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· Aegis Defence Services: >>GO BAE Systems : >>GO
· (Academi) Xe Services (formerly Blackwater Worldwide): >>GO
· Finmeccanica: >>GO · EADS: >>GO
· DynCorp International: >>GO · Fluor: >>GO
· G4S ( subsidiary ArmorGroup North America ): >>GO
· GardaWorld: >>GO · KBR: >>GO
· Inmarsat:>>GO  
· L-3 Communications: >>GO · QinetiQ: >>GO

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links to our associates ADVERSE PRIVATE FORCES

A dichotomy in the private realm has emerged whereby PMCs/PSCs legitimately work alongside state forces and multilateral actors while deterring or counteracting the predatory advances of Adverse Private Forces (APFs): terrorist organizations, rebels and insurgents, pirates, mafias, and drug trafficking organizations. Critical global security issues in which PAFs and PMCs find themselves involved are also covered in this new segment: e.g. Food Security, Climate Change, Conflict Minerals, Exploitation of the Arctic Region, the South China Sea Conflict, Child Soldiers, and Chemical Warfare.

RECENT ADDITIONS TO ADVERSE FORCES:

·INSURGENCY MIDDLE EAST: IRAQ CRISIS (June 6, 2014 - ongoing): Al-Qaeda snubs caliphate by renewing allegiance to Taliban, July 22, 2014 | Iraq leader Nouri al-Maliki 'rejected Iran's pressure to step down,' July 24, 2014: The Telegraph - live updates: MULTIMEDIA | Iraqi Christians in Mosul told by Isis to convert to Islam or be executed, July 24, 2014 | Isis militants blow up Jonah's tomb, July 24, 2014: The Guardian - live updates: MULTIMEDIA | BBC News Special Reports: Struggle for Iraq (last update July 10, 2014): Isis, Isil or Da'ish? What to call militants in Iraq, June 24, 2014 | Key players in Sunni rebellion, July 1, 2014 | Profile: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, July 5, 2014: MULTIMEDIA

· TERRORISM INDEX: U.S. Department of State. Country Reports on Terrorism 2013. Washington D.C., April 2014: (Browsable) HTML | PDF (full report) | Global terrorist death toll soars as attacks become deadlier, The Telegraph, July 23, 2014: TEXT | MAP
· TERRORISM ASIA: PAKISTAN: KARACHI'S JINNAH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ATTACK: Karachi airport under attack by militants – live updates. The Guardian, June 8, 2014: MULTIMEDIA | Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) claims attack. BBC News, June 12, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES

· TERRORISM AFRICA: al Shabaab militants kill 50 in Kenya, some during World Cup screening. Reuters, June 16, 2014: TEXT | VIDEO | Nigeria World Cup viewers hit by deadly bomb blast. At least 27 people are said to have been seriously injured. BBC News, June 18, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Djibouti La Chaumière restaurant suicide attack. Reuters, May 27, 2014: TEXT | NIGERIA: 200 Kidnapped Nigeria girls: British military plane deployed. BBC News, May 18, 2014: VIDEO | Nigerian military says location of girls known, but wary of using force. The Chicago Tribune, May 26, 2014: TEXT | Girl Power. Op ed by Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister, is United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. Project Syndicate, June 9, 2014: TEXT

·REBELLION / TERRORISM CHINA: Biggest attack in years kills 31 in China's troubled Xinjiang. By Michael Martina, Reuters, May 22, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE | VIDEOS | Chinese state media says five suicide bombers carried out Xinjiang attack. By Michael Martina, Reuters, May 23, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE | VIDEOS | KUNMING KNIFE MASACRE, March 1, 2014: Xinjiang separatists blamed for 'Chinese 9/11,' The Guardian, March 2, 2014: TEXT | VIDEO | Police say they have captured remaining suspects. The Guardian, March 3, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE

· CHEMICAL WARFARE: SYRIA: Syria Admits It Has Chemical Weapons. Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2013: TEXT | PHOTO | Syrian chemical attack used sarin and was worst in 25 years, says UN. The Guardian, September 17, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO | Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities. Reuters, October 31, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· TERRORISM EUROPE /RUSSIA : JEWISH MUSEUM ATTACK, BELGIUM: Brussels fatal gun attack at Jewish museum. BBC News, May 24, 2014: MULTIMEDIA |Brussels Jewish Museum shooting: suspect Mehdi Nemmouchewith Islamist links arrested. The Guardian, June 1, 2014: TEXT | CCTV IMAGE
· TERRORISM NORTH AMERICA : US-born 'jihadist rapper' Omar Hammami reportedly killed in Somalia.The Guardian, September 12, 2013: TEXT | PHOTO
· TERRORISM MIDDLE EAST: US seizes Benghazi raid 'ringleader' Ahmed Abu Khattala. BBC News, June 17, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES
· CRIME/REBELLION LATIN AMERICA: Sao Paulo violent protests on World Cup opening day as journalist 'injured' amid rubber bullets and stun grenades. The Telegraph, June 12, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | VIDEO
· ARCTIC EXPLOITATION: Russia Preparing Patrols of Arctic Shipping Lanes. The Telegraph, September 14, 2013: TEXT
· MILITARY COUPS: As it happened: Thailand coup. BBC News, May 22, 2014: MULTIMEDIA
· DRUG TRAFFICKING : UNODC chief says Afghan opium trade continues to grow. Stars and Stripes, October 30, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· CYBER CRIME: Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime Economic impact of cybercrime II. McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 2014: PDF (Full report) | PDF (Summary) | VIDEO on the CYBER CRIME page GO>>
· CYBER WARFARE: China's military to drill on digitalized forces: Xinhua, May 29, 2013: TEXT | US military tested using Twitter to profile civilians in anti-terror scheme. The Financial Times, August 21, 2013: TEXT

· MALI REBELLION : Hollande wins Unesco peace prize for Mali intervention: BBC News, June 5, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE | French President Hollande says war on terror won in Mali in speech at presidential inauguration celebration. Washington Post, September 19, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE | UN troops from Chad killed in Mali's Tessalit town. BBC News, Octobber 24, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

· SOUTH CHINA SEA CONFLICT: Philippines seeks US support in confrontation with China. The Financial Times, April 30, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE (of Sierra Madre ship)

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEWS & DEBATED ISSUES:
· Suicide bomber kills 4 security contractors at Afghan police compound. By JC Finley, UPI.com, July 22, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· DynCorp names S. Gordon Walsh new chief executive. By Amrita Jayakumar, The Washington Post, July 14, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· Into the Blue: Rethinking Maritime Security Insights from an ESRC sponsored Ideaslab on Maritime Security at Cardiff University, 26-27 June 2014. The Maritime Executive, July 11, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
·Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater. By James Risenjune, The New York Times, June 29, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· KBR's Use of Private Security Contractors During Operations in Iraq Reaffirmed; Company Will Seek $45 Million Plus Interest in Compensation for Services Rendered. MarketWatch, June 26, 2014: TEXT
· The obvious problem American embassies overlooked in security. Washington Examiner, June 17, 2014: TEXT | DOCUMENTS
· £100m military contract lined up for company (Sodexo) mired in racism allegations. The Guardian, June 18, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· U.S. companies pulling contractors from Iraqi bases as security crumbles. The Washington Post, June 12, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· Companies can spend millions on security measures to keep executives safe. The Washington Post, June 6, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance. The Guardian, June 6, 2014: TEXT | TABLE
· G4S security guards violently remove protesters from G4S's annual general meeting. The Guardian, June 5, 2014: TEXT | VIDEO
· ANGOLA: Angola: Private Security Firms Law Passed. AllAfrica, May 22, 2014: TEXT
· DynCorp Targets U.K. as Afghan Work Unwinds. Wall Street journal, May 12, 2014: TEXT
· US aided anti-terror raids in Yemen. Star and Stripes (USA Today), April 23, 2014: TEXT | MAP
· Dyncorp rolls out first 16 armoured personnel carriers for UN mission in Mali: DefenseWeb, March 31, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· DynCorp International and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Sign First Private Company Partnership to Support Families of Fallen Team Members: Business Wire, March 31, 2014: TEXT
· MH370: how Inmarsat homed in on missing Malaysia Airlines' flight. The Guardian, March 25, 2014: TEXT | VIDEO | MAP
· The Russian ‘Blackwater’ Takes Over Ukraine Airport: The Daily Beast, TEXT | PICTURE (Pinned)
· G4S repays UK government £108.9m after tagging scandal: BBC News, March 12, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· Triple Canopy Forms an Employee-Owned Company: TP Press Release, February 14, 2014: TEXT
· UK Police tackle cyber criminals using counter-terrorism techniques: The Financial Times, February 10, 2014: TEXT
· IRAQ: Basra invites British firm Aegis Defence Services back for security role: The Telegraph, January 3, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· Serco to pay UK government back £68.5m over tagging: BBC News, December 19, 2014: TEXT | PICTURE
· ICRC frets over rules for private security contractors. UPI, December 12, 2013: TEXT
· Report: Maritime Security Market to Grow by $5 Billion in 5 Years: Marex, December 6, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· INDIA: No decision yet on firearms for private security: Official: DNA India, 15 November, 2013: TEXT
· With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops: NPR, November 15, 2013: TEXT | AUDIO | PICTURE
· UN: Private Security to Earn $244B by 2016. AP, November 4, 2013: TEXT
· In Gentrified Oakland, Private Security Takes Hold. ColorLines, November 1, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· $21,000 Raised for Private Security in Oakland's Rockridge District. NBC, October 28, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· State Department Management Chief Under Fire for Statements on Kabul Security. GobExec, September 13, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE
· Republic of Benin Taps AdvanFort as First PMC to Provide Maritime Protection. Press Release, September 10, 2013: PDF
· IRAQ - 10 YEARS: Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war: Financial Times, March 18, 2013: GO>> | Turkey emerges as true Iraq war victor: FT.com (CNN), March 13, 2013 GO>> | MORE at out IRAQ 10 Years archive
G4S profits tumble on Olympics failings: The Guardian, March 13, 2012: GO>> | Further coverage at our G4S-Olympics Security news archive.
EADS-BAE: Universal Soldier EADS-BAE failed merger: EADS Rules Out New Merger Talks with BAE: Aviation International News, March 1, 2013 GO>> | MORE at our EADS-BAE news archive>>
· Israel and Palestine, amidst all the pain and the relentless battle. July 28, 2014: @PrivateMilitary.org | @WordPress
· UK Sanctions on Russia: raw and compromising evidence on defense exports. July 23, 2014: @WordPress
· 20,000 migrants reach Europe by boat in a day. July 5, 2014: @PrivateMilitary.org | @Blogger | @WordPress
· Iraq crisis and the rise of ISIL: the cost of failing to intervene in Syria. June 15, 2014:@PrivateMilitary.org | @Blogger | @WordPress
· High Energy Prices and Private Security: November 10, 2013: >>GO
· Private Military Serving Dogs: Octobber 26, 2013: >>GO
· Meet G4S, the Contractors Who Go Where Governments and Armies Can’t—or Won’t: By William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair, April 2014: GO>>
· Private Maritime Security Companies and Concerns for the Near Future: Maritime Executive, June 4, 2013: GO>>
· Automatic spending cuts - Sector Snap: Defense Contractors, Bloomberg Businessweek, March 6, 2013: GO>>

· G4S must bear the cost of its Olympic failure, say MPs in new report. UK Parliament, September 21, 2012: GO>>

· G4S-Olympics 2012 | UK Home Affairs Committee questions G4S on Olympic security: July 17: WEBCAST
· US House of Representatives: Warlord, Inc. Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, 22 June 2010: >>GO (htm) | PDF (3.14MB)
· DOD: 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Feb. 2010: >>GO
· Global 20 Leading Cyber Security Companies 2013: Competitive Landscape Analysis: PR Newswire, May 8 , 2013: GO>>
· Mandiant. APT1. Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units. February 19, 2013: PDF
· Hired Guns. Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom. RAND, 2010: GO>>
· G4S 'warned' over killer security guard Danny Fitzsimons. BBC, October 1, 2012: GO>>
· G4S-Olympics 2012 | UK Home Affairs Committee questions G4S on Olympic security: July 17: WEBCAST
· Simon Mann - Mercenary: BBC Hardtalk, 21 December, 2011 (available until Dec 26): >>GO

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Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. By Erik Prince, Portfolio Hardcover, November 18, 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

· 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. [1 edition, buy soon]

· Outsourcing Peace?: The United Nations' Use of Private Security and Military Companies. By Åse Gilje Østensen, VDM Verlag, 2009.

· Privatising Peace: A Corporate Adjunct to United Nations Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations. By Malcolm Hugh Patterson, Palgrave Macmillan, 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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