Category Archives: Control

Who’s Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action

Who’s Guarding Whom? Private Security Contractors and the Need for Government Action Posted: 07/22/2014 4:01 pm EDT Updated: 07/22/2014 4:59 pm EDT Coauthored by Nicole Vander Meulen The Department of Defense spent about $160 billion on private security contractors (PSCs) … Continue reading

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Blackwater Case Tests DOJ Authority Over Contractors Abroad

Blackwater Case Tests DOJ Authority Over Contractors Abroad Share us on: By Erica Teichert Law360, Washington (June 19, 2014, 4:43 PM ET) — As the trial began this week in Washington federal court against four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors accused … Continue reading

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Leahy, Price Introduce Legislation To Hold American Contractors Overseas Accountable Under U.S. Law

Leahy, Price Introduce Legislation To Hold American Contractors Overseas Accountable Under U.S. Law July 14, 2014 WASHINGTON (MONDAY, July 14, 2014) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) renewed their partnership on bicameral legislation … Continue reading

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Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department

  Blackwater and the “Subservient” State Department   July 10, 2014 Last week, The New York Times reported an extraordinary incident involving the infamous private security contractor once known as Blackwater. (Blackwater became Xe in 2009, Academi in 2011, and just last … Continue reading

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Open-ended intergovernmental working group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies

Open-ended intergovernmental working group to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies   Mandate At its 15th session, on 1 October 2010, the … Continue reading

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New ICoCA Website – check it out now

New ICoCA Website – check it out now  We’re very pleased to announce that this week the ICoCA launched its new website.  The decision to go live with the new website this week was not taken by chance; it coincides … Continue reading

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Private military contractors to fall under Defense Ministry purview – Draft Duma bill

Private military contractors to fall under Defense Ministry purview – Draft Duma bill Published time: July 07, 2014 09:31 Military personnel during contract exercises in the Baltic Fleet program “Intensive military training course” at the BF Khmelevka range. (RIA Novosti/Igor … Continue reading

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Private Military Contractors: Deplore or Deploy? – Lessons from the ‘Blackwater Scandal’ in Iraq

Title: Private Military Contractors: Deplore or Deploy? – Lessons from the ‘Blackwater Scandal’ in Iraq Author: Dam, C.T. ten Journal Title: Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics Issue: 2 Volume: 1 Start Page: 20 End Page: 47 Pages: 28 Issue Date: 2013-10-30 Abstract: … Continue reading

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Holding Blackwater Accountable: Private Security Contractors and the Protections of Use Immunity

Holding Blackwater Accountable: Private Security Contractors and the Protections of Use Immunity Emily Kelly, Boston College Law SchoolFollow Abstract Private security contractors who commit crimes abroad enjoy extensive protection from prosecution. When private security contractors discharge weapons without authorization, the … Continue reading

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Contracting officers given overly high marks by Army

Contracting officers given overly high marks by Army Appraisals don’t match output By Jim McElhatton Army contracting apparently is like the schools at Lake Wobegon — everybody is above average. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fell victim to the … Continue reading

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