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Private Military Security Contractors

Sergio Leone on PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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

Let's Tell It Like It Is

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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

PMSC and the Quest for Perfect Information

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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

The Liability of Using a PMC to Do Foreign Police Training

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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.

The Uncounted Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

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.

Different Strokes for Different PMC Users

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

A student thesis paper published in March by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School examines problems that states face when using private military compani...

Putting the Lawyers in Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Doubtlessly, Warren Zevon and writer of the legendary song, Lawyers, Guns and Money, would appreciate this, if he were still alive. By now you may ha...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Oversee, Don't Account

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

When, on Sep. 21, Senate Democrats failed, due to Republican opposition, to get the required 60 votes needed to put a referendum on the military's "do...

The State Department Takes Charge: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held an important and under covered hearing entitled ""Transition in Iraq: Is the State Department Prepared to Take the Lead?"

How Far They've Come, How Far They Have To Go

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Two new reports give us a detailed look at how far private military and security contractors have come and how far they have to go in terms of ensurin...

Another False Ending: Contracting Out the Iraq Occupation

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

With a number of fundamental questions left unanswered and legal loopholes left open, thousands more armed contractors will soon be filing into Iraq, onto the streets where Iraqis work, study and go about their everyday lives.

Are IPOA, BAPSC and PSCAI Complicit or Just Irrelevant?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Today we consider the work of Surabhi Ranganathan. She is a PhD Candidate, Cambridge University, a graduate of the New York University Law School and ...

Hardly an Unalloyed Virtue: PMSC in Afghanistan

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The recent news that President Hamid Karzai has ordered a four-month phase out of all private military and security companies (PMSC) in Afghanistan ha...

Thinking Outside the Nationalist Box: PMC and International Humanitarian Law

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It may be hard to believe, given all the attention paid to the issue of legal accountability of private military contractors in recent years that ther...

MPRI Couldn't Read Minds: Let's Sue Them

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The interesting news today is that MPRI, one of the earliest U.S. private military contractors, albeit one that has operated strictly in a training c...

Cost vs. Oversight: There's The Rub

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Private military and security contractor supporters often assert that they are more cost effective than their government counterparts. It is true the...

Riding Herd on Cowboys in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In the perpetual debate over legal accountability of, and prosecution if necessary, of private military and security contractors one often sees the ar...

PMC and Wikileaks

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In all the ritualistic handwringing, gnashing of teeth, and wailing about the release of the Wikileaks documents, there has been a curious lack of discussion of the role of private military and security contractors.

Washington Rules and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Isenberg

Andrew Bacevich is author of several meticulously documented books on American geopolitical ambitions. In terms of street credibility, Bacevich has tons more than the average commentator on the issue.

The Latest on Contractors From SIGIR

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

The latest Quarterly Report to Congress from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has been released. The following are...

When Just Following Orders is Good Enough

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In my last post, while discussing a law journal article on how to prosecute a PMC should one commit an act of torture, I touched on the Nuremberg defe...

Speaking Hypothetically: What to Do When a PMC Tortures

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's just suppose for a moment, speaking hypothetically, that a private military contractor engaged in acts of torture. I write "hypothetically" beca...

The State Department Looks for Bliss

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Hmm, what's the word I'm looking for; happiness, gladness, delight, joy, cheer, glee, rapture, elation, euphoria, ecstatic...? Wait, here it is, BLISS...

Out of Sight Should Not Mean Out of Mind

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Last month, Professor Michael H. LeRoy published a study that examined the legal remedies that are available for soldiers and their civilian counterparts who are injured or killed in war zones.

Fitting a Square PMC Into a Round IHL

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

As I have noted previously, trying to apply International Humanitarian law (IHL) to private contractors is often extremely difficult. There is, of c...