Private ‘Bad Guys’ to Dogfight Fighter Pilots 
Defense One |  26 July 2016
> Facing a shortage of pilots, dollars, and training time, the Pentagon wants private pilots and fighter jets to play the bad guys during dogfighting and other drills with military pilots. While contractors have long been used in various kinds of military training, top Defense Department officials believe this new role could free up uniformed pilots to fly in combat squadrons.

Is Guatemala's Booming Private Security Industry Benefiting Organized Crime? 
InSight Crime |  21 July 2016
> The growing number of private security firms in Guatemala speaks to the state's inability to provide protection for its citizens, but this booming industry is vulnerable to criminal co-option and could generate security concerns of its own. Guatemala now has over 200 private security firms and 150,000 security guards -- five times more than the country’s 30,000-strong police force, according to the BBC. Less than 100 of the firms are legally registered.

ICoCA Opens Pathway to Certification for Private Maritime Security Companies 
Human Analytics |  20 July 2016
> It is now possible for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) to receive independent, third party certification to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) via the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA). On Friday of last week, the multi-stakeholder ICoCA announced the release of a recognition statement for ISO 28007-1: 2015 Ships and marine technology – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships (and pro forma contract), ISO 28007 in short.

It's a scary world...except for defense companies 
CNN Money |  19 July 2016
> Lockheed Martin (LMT), the global leader in making weapons, reported a jump in profits on Tuesday and ramped up its outlook for the rest of the year amid strong defense spending by major governments. The U.S. defense contractor's stock climbed 2% to another record high, up an impressive 20% this year alone. Rival defense stocks Northrop Grumman (NOC) and Raytheon (RTN) also rose to fresh all-time highs and continued to outpace the broader markets.

Iraq war contractor accused of inflating costs – but still holds Pentagon contract 
The Guardian |  19 July 2016
> The US justice department has accused a security contracting giant of defrauding the public even as the same firm continues to contract with the Pentagon. Papers filed in a Washington DC federal court on Tuesday allege that DynCorp, a fixture of wartime US contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, knowingly inflated costs during a four-year stretch when the company held a contract with the US state department for training Iraqi police.

Yemen's Ansarullah launched ballistic missile at pro-Hadi forces, 180 killed including foreign mercenaries 
ABNA |  17 July 2016
> Yemen's Ansarullah movement forces have launched a ballistic missile at an army base held by troops loyal to the former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the Saturday attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta'izz.

The privatization of war 
UN HRC |  15 July 2016
> The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will gather a group of top international experts to discuss how privatization of war affects human rights, particularly how private military and security companies (PMSCs) impact on the right to self-determination. The panel discussion, which is open to the media, will take place on Thursday 21 July 2016, at Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The Ethics and Future of Private Military and Security Companies 
War on the Rocks |  12 July 2016
> A video interview with Sean McFate on the future of private military and security companies.

Niger Delta Avengers Accuse Buhari Of Hiring Saudi Mercenaries With $258million To Fight Militants 
The Whistler |  9 July 2016
> The Niger Delta Avengers yesterday said it does not care if the Federal Government hires mercenaries from Saudi Arabia or anywhere to fight them. Reacting to online reports that the federal government had concluded agreement with Saudi authorities to deploy Saudi Blackwater mercenaries to the Niger Delta region to tackle militants that had been bombing oil facilities, spokesperson of the group, self-styled Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, said that NDA was not perturbed.

Saudi airstrike kills, injures 50 allied militiamen in Hajjah 
ABNA |  9 July 2016
> Saudi military aircraft have reportedly targeted Riyadh-sponsored militiamen loyal to resigned Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah, killing and injuring atleast 50 mercenaries.

U.S. military to limit legal protection to some contractors in Japan 
Reuters |  5 July 2016
> Washington said it will limit legal protections and benefits to some U.S. civilian contractors working for the military in Japan in a bid to assuage local anger following the killing of a Japanese woman on Okinawa island. Japan and the U.S. agreed on Tuesday to tighten eligibility for the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed in 1960, which sets out the legal status of U.S. bases and military personnel working in Japan.

Is the World Ready for Private Military Companies as Peacekeepers? 
The Wire |  1 July 2016
> As President Barack Obama’s time in the White House draws to a close, critics and supporters alike are trying to condense his often disjointed foreign policy manoeuvres into a coherent doctrine. A major facet of this Obama doctrine – perhaps more fundamental than his use of drones, his reservations about leaning on long-established alliances, and his ‘pivot’ away from the Middle East and to Asia – has been a much-touted disdain for hawkish intervention and consequently, his own ‘light footprint’ in the soils of conflict.

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