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Entries by David Isenberg from 10/2010

Taliban to PSC: How May We Serve You?

| Posted 10.01.2010 | Business

Today we have news straight out of Mario Puzo. It seems the Taliban made local Afghan private security contractors an offer they could not refuse. Y...

The Good and the Bad in Using PMC in the Iraq Drawdown

| Posted 10.03.2010 | Business

Two reports issued this past week by the Defense Department's Inspector General (IG) offers good and bad news regarding private military contractors (...

The Uncounted Contractors

| Posted 10.05.2010 | Business

When is the U.S. government going to get an accurate count of the private military and security contractors it employs in Iraq and Afghanistan? Apparently, not any time soon, according to a GAO report released last Friday.

Sloppy Language and Human Rights

| Posted 10.06.2010 | Business
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Last week, on Oct. 1, the U.N. Human Rights Council decided to establish a Working Group to elaborate a legally binding instrument on the regulation ...

A Hundred Billion Dollars Up in Smoke

| Posted 10.07.2010 | Business

It is a pity that last week's Senate Armed Services committee hearing on "Department of Defense Efficiencies Initiatives" did not get more coverage, a...

The Liability of Using a PMC to Do Foreign Police Training

| Posted 10.08.2010 | Business

Do the benefits of using any PMC for police training outweigh the costs? Some people, who have the credentials to back up their viewpoints, have their doubts.

PMSC and the Quest for Perfect Information

| Posted 10.09.2010 | Business

People often try to fit private military and security contractors into a binary construct. Either they are thinly veiled corporate mercenaries or they...

The Benefit of Using the UCMJ for Prosecuting PMC Crimes

| Posted 10.11.2010 | Business

It is common to complain that the while the use of private military contractors (PMC) has grown rapidly in the past decade, the legal apparatus to hol...

Max Weber was Wrong

| Posted 10.13.2010 | Business

Private military contractors get called all sorts of things and are categorized in an infinity of ways. But the idea that "American use of privatized ...

This Waste Really Hurts

| Posted 10.15.2010 | Business

As this is something I have written on previously it seems appropriate to note that today the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report ...

The Road to Effective PMC Regulation Is Pitted With Good Intentions

| Posted 10.17.2010 | Business

A governance gap (i.e. absence of national or international accountability) has emerged whereby PMCs are increasingly violating international humanitarian law ("IHL") and are rarely being held accountable.

Let's Have Reality Based Discussion on PSC Use

| Posted 10.18.2010 | Business

Periodically I am contacted by a radio or television show booker to see if I can talk about private security contractors in Iraq or Afghanistan. Often...

Let's Tell It Like It Is

| Posted 10.20.2010 | Business

I have, on occasion, in the past been critical of IPOA (formerly the International Peace Operations Association and now the Association of the Stabil...

An Officer of the (KBR) Court

| Posted 10.21.2010 | Business

I have written before on the lawsuit by National Guardsman against KBR regarding the alleged their poisoning by exposure to sodium dichromate at Qarma...

Qarmat Ali AND KBR, Redux

| Posted 10.22.2010 | Business

Holy KBR, Batman. Will this fiendish clown prince of corporate cupidity ever cease and desist? Excellent question, Boy Wonder. I fear that as long ...

Be Careful What You Ask For

| Posted 10.24.2010 | Business

Remember those comparatively long ago, rather naïve, days when former Senator Hillary Clinton was running for President and cosponsored legislation c...

Sergio Leone on PMC

| Posted 10.25.2010 | Business

Earlier this month I mentioned past congressional testimony by Colonel T. X. Hammes (USMC - Ret.), Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Stra...

International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers

| Posted 10.26.2010 | Business

I had briefly mentioned the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers when I wrote about the recent IPOA annual summit. Bu...

At Least They're Not Doing Vodka Butt Shots Anymore

| Posted 10.29.2010 | Business

It seems like it was just yesterday, although it was actually just a bit over a year ago, that the media was buzzing about the drunken hazing rituals...

Admiral Bob's Global Security: The Future of PSC?

| Posted 10.30.2010 | Business

Today is a two for one day. Not only do we look at a law journal article, one of my favorite hobbies, but we also indulge one of my favorite obsession...

We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

| Posted 10.31.2010 | Business

One of the perennial assumptions in the never ending debate about outsourcing and privatization is that doing so is more cost-effective. Don't believe...