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Sié Chéou-Kang CenterPrivate Security Monitor

Tim Hall, a contractor for the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron, carries a UAV in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Hall is one of the main operators for the flying aerial surveillance missions over Iraq in support of the ground troops.

National Regulations

United States

The United States is the world's largest consumer of private military and security services and has a long history of contracting with the private sector. Because of the widespread use of private military and security contractors within the U.S. government, regulation and oversight is diffuse, split among Congress, federal agencies, and specially-created oversight commissions. Private military and security contractors are subject to a complex set of laws and regulations, and their activities are reviewed and reported on by more than 20 federal oversight bodies and committees. Many U.S. regulations are new and respond to concerns generated by the U.S. government's use of private military and security contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This section contains a comprehensive collection of laws and regulations that direct the U.S. government's overseas use of private military and security contractors, and the audits, hearings, and reports concerning PMSCs issued by U.S. government agencies and committees. Also included in the "Federal Laws" section are U.S. statutes that establish the legal liability of overseas government contractors and their personnel for criminal and tortuous acts committed outside the United States.

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Research & Oversight Bodies

U.S. Senate and House Committee Testimony and Reports