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last updated 09-Jul-2020

List / Directory of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs), another way to refer to Private Military Companies (contractors, 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 firms. To examine further the horizontal and vertical integration of the business as well as inevitable overlaps, please explore our service sector and thematic directories.

PMCs: P - Z

Pacific Architects & Engineers. PAE has grown from designing bridges to installing offshore oil platforms to supplying entire labor forces to maintaining extensive military installations and bases. [Information retrieved from Overview & History on 27 October 2003]:

- PAE Government Services Inc.:

Pilgrim Elite. Pilgrim Elite Ltd. was formed in 1999 by ex members of UK Special Forces Group, specifically 22 Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS) and 14 Intelligence Company (14 Int or The Det), in order to use their specialist skills to provide fast and effective solutions to a number of global security concerns. [Retrieved from About Us on 30 August 2005]:

> Capabilities and Tasks: click here

Pistris. The waters of the world are wrought with danger. Terrorism, piracy and assault at sea are constant threats to the maritime professional. Pistris provides services specializing in all manner of maritime operations - including coastal and riverine warfare, law enforcement, waterborne special operations, maritime antiterrorism and rescue. [Information retreieved from About Pistris, Inc. on 1 June 2005]:

> Training > Security > Special Services > Research, Development, Test & Evaluation

Private Security Company Association of Iraq. PSCAI is a non-profit organization formed and maintained to discuss and address matters of mutual interest and concern to the industry conducting operations in Iraq:

PSCAI Members: click here

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REDfour. REDfour offer tailor made covert risk management solutions that replicate surroundings and blend in unnoticed, offering increased security from likely predators. [Information retrieved from home on 5 April 2005]:

Ronco Consulting Corporation. A leading international professional services firm specializing in Humanitarian Demining Assistance, Procurement Services, Agribusiness and Private Sector Development, and Financial Markets Consulting. [Information retrieved from Home on 29 October 2003]:

> Mine/UXO Clearance > Security Services > Environmental Remediation > Post-Conflict Operations

Sandline International. Sandline WAS a Private Military Company (PMC) focusing on conflict resolution. The company worked worldwide and was resourced by professionals with many years of operational experience at senior rank within first world armies. [Information retrieved from home page on 17 October 2003]:

SECOPEX. A corporation of former military leaders from the french special and elite forces and high graduated civilian experts, is one of the french's leading professional services companies engaged in defence, security and organizational programs in France and overseas. [Information retrieved from Who we are on 3 January 2005]:

Top Aces. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air and the prime supplier of Airborne Training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force. We deliver cost effective, leading edge, tactical aviation solutions to the Canadian Forces. Our support ensures there are qualified Forward Air Controllers ready for operations in Afghanistan, that CF-18 pilots are mission ready for both their NORAD role and deployed operations, and that Canadian warships are ready to defend against a variety of airborne threats. [Information retrieved from Overview on 31 August 2010]:

> Aviation Solutions > Aircraft Fleet

Trojan Securities International. Trojan Securities was established by former British elite military personnel with associated United States special operations counterparts, providing a wide range of very specialized global services. [Information retrieved from Home on 10 December 2004]:

> Security Services > Training Services

Triple Canopy. Triple Canopy provides legal, ethical and moral security solutions that enable our clients to excel globally in challenging environments. [Information retrieved from About Triple Canopy, Inc. on 1 May 2005]:

> Security Services > Security Assessments > Training

Universal Guardian Holdings. Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. From strategic and tactical security services, business risk solutions, integrated and interoperable security systems, to non-lethal defense products, Universal Guardian group of companies cover a broad spectrum of security applications for government and multi-national businesses on every continent. [Information retrieved from Home (UGH) on 1 August 2005]:

> Tactical Security Services > Security Consultancy > Insured Security Services

SecureRisks. SecureRisks is a London based global counterterrorism, security, training and business risk solutions group providing practical business risk solutions, tactical security and critical infrastructure protection in today's most challenging threat environments:

Strategic Security Solutions International. SSSI is a world-wide based security company providing Business Protection Advice and Services to Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 Companies:

• Vinnell Corporation. Vinnell is a recognized leader in facilities operation and maintenance, military training, educational and vocational training, and logistics support in the United States and overseas.[Information retrieved from Home on 17 October 2003]:


XE (Xe Services, LLC) - Historical record kept for research purposes
COMPANY OVERVIEW - This defunct corporate identity was the forerunner of Blackwater Worldwide. As of September 2010 the company described itself as the provider of innovative private sector solutions to U.S. government and non-U.S. government clients: We deliver custom solutions through the integration of four core competencies: Tactical Training, High-Risk Security, High-Risk Logistics, and Crisis Management. Headquartered in Moyock, North Carolina, Xe is also home to the largest private training center in the United States: U.S. Training Center (USTC). This facility is comprised of many unique training ranges, special tactical training areas, and other training support activity centers.
CORPORATE HISTORY - As of December 2010, the website established that Xe was 'Founded in 1997, we were initially envisioned as a basic training facility to support the needs of local and regional law enforcement personnel. Today, we are capable of providing much more. Since our inception, we have expanded this corporate vision, empowering a talented collection of seasoned professionals from a wide range of disciplines and directing them to develop cost-efficient and operationally effective solutions for the U.S. government and other clientele.' To learn more about XE, see also ACADEMI and BLACKWATER
SERVICES / CAPABILITIES - CORE COMPETENCIES: > Tactical Training > High-Risk Security > High-Risk Logistics > Crisis Management
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[ Information retrieved and updated from the company's website in September-December 2010]



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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