MERCENARIES UNLEASHED: BRITAIN IS GLOBAL LEADER IN PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


MERCENARIES UNLEASHED: BRITAIN IS GLOBAL LEADER IN PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY

In the years since the declaration of a ‘war on terror’ and the invasions of first Afghanistan and then Iraq, the world has witnessed an enormous proliferation of private military and security companies (PMSCs) seeking to profit from instability and conflict. Hundreds of companies have been established in the past few years alone, and there now exists a vast private industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Sadly, rather than introducing binding regulation of the industry, the British government has decided to allow the mercenaries to regulate themselves.

The UK is an important hub for the PMSC industry. At the height of the occupation, around 60 British companies operated in Iraq. Now there are hundreds of British PMSCs operating in areas of conflict around the globe, working to secure government and corporate presence against a range of ‘threats’.

The leading British PMSCs are sprawling corporate entities, with complex structures and a global footprint. Companies like G4S (which acquired ArmorGroup in 2008), Aegis Defence Services (now part of GardaWorld), Control Risks and Olive Group make hundreds of millions of pounds in profit each year from the industry, and come complete with PR departments and marketing teams. The result has been a proliferation of euphemistic branding: this is an era of ‘risk management consultancy’ and ‘security solutions’, provided to ‘clients’ operating in ‘high-risk and complex environments’.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These organisations are not creating global "stability"; they can be counted upon to create even more global instability, for massive profits, of course.

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