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DTRA Awards PAE Contract to Reduce Threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction 
PAE |  28 June 2018
> PAE received an eight-year prime contract award by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Integrating Contract (CTRIC) III IDIQ. PAE will support the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) mission of reducing threats from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and related materials, technologies, facilities and expertise. PAE is one of six awardees and will compete on task orders worth up to $970M.

Georgia Bars Syrian Airlines From Crossing Its Airspace 
Haaretz |  27 June 2018
> Georgia has denied two Syrian airlines access to its airspace in retaliation for Damascus recognising the statehood of two Georgian breakaway regions last month, a senior aviation official told Reuters. One of the airlines, Cham Wings, was revealed by a Reuters investigation in April to have transported Russian private military contractors to take part in the fighting in Syria.

Rising Demand for Security Guards, Monitoring 
The Business Journal |  26 June 2018
> Given the many school shootings and the attacks on the Pulse nightclub in Florida and a Las Vegas music festival, it should come as no surprise that security guard companies report increased demand for their services.

Brazilian mercenary Lusvarghi's arrest in Ukraine extended until Aug 24 
Unian Information Agency |  26 June 2018
> Dnipropetrovsk region's Pavlohradsky city district court on June 26 extended the arrest of Rafael Lusvarghi, a 33-year-old Brazilian mercenary, who fought on the side of Russian-led troops against the Ukrainian army in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

Can Saudi Arabia Fight its Own Fight? History Shows Heavy Reliance on Mercenaries, Militias and the US 
Mint Press News |  26 June 2018
> As for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war on Yemen, launched in March of 2015, the inherent weakness of Saudi ground forces manifested itself clearly through the Gulf kingdom’s heavy reliance on foreign mercenaries to fight on behalf of its armed forces, the failure to progress on fronts adjacent to the border, and the inability of Saudi forces to hold positions and villages, despite support from the Saudi Royal Air Force.

Private security company opens fire on protesters, injuring eight in Marikana 
News24 |  26 June 2018
> Eight people were shot and injured during a legal march after a private security company fired rubber bullets at a group protesting outside Glencore mine in Marikana.

Cops to rope in pvt security guards to tackle crimes 
The Times of India |  26 June 2018
> To keep a tab on petty crimes - snatching, theft, car-jacking - Gurugram police on Monday came up with a plan to utilise the resources of private security agencies.

Director of private security firm injured in explosion in Odesa 
Interfax-Ukraine |  25 June 2018
> The director of the Samson private security firm was injured in an explosion at the intersection of Troyitska Street and Oleksandrivsky Prospekt (Avenue) in the center of Odesa in the early hours of June 25, the local news outlet Dumskaya has reported.

Two private security officers killed in the Western region 
Ghana Web |  25 June 2018
> Two private security personnel have been murdered by unknown assailants in the Western region.

Why Nigerian govt banned private training of security guards – NSCDC boss, Muhammadu 
Daily Post |  23 June 2018
> Federal Government has outlawed the training of private security guards by consultants. Federal Government has outlawed the training of private security guards by consultants. The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, explained that the government took the decision for national security reasons.

Texas border chaos: Courts, families, government collide in zero tolerance debacle 
WFMY News2 |  23 June 2018
> Under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, these migrants now face a separate immigration process that will likely end in deportation. Guards for the private security contractors shackle the migrants and herd them onto unmarked buses and vans for transport back to the Border Patrol detention center. It’s not yet noon.

Security expert: Armed guards may only shoot to save a life 
Deseret News |  22 June 2018
> A fatal shooting by a security guard on the job downtown has prompted discussion about training and licensing requirements in the state, which were reduced this year.

Report: Hundreds of Russian Syria Deaths Remain ‘a Mystery’ After February U.S. Clash 
The Daily Beast |  22 June 2018
> In a four-hour February battle by a small U.S. military outpost in Syria, about 500 “pro-Syrian government forces—including Russian mercenaries” fought 40 special ops forces, despite U.S. officers calling their Russian counterparts and “urg[ing] them to stop the attack,” The New York Times reports.

Army’s Air force launches drone’s strikes on coalition’s military vehicles in Western coast 
Yemen News Agency |  22 June 2018
> Air force of the army on Friday launched drone’s strikes on gatherings of Saudi-paid mercenaries and invaders’ military vehicles gathering in Hodeidah province, a military official told Saba News Agency on Wednesday.

PIMS administration to enhance security at hospital 
The Express Tribune |  22 June 2018
> After reports that two doctors were reportedly robbed at gunpoint inside the hospital, prompting protests from its medical corps, the largest tertiary care hospital in the federal capital has decided to undertake measures to improve security at the facility.

‘Zero-tolerance’ immigration policy is big money for contractors, nonprofits 
OpenSecrets.org |  21 June 2018
> President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is big business for U.S. companies — from private prison and tech firms to defense and security contractors — as well as nonprofits.

Deputies raid private training facility in Southwest Florida, seize all property 
Fox 4 |  21 June 2018
> Multiple law enforcement agencies helped raid a private military-style training facility outside Immokalee Wednesday.

Terrorism: FG outlaws private training of security guards 
Punch |  21 June 2018
> The Nigerian Federal Government has outlawed the training of private security guards by consultants.

Security firm named in lawsuit against Ottawa once accused of recruiting ex-child soldiers 
CBC News |  21 June 2018
> Sabre International Security, the company now at the centre of a lawsuit against the federal government, was accused of recruiting former child soldiers in Africa two months before a suicide bomber killed scores of its employees outside of the Canadian embassy in Kabul.

A military-migrant economy 
Nepali Times |  21 June 2018
> The martial history and reputation of Gurkhas is well known in Britain and Nepal. The public is aware of their unacknowledged contributions to local communities in Nepal, the broader political views of Gurkhas, and inter-generational dynamics that motivate young men to become Gurkhas. It is these very aspects of Gurkhas that make them so desirable for the global private security industry. Recently, with the British Gurkhas’ right to remain in the UK, Nepalis retired from the Indian Army have been moving from the military to private security contractors in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Downtown security guard shoots, kills victim in Salt Lake 
The Sacramento Bee |  20 June 2018
> Police say a security guard shot and killed an alleged trespasser during a confrontation between two state government buildings in downtown Salt Lake City.

Life-and-death struggle preceded officer-involved shooting; security guard didn't intervene 
KTBS |  20 June 2018
> The wrestling match that ended with a Shreveport police officer killing a man in the downtown entertainment district this spring went on for three minutes before the officer, unable to subdue the man and fearing he was going for the officer's gun, shot him, videos of the fatal encounter show. A private security officer who witnessed the struggle did not come to the officer's aid, telling him it was company policy not to intervene, one video shows.

IMO approves further interim guidance on privately contracted armed security personnel 
IMO |  20 June 2018
> As a result of the rising levels of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, particularly between 2005 and 2009, privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) have been employed for protection on board some merchant vessels operating in, or navigating through, that region.

The Violent Stagnation in Eastern Ukraine Continues 
Townhall |  20 June 2018
> Sporadic infantry battles and artillery attacks erupt along the front. These attacks may not nudge the frontline but they do wound and kill. Some of the dead are Russian soldiers and mercenaries whose presence in eastern Ukraine Russian propagandists deny.

The UAE In Yemen: With a lot of help from its mercs 
The New Arab |  20 June 2018
> The UAE has participated in the ongoing, Saudi-led war in Yemen largely through its use of a disparate collection of mercenaries, or to use the accepted euphemism, "private military contractors" (PMC).

Counter terrorism: private sector a “very powerful tool”, says senior Metropolitan Police officer 
IFSEC Global |  20 June 2018
> Mobilising private security personnel would be a “powerful tool” in future policing, a senior officer of the Metropolitan Police has told IFSEC 2018.

Yemen’s Navy Captures French Vessel Laden with Foreign Mercenaries  
MPN News |  18 June 2018
> Yemen’s Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details.

Civilians own 85% of world's 1bn firearms, survey reveals  
The Guardian |  18 June 2018
> The majority of the arms, 85% (857m), are estimated to be held by civilians (including individuals, private security firms, non-state armed groups and gangs); while law enforcement agencies own 2% (23m) and military stockpiles account for 13% (133m).

Yemeni forces kill 123, capture 160 Saudi-led coalition mercenaries  
Mehr News Agency |  18 June 2018
> Two lorries filled with the bodies of the Saudi and UAE-led coalition mercenaries arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Sunday, according to Yemenipress news website.

Private Security Service Market to enjoy ‘explosive growth’ to 2022  
The Newsman|  14 June 2018
> Global Private Security Service Market Size, Status and Forecast 2022 is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing capital structure of the Global Private Security Service Market.

Russia World Cup security guards served in Syria  
Middle East Monitor |  14 June 2018
> Russian paramilitary units providing security for the World Cup this month include fighters who have served in Syria and Ukraine, Reuters has reported.

Local private security business booming  
KXLY Spokane |  13 June 2018
> Private security consultants help offices prepare for the unthinkable. One of those firms, Full Circle Security Systems Defense, is attracting bigger and bigger clients.

The fighters linking World Cup security and Kremlin's foreign wars  
Reuters |  13 June 2018
> Russian paramilitary units providing security for the soccer World Cup included among their members Cossack fighters who took part in clandestine campaigns in Ukraine and Syria.

Odd couple: Remaining August 12 lawsuit defendants say they’re not paramilitary  
C-Ville |  13 June 2018
> The Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection filed a lawsuit on behalf of the city, several local businesses and neighborhood associations in October that aims to prohibit 25 groups and individuals who they say participated in unlawful paramilitary activity on August 12 from returning to the city for the same reason.

Uganda: Yellow Man Abiriga Killed, Just As Museveni Shows Sign of 'Softness'  
The Monitor |  13 June 2018
> Demographic shifts, and economic crises around Africa have left governments struggling to provide security. A report last year noted that, as a result, the number of private security guards across Africa is now more than double the number of police and government security forces.

Private security patrolling Old Colorado City this summer  
KOAA News 5|  12 June 2018
> There is added security patrolling Old Colorado City this summer. “Roving security patrol is just going to be a presence,” said Old Colorado City Foundation, President, Dave Brackett. It is part of larger plan toward encouraging positive activities that crowd out negative actions that cause people to avoid the area.

Private security vs police officer numbers in South Africa  
Business Tech|  12 June 2018
> South Africa has a massive private security sector which dwarfs the current police force, according to the latest 2018/2019 report by the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).

60 private security agencies face risk of closure  
Live Mint|  12 June 2018
> A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guideline aimed at protecting the interests of banks may force private security agencies offering cash management services to stop operations.

Private & Personal Security Services Market- Share & Trends Analysis by Application  
Exclusive Reportage |  11 June 2018
> This research report provides an in-depth analysis of the global Private & Personal Security Services Market based on enterprise size, services, solution, end-use industry, and geography. The report also provides an analysis of the factors that drive and restrain the growth of the Private & Personal Security Services market.

Sahel attracts ‘private armies'  
The Arab Weekly |  10 June 2018
> Private security companies are spreading their wings in the Sahel belt of Africa. Mercenaries are not new to Africa.

Capital Police tells residents to hire private guards for security  
The Express Tribune |  10 June 2018
> The capital police have advised Islamabad residents to hire private security guards to protect their homes against thieves and robbers during Eid holidays.

Security Companies Want To Use Facial Recognition To Stop School Shootings  
Futurism |  10 June 2018
> It’s a heartbreaking reality affecting more than 50 million American students: Senseless acts of violence are more than a weekly occurrence at American schools. To help allay people’s fears, private security companies are marketing unproven technologies to schools with the intention of preventing school shootings.

Guanajuato city hires private firm to beef up security  
Mexico News Daily |  07 June 2018
> The mayor of Salamanca, Guanajuato, has hired a private security company to bolster the city’s law enforcement capabilities amid an upsurge in violent crime.

Private protocols  
The News |  07 June 2018
> Not too long ago, private security guards were unheard of because the state provided security. Over the years, the state has stopped performing one of its primary duties: to provide security. As a result, private guards have been a necessity. This is a sad reflection of the state’s incompetence.

Longmont looks to private security to help patrol parks, parts of downtown this summer  
Daily Camera News |  06 June 2018
> Private security officers clad in khaki pants and gray shirts bearing the phrase "Longmont Welcoming Spaces Outreach Team" will begin patrolling parts of Longmont next week in a joint venture between the city and the Longmont Downtown Development Authority.

Launching This Month, On-Demand Private Security Platform Aims to Make Safety Easier and Cheaper  
Hypepotamus |  06 June 2018
> A climate where individuals feel increasingly uncertain about their own safety has led to private security guards outnumbering U.S. police officers.

New Fairfield plans school safety audits  
News Times |  05 June 2018
> A private security company will review safety at the district’s four schools this month to help investigate where improvements might need to be made.

Pandemonium as private security hold Commodore, journalists hostage  
The Sun |  05 June 2018
> There was pandemonium in the Atlas Cove area of Lagos as operatives of a private security outfit, Topline Security, reportedly engaged by the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) to guard its pipelines, threatened to kill naval personnel and journalists on site.

Drugs, guns seized from private Springfield security firm  
Fox 2 Now |  01 June 2018
> Officials say a drug enforcement team seized drugs and guns during a raid on a privately-run security firm in Springfield.

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