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Private Military/Security Companies 

Private Military Companies or Private Security Companies are a reality in 21st century conflicts all around the globe.  Often mistaken with their ancient predecessors (the so-called mercenaries), offer their protection/defensive services to both private and public clients, including NGOs, United Nations, aid agencies and goverments.

This site is a portal which offers news and articles on this topic. A controversial topic which gains more and more public attention due to their status as civilians and increasing casualties among this group of operators .

Together with the whole private security community we are crediting their sacrifice. Be it to their country, their client or asset to be protected or their buddies working at their side. 
The Contractor Recruitment Challenge
Business News
Posted by Michael Cohen

Last month, Secretary of Defense Gates announced plans to "increase the size of the defense acquisition workforce, converting 11,000 contractors and hiring an additional 9,000 government acquisition professionals by 2015 – beginning with 4,100 in FY10."

It's great to see the SecDef focused on the need to improve the acquisition workforce. But as David Isenberg points out this week, reading though the most recent SIGIR (Special Inspector General for Iraqi Reconstruction) report there is some reason for concern about whether these numbers can be met:
KBR Connected to Alleged Fraud, Pentagon Auditor Says
By Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writer - May 5, 2009

KBR, the Army's largest contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, is linked to "the vast majority" of suspected combat-zone fraud cases that have been referred to investigators, as well as a majority of the $13 billion in "questioned" or "unsupported" costs, the Pentagon's top auditor said yesterday.

In testimony before the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, April G. Stephenson, director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, said investigators have sent to the inspector general a total of 32 cases of suspected overbilling, bribery and other violations since 2004.
Pentagon auditor cites heavy fraud by contractor

A massive contract to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan received a withering review Monday, as a special panel investigating waste and fraud in wartime spending was told of numerous deficiencies in the arrangement that has paid KBR Inc. nearly $32 billion since 2001.

Testifying before the bipartisan Wartime Contracting Commission, April Stephenson, head of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, said her agency has referred at least 16 reports since 2004 of suspected fraud or improper conduct stemming from the contract to government investigators.
Triple Canopy, Obamas Blackwater

4 May 2009

Two private military contractorsThe next private military company to take over Blackwater’s contract in Iraq has an interesting history, operates worldwide and provides more than just personal security, Jody Ray Bennett writes for ISN Security Watch.By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch

After the announcement that Xe, the infamous private security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, would lose its US State Department contract to provide security services in Baghdad, there remained a degree of uncertainty as to which company, if any, would take over the job.

War zone contracting termed huge failure
By Robin Acton - TRIBUNE-REVIEW - Monday, May 4, 2009

Lt. Col. Dominic "Rocky" Baragona dreamed of making a million dollars, buying the house next door to his parents and taking care of them when he retired from the Army.

Six years after his death, the Ohio soldier's parents are due nearly five times the amount of their son's dream from a federal court decision against the foreign defense contractor found responsible for killing him in a May 19, 2003, traffic accident in Iraq. The 1982 West Point graduate was ejected when his Humvee was struck by a KGL truck driven by an Egyptian employee of the contractor.
Aussie plans anti-pirate mercenaries
Piracy & Maritime Security
April 28th 2009

 HE is the Red Adair of the Sydney seas - like the Texan who fought oil-well fires, Captain Brett Devine and his firm have handled some of Australia's largest ship salvage operations.

Now he has the pirates who are terrorising shipping lanes off the Somali coast in his sights.
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