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last updated 14-Jul-2020
 
 
  This page focuses on a selected list of organizations and corporate identities representing reputable Private Military Contractors (companies, firms) or PMCs: living in an era characterized by both the broader diversification and deeper specialization of the private military/security sector, we overcome this corporate conundrum by focusing primarily on the core capabilities of these groups of companies. To examine further the horizontal and vertical integration of the business as well as inevitable overlaps, please explore our service sector and thematic directories.  
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CONSTELLIS (Constellis Holdings LLC)
COMPANY OVERVIEW - Constellis combines the legacy capabilities and experience of ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Olive Group, Centerra, OMNIPLEX, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social and all of their affiliates. The consolidation of companies under the Constellis name allows our customers to rely on a single partner and project experience that spans the globe. Our forward-thinking services span a broad range of synergistic solutions, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training capabilities, logistics and life support, UAV systems, global tracking technology, fire protection and medical services, information security services and crisis response mitigation.
CORPORATE HISTORY -

Constellis was formed in 2010 by a group of operators and investors who sought to combine best-in-class brands, assets and people within the complex risk management industry. The Constellis family of companies has grown since formation to include well established companies including ACADEMI, Triple Canopy, Centerra, AMK9, Edinburgh International, Strategic Social, OMNIPLEX, and Olive Group. Apollo Global Management, a private equity group, acquired Constellis in 2016

SERVICES / CAPABILITIES -

Constellis services span a broad range of solutions, including background investigations, social intelligence tools, advanced training capabilities, logistics and life support, UAV systems, global tracking technology, fire protection and medical services, information security services and crisis response mitigation.

URL(s) - https://constellis.com/ https://www.apollo.com/
[ Information retrieved and updated from the firm's website in July 2020]

 

international Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
GROUP OVERVIEW - ISOA is the only worldwide association representing the stability sector exclusively and effectively. Through our partnerships, engagement, and advocacy, corporate members work together with key organizations and government policy makers for long-term stability and growth in the world's most unstable places
CORPORATE HISTORY -

ISOA was founded in April 2001 as the International Peace Operations Association, or IPOA, by Doug Brooks after returning from Sierra Leone. While in Africa, Brooks collaborated with a group of NGOs, lawyers and humanitarian organizations to codify some basic principles on how the private sector could be ethically utilized in humanitarian and peace operations worldwide. This document became the founding document of ISOA - the ISOA Code of Conduct. Alonside this legacy and to reflect the monumental change in membership since early 2001, the phrase "peace operations” was found to be too limited and thus the name change to ISOA ("stability operations").

SERVICES / CAPABILITIES -

ISOA membership aim to protect during conflict, deliver aid in disaster, build homes during recovery, train police and strengthen governance in the wake of tragedy. To learn more, visit their membership page: https://stability-operations.org/page/Members

URL(s) - https://stability-operations.org/ / http://www.ipoaonline.org/ (inactive now)
[ Information retrieved and updated from the association's website in July 2020]
Visit the IPOA CORNER and browse IPOA publications

 

Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG)
GROUP OVERVIEW - SCEG is a Special Interest Group of ADS Group Limited for security and risk companies committed to the development and implementation of international standards for the private security and crisis management sector. SCEG are a contributor to the activities of the International Code of Conduct Association, which has evolved from the declaration of the Montreux Document of 2008, now ratified by over 50 countries. Affiliate Members of SCEG include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Transport, both of whom are members of the Executive Committee.
CORPORATE HISTORY -

On June 21, 2011, the UK Government announced via a Foreign and Commonwealth Office written ministerial statement their decision to appoint ADS as the Government’s partner in developing and implementing UK national standards for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). For such purposes, ADS established upon the announcement the Security in Complex Environments Group as a special interest group open to all UK-based PMSCs who have signed the International Code of Conduct on regulation for Private Security Providers.

SERVICES / CAPABILITIES -

The broad range or private military and security capabilities of SCEG family of companies can be assessed by visiting the membership page: https://www.sceguk.org.uk/members/

URL(s) - https://www.sceguk.org.uk/ https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/
[ Information retrieved and updated from the group's website and Hansard transcripts in July 2020]
Visit the PHILANTROPY page, where you will find some relief activities in which PMCs/PSCs have been engaged

 


Listing preserved for historical/research purposes
British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC)
ASSOCIATION OVERVIEW - BAPSC worked to promote the interests and regulate the activities of UK based firms that provide armed defensive security services in countries outside the UK.
CORPORATE HISTORY -

Launched in February 2006, the formation of the association stemmed from the realisation amongst a number of leading UK private security firms that there was an urgent need to raise standards of operation and advocate self regulation. BAPSC flourished under the leadership of Andy Bearpark, who prior to to taking up his position as Director General served as Director of Operations and Infrastructure for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq. BAPSC went dormant shortly after the UK Government selected ADS as the preferred partner to implement regulatory standards for the UK industry.

SERVICES / CAPABILITIES -

Membership of the BAPSC was restricted to UK based security firms providing armed security services overseas. To learn more, visit their membership page: https://bapsc.org.uk/membership-list_of_members.asp

URL(s) - https://bapsc.org.uk/ As of July 2020 the website remained active, though last updated in 2011.
[ Information last updated from the association's website in July 2020]

 

 

This is a sample list. While some of the entities listed above are key players and/or have been discussed in the debate on the topic, some other are emerging entities or have been incorporated into the list by request. For further information on a particular company, service, or unit, please contact the respective source.
 

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