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Top-ten books
The Markets for Force. Privatization of Security Across World Regions. Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn (eds), Penn Press, February 2015. About the book | Table of contents | About the authors
The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies. By James Pattison, Oxford University Press, August 2014.
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. By Erik Prince, Portfolio Hardcover, November 2013.
Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness. By Molly Dunigan, Stanford Security Studies, 2011.
Private Armed Forces and Global Security: A Guide to the Issues. By Carlos Ortiz, Praeger, March 2010. About the book I Table of contents | flyer | Kindle edition | PMCs and private security cast anew: MORE>> Private Armed Forces book cover
States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security. By Elke Krahmann, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Private Security Contractors and New Wars: Risk, Law, and Ethics. By Kateri Carmola, Routledge, 2010.
Halliburton's Army: How a Well-Connected Texas Oil Company Revolutionized the Way America Makes War. By Pratap Chatterjee, Nation Books, 2009.
Executive Outcomes. Against all Odds. By Eeben Barlow, Galago, 2007. About the book | About Barlow and EO
Private Military and Security Companies. Chances, Problems, Pitfalls and Prospects. Edited by J. Thomas, and K. Gerhard. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2007. About the book | Chapter outline
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In the spotlight:
– Mission to airlift Jews out of Yemen heralds the end of one of oldest Jewish communities. The Independent, March 21, 2016: TEXT | PICTURES
– Leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo justifies importing ‘mercenaries' to Ghana. GhanaWeb, March 22, 2016: TEXT | PICTURE
– Security firms see China link to ‘smash and grab’ ransomware attacks, possibly by disgruntled spies. Reuters, Japan Times, March 15, 2016: TEXT
– Boeing is the big winner from David Cameron's defence review. The Telegraph, November 23, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES
– G4S could run 999 controls of three major British police forces (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire). The Telegraph, November 4, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE
– U.S. Port-of-entry demands have fueled private partnerships for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Federal Times, November 4, 2015: TEXT
– Maltese firm denies private armoury with a 200-strong contingent in the Maldives. Times of Malta, November 3, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE
– Companies agree to first union deal for Pittsburgh security guards.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 7, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE
– Refugee camps are the "cities of tomorrow", says humanitarian-aid expert: De Zeen, November 23, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES
– Erik Prince Proposes a Pentagon Makeover. Newsweek, December 2, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
·– Meet G4S, the Contractors Who Go Where Governments and Armies Can’t—or Won’t: By William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair, April 2014: GO>>

– (UK) National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom. London, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, November 2015 (Cm 9161): PDF | Launch page: HTML

– (U.S.) Quadrennial Defense Reviews 2014. Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014: PDF | 2014 QDR Fact Sheet (PDF)
– Boeing. X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 3rd Flight. The unmanned spacecraft concludes record-setting 674-day mission. October 17, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES
– Simon Mann - Mercenary: BBC Hardtalk, December 21, 2011: TEXT | AUDIO
Adverse Private Forces
A dichotomy in the private realm has emerged whereby PMCs/PSCs legitimately collaborate with state forces and multilateral actors. These 'security partnerships'(*) deter and counteract the predatory advances of Adverse Private Forces or APFs such as International Terrorist Organizations, Rebels and Insurgents, Pirates, Mafias, and Drug Trafficking Organizations. More >>
(*) Based on argument put forward in Private Armed Forces and Global Security.
Recent additions to APFs:
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BELGIUM: TERRORIST ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS AIRPORT AND METRO:Brussels attacks: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says Brussels attacker Ibrahim El Bakraou deported in 2015. Reuters, March 23, 2016: TEXT | PICTURE | MORE>>
FRANCE: NOVEMBER 2015 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN PARIS: | Timeline of Paris attacks according to public prosecutor. Reuters, November 14, 2015: TEXT | MORE>>
CHARLIE HEBDO SHOOTINGS: Automatic rifles used in Paris attacks traced to shop in Slovakia The Telegraph, February 18, 2015: MULTIMEDIA | MORE>>
RUSSIA: Putin creates new National Guard in Russia 'to fight terrorism'. BBC News, April 6, 2016: TEXT | PICTURE
TERRORISM ASIA: PAKISTAN: EASTER BOMBING: Mostly women and children killed in Lahore Easter bombing by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: eNews Channel Africa, March 28, 2016: TEXT | SOCIAL MEDIA
TERRORISM > AL-QAEDA: IVORY COAST: GRAND BASSAM ATTACK: 16 dead in Grand Bassam beach resort attack. BBC News, March 14, 2016: MULTIMEDIA | The Re-Emergence of AQIM in Africa. AllAfrica, March 20, 2016: TEXT | MORE>>
TERRORISM > AFRICA: EGYPT: Bomb by Islamic State likely caused Russian plane crash: security sources. Reuters, November 4, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE || MALI: Security Forces in Mali Free All Hostages From Luxury Hotel. AllAfrica, November 20, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE
TERRORISM > MIDDLE EAST: YEMEN: Suicide bombers kill 137 in Yemen mosque attacks. Reuters, March 20, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES | Out of Yemen, U.S. Is Hobbled in Terror Fight After the evacuation of 125 US Special Operations advisers. The New York Times, March 22, 2015: TEXT | PICTURES
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— The Theory of Shock and Awe: Anarchism and Terrorism Taken to the Extreme. November 19, 2015: @WordPress
— The refugee exodus into Europe: a preventable crisis and the inevitable demographic revolution. September 17, 2015: | @WordPress
— The Strange Case of the UK General Election 2015: A State Without a Vision of State Security. May 6, | @WordPress

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Selected conferences & events
· Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 (CTX 2015): London, UK, April 19-20, 2016: MORE>>
· SECUREX South Africa 2016: Johannesburg, South Africa, May 24-26, 2016: MORE>>
· Mast (Maritime Systems and Technologies) 2016: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 21-23, 2016: MORE>>
· IFSEC International 2016 - Commercial & Government Security: London, ExCeL, June 21-23, 2016: MORE>>
· 11th anniversary of 7/7: July 7, 2016. The national silence will take place at 11:30 BST | 10th anniversary: The British nation remembers the 7/7 bombing victims at St Paul's Cathedral: MORE>>
· Remembrance day: A day in honor of our fallen heroes! 11 November 2016: MORE >>
· ISSE (Information Security Solutions Europe) 2016: Securing Future European Business: Paris, France, November 15-16, 2016: MORE>>
· Underwater Defence & Security 2017: Portsmouth, UK, January 24-26, 2017: MORE>>
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