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This is our news archive. Find here news articles and special reports focusing on Private Military and/or Security Contractors (companies, firms) and the privatization of security, broadly. This page covers the period of 2010 to today. We generally list free-access articles. If any item interests you, save it or print it before you have to pay for it. URLs change frequently, though the citation given was accurate at the time the item was added to the archive. Please use the menu options below to search for other news media outlets and/or articles published before 2010.
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Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Canada: Department of Nacional Defense (DND) looks to privatize management of properties and installations. The plan, signed off Dec. 20 by Deputy Minister Robert Fonberg and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, is the department’s answer to concerns raised by the Auditor General Michael Ferguson about crumbling and aging military infrastructure. By David Pugliese, January 28, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE




Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (US)

Companies agree to first union deal for Pittsburgh security guards. The deal, which went into effect Oct. 1 after six months of negotiations and a yearlong organizing effort, boosts hourly wages for employees by $1.95 to $11.75 over the course of the three-year contract. By Daniel Moore, October 7, 2015: TEXT | PICTURE



Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI: Russia)

Bill on private military companies submitted to Russian parliament - report. A Just Russia party member Gennady Nosovko has submitted a bill on private military companies (PMCs) to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, whereby mployees of Russian PMCs would be authorized to provide armed escort of ships; train security forces; assist with mine clearing, protection of officials and facilities; take part in “alternative settlement of armed conflicts,”according to the bill. October 23, 2014: TEXT

Bill on private military companies under consideration – Russian MP. A group of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) has already laid out its own bill on PMCs which was submitted to the Pskov Region Assembly for consideration. June 27, 2014: TEXT


• Reuters

Apollo pauses plans to sell security firm Constellis: sources. Apollo Global Management has halted plans to sell U.S. military security services business Constellis after talks with Canada's Garda World Security Corp broke down, according to people familiar with the matter. By Joshua Franklin and Mike Stone, June 14, 2018: TEXT

Finmeccanica looks to rebuild India ties after former head convicted. Prosecutor Eugenio Fusco had accused Chairman and CEO Giuseppe Orsi and former AgustaWestland head Bruno Spagnolini of paying tens of millions of euros to Indian officials. By Emilio Parodi Busto Arsizio, October 9, 2014: TEXT

Whistleblower alerted L-3 to accounting misconduct. The sources said the latest misconduct stemmed from a single fixed-price contract for maintenance and logistics support with the U.S. military that began in December 2010 and runs through January 2015. July 31, 2014: TEXT

U.S. says KBR boosted cost of trailers for troops in Iraq. Filed in the U.S. District Court in Rock Island, Illinois, the latest lawsuit alleges that KBR-hired subcontractor First Kuwaiti Trading Co inflated its crane, truck and driver costs and misrepresented delays on the installation of trailers. By Nate Raymond, November 19, 2012: click here

As Iraq, Afghan wars end, private security firms adapt. "This industry has always gone up and down," Doug Brooks, president of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), told Reuters on the sidelines of its annual conference in Washington. By Peter Apps, October 21, 2012: click here

Iraq seeks to clamp down on security contractors. Iraq's government intends to impose tough restrictions on private security companies to rein in what amounts to a "giant army" threatening the country's stability, a senior security official said. By Suadad al-Salhy February 8, 2012: click here

World has more private security guards than police. The private security industry is growing rapidly around the globe and employs twice as many people as governments have police officers, according to an authoritative report issued on Wednesday. By Robert Evans, July 7, 2011: click here

G4S wins Lincolnshire (UK) police deal, more work awaits. $313.28 million contract to run services such as IT, custody and training for Lincolnshire Police Authority in a deal that could lead to billions of pounds of work with other forces. By Neil Maidment, December 21, 2011: click here

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai extends private security closure deadline. Karzai scrapped on Sunday a March 2012 deadline he had set for the closure of private security firms, giving them until September 2013 to operate in the country. By Mirwais Harooni, December 11, 2011: click here

Mercenaries joining both sides in Libya conflict. Gaddafi using more private contractors than rebels; Westerners turning up near front lines; U.S. secret operations still very low key. By Mark Hosenball, June 2, 2011: click here

US lawmakers offended by spike in Afghan guards' cost. Afghan government requiring USAID projects to switch to Afghan security. Afghan government requiring USAID projects to switch to Afghan security: By Susan Cornwell, March 29, 2012: click here


• ReliefWeb

Scenarios for the Future of Peace Operations. While the UN would still play a role in the implementation of or in support to parts of such missions, as well as in coordination, large parts of missions would be outsourced. By Jaïr van der Lijn, IPI Global Observatory, Reprinted by ReliefWeb, May 12, 2021: TEXT | PHOTO



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