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PMSC News Reports

Media reports play a critical role both in informing the public and as resource for academic work on the private military and security industry. Because journalists base their reports on a variety of sources, including employees, industry sources, and personal observations, their reports often provide an on-the-ground picture of firms' behavior that is lacking in many of other reports.

The Private Security Monitor's media project aggregates recent media reports into a single feed of the most up to date news articles on private security. After one month articles will retire into our news archives. Importantly, PSM exercises some editorial selectivity in articles, both in type of publication and in the topics presented. As such, this page is not a complete archive of all articles published, but a resource for the most relevant stories issued in the past month.

For those seeking in-depth, investigative journalism, view the investigative reports section at the bottom of this page. Separate from general media articles, these reports provide more extensive analysis on PMSCs from a journalist's perspective.

Recent News

Security contracts for Transbay Transit Center approved ahead of opening  
San Francisco Examiner |  16 January 2018
> San Francisco has approved contracts for police and private security guards to patrol the Transbay Transit Center, including a team to interact with homeless persons.

Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia's Serb separatists  
The Guardian |  12 January 2018
> Russian-trained mercenaries are helping to establish a paramilitary unit serving the Serb separatist leader in Bosnia, it was reported in Sarajevo on Friday. The report on the Žurnal news site, which was confirmed by the Bosnian security minister, comes at a time of mounting western anxiety about Russian efforts to destabilise the Balkans and resist Nato enlargement in the region.

Zimbabwe cancels security detail for Grace Mugabe and her three children  
Business Day |  11 January 2018
> The withdrawal of state security is likely to force the Mugabes to turn to the services of private security companies to provide them with protection.

Dakota Access Private Security Firm Set for October Trial  
U.S. News |  09 January 2018
> A private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will on go trial in the fall for allegedly operating in North Dakota without a license. North Dakota's Private Investigative and Security Board sued North Carolina-based TigerSwan last June. Court documents show a five-day trial has been scheduled beginning Oct. 8.

Trump threats won’t change US-Pak dynamic  
The Asian Age |  07 January 2018
> For one, the U.S. remains heavily involved in Afghanistan: NATO, largely the U.S., has around 16,000 troops still based in Afghanistan. The number of private military contractors is usually a multiple.

Over 5,000 foreign mercenaries deported from Turkey – president  
Azer News |  05 January 2018
> As part of the fight against the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group, 5,600 foreign mercenaries were deported from Turkey, the Turkish media quoted the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying on January 5.

Putin's Goals in Syria Went Beyond Saving Assad  
Bloomberg |  04 January 2018
> Something Gerasimov doesn't say is that Russia also tested a private military company based in southern Russia, Wagner, which provided critical ground support to Assad's forces and, according to independent research, bore the brunt of the losses. The mercenaries weren't invited to the Kremlin to receive medals for Syria, but they are a mainstay of Russia's modern military strategy and a big help in deflecting the political fallout that usually comes with military casualties.

South Africa: Bail Bids Reveal Underworld Tentacles Dig Deep and Stretch Across SA Border  
All Africa |  04 January 2018
> During Veroni's bail application, Sergeant Edward Edwardes, who is involved in police investigations of the underworld, testified that TSG was at the forefront of taking over nightclub security operations from a more established grouping. He had testified that many of TSG's security guards were not registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (Psira).

Equatorial Guinea declares it has thwarted a ‘coup’  
Business Day |  03 January 2018
> In a statement read on public radio, security minister Nicolas Obama Nchama said: "Mercenaries ... were recruited by Equatorial Guinean militants from certain radical opposition parties with the support of certain powers." The plot had been prevented thanks to an operation carried out "in collaboration with the Cameroon security services".

Private Soldiers Are Increasingly Fighting Russia’s Battles in Syria and Beyond  
World Politics Review |  03 January 2018
> Thousands of Russian private military contractors are reportedly fighting in Syria, and there are increasing reports about such contractors being killed in action. Despite a Russian ban on the use of mercenaries, Moscow has turned to private military contractors as part of its assertive foreign policy.

Putin's final presidential campaign will be banking on military victories in Syria and Crimea  
The National |  02 January 2018
> For Russian voters, therefore, what has happened in Syria is a victory. The military aims have been fulfilled – albeit at a heavy, brutal price for ordinary Syrians and with the virtual destruction of large parts of Aleppo – and the human costs to Russia's troops have been manageable. Officially 16 soldiers died in Syria last year, a number that, when the private military contractors the Kremlin is using are factored in, is thought to be many times higher.

Authorities Declare 'Private Security Zone' in 30 Places in Eastern Turkey  
NRT |  01 January 2018
> Turkish authorities announced ‘private security zone” in 30 places in the province of Tunceli eastern Turkey due to military operations. Tunceli governorate said in a statement on Sunday (December 31) that the center of the city and four districts including 25 areas and villages in the province would be affected by the “private security zone” for 15 days, Yeni Safak reported.

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Investigative Reports

African Defence Review

African Defence Review is a dynamic news organisation focused on African security. It provides the most detailed and comprehensive news and commentary of issues on the African continent.


BBC Reports

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a publically funded news and entertainment company in the United Kingdom. The BBC produces daily news programs as well as in depth investigative reports.


The Center for Investigative Reporting

The Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit, non-partisan news organization based in Berkeley, California. The Center specializes in in-depth reporting on current issues.


David Isenberg

Author and commentator David Isenberg frequently reports on PMSC issues, including almost daily entries on the Huffington Post.

Federal News Radio

Federal News Radio is a radio news station focused upon stories, news and analysis relevant for U.S. federal government agencies and those who do business with government agencies. It is non-partisan.


National Public Radio

National Public Radio (NPR) creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 959 independent stations.


The New Yorker

The New Yorker is a weekly print magazine dedicated to the arts, politics, current events and investigative journalism.



PBS is a private non-profit broadcaster in the United States. It primarily produces educational programming for children and documentary features for adults. 



ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.


The Washington Post

The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in the Washington, DC area and a central reporter on domestic policy issues in the United States. The post produces multiple investigative pieces each year that focus on different aspects of the U.S. government and its agencies.