DynCorp reports sales decline

DynCorp reports sales decline

August 08, 2016 |

Marjorie Censer

DynCorp International’s parent company said last week sales in its most recent quarter reached nearly $451 million, down from $490 million in the same three-month period a year earlier.

The contractor reported a loss for the quarter of $25 million, less than the roughly $90 million loss it reported the prior year. Continue reading

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The secret Russian squad fighting ISIS with the Syrian Army

REVEALED: The secret Russian squad fighting ISIS with the Syrian Army

RUSSIAN individuals reveal they have been recruited by a highly secret private military company and flown to Syria aboard Russian military planes.

The men allege to have joined private military company Wagner before being flown to Syria to fight alongside forces loyal to President Bahar al-Assad.

Two of the group, whose identity was kept anonymous, said fighters were paid the equivalent of £3,000 a month before being dropped into Syria by Russian military planes to fight rebel factions – including ISIS.

Private military companies are banned under Russian constitution, but the two men insist they were trained by the company at a former Russian Special Forces base in Molkino that was handed over to them.

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Russian private military company ‘spotted’ in Syria

Russian private military company ‘spotted’ in Syria

August 26, 2016 RBC Magazine
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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet marines who arrived after a successful operation guarding the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, on the Belbek airfield near Sevastopol. Cropped image. Source: Vasiliy Batanov/RIA Novosti
Not far from the base of the 10th Separate Special-Purpose Brigade of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) in the village of Molkino in the Krasnodar Territory, there is a checkpoint manned by guards armed with AK-74s.Beyond the checkpoint, reportedly, lies the camp of a private military company (PMC), says a source at the military unit. There is no information on who owns this land but several neighboring plots are registered as belonging to the territorial division of the defense ministry’s forestry department.

The camp started operating approximately in the middle of 2015, say two RBK sources who used to work there. There are barracks, a guard tower, a police dog unit, a training facility and a parking lot on the territory of the camp.

The camp’s existence is not being publicized – formally, PMCs are outlawed in Russia. However, the Wagner group’s participation in the Syrian operation could pave the way for the legalization of private military companies in Russia. Continue reading

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Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths
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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who’s off this week. Last week, the Justice Department announced it would start to phase out the use of private for-profit prisons to hold federal inmates.

Our guest today may have had something to do with that. Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter who spent much of the past four years looking into conditions at the 13 privately operated prisons in the federal corrections system. Continue reading

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Price of war: Putin spent USD 150 mln on mercenaries in Syria

Price of war: Putin spent USD 150 mln on mercenaries in Syria

Russian mercenaries in Syria (Photo by inshe.tv)

Putin fights in Syria using mercenaries, who previously fought against Ukrainian army in Donbas

Kremlin spent from 5.1 billion to 10.3 billion rubles to send Russian mercenaries from “Wagner group” private military company to fight in Syria. This number is the result of investigation, conducted by Russian information agency RBC.

According to the agency’ sources Putin already unofficially have sent to Syria up to 2,5 thousand soldiers of PMC. The salary of each mercenary is 300 thousand rubles, while the soldier of regular Russian army in Syria receive 80 thousand rubles. Continue reading

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Ghosts of War: how did the Russian private army in Syria

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Magazine 09 September 2016 9:34
Ilya Christmas . Anton Baev . Pauline Rusyaeva

Ghosts of War: how did the Russian private army in Syria

Original article link = http://www.rbc.ru/magazine/2016/09/57bac4309a79476d978e850d

PMCs in the world – a huge business, “private entrepreneurs” often substitute for the armed forces. In Russia, they are outlawed. But Syria has been run-in Russian prototype PMC – “Wagner Group”, and the government once again think about the legalization

The military part of the on farm Molkino Krasnodar Krai – modal object. Here deployed 10th separate special forces brigade of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the Ministry of Defense, wrote “Times”. A few dozen meters from the federal highway “Don” – the first checkpoint on the way to the base. Then the road forks: the left – part owned by the town, to the right – the landfill, explains journalist RBC guard at a checkpoint. For polygon another checkpoint with guards armed with AK-74. During this camp PPC is a private military companies (PMCs), says one of the officers of the military unit. Continue reading

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First overseas ban for Swiss-based private security firm

A Swiss-based private security contractor has been banned from operating abroad. This is the first time the Swiss authorities have used a law passed in 2013 that strictly controls the activities of mercenary firms abroad.

According to Swiss public radio, SRF, the firm affected by the ban intended to train foreign soldiers and provide logistical support to military forces. Continue reading

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Clinton’s State Department Blew $6 Billion In Contracts, And We’re About To Learn Why

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Clinton’s State Department Blew $6 Billion In Contracts, And We’re About To Learn Why

Ethan Barton
9:11 AM 08/19/2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may soon have to answer questions about an estimated $6 billion in contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence that happened under her watch at the Department of State.

Non-profit government watchdog Cause of Action Institute (CofA) filed a Freedom of Information Act request Friday for records related to a March 2014 management alert issued by the department’s Inspector General (IG).

“The total value of the contracts the [IG] reviewed exceeded $6 billion,” the CofA’s FOIA request said. “Many of these cases arose during the tenure of Secretary Hillary Clinton.” Clinton was the country’s top diplomat from January 2009 to February 2013. Continue reading

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Prison industry vendors react to “prison reform” talk

Private prison stocks collapse after Justice Department promises to phase them out

By Christopher Ingraham August 18 at 1:48 PM

(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The Justice Department on Thursday announced that it will end the use of private prisons, which currently house more than 22,000 federal prisoners, or about 12 percent of the total federal prison population.

These prisons had become increasingly controversial in the past several years. A DOJ Inspector General’s report recently found that these prisons were on average less safe and secure than government-run prisons. Mother Jones magazine recently published a searing, 35,000-word expose on abuses at one private prison in Louisiana.

Criminal justice reformers also raised concerns that private prisons have a profit motive to put more people behind bars. The companies that own these prisons, like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)and the GEO Group, stand to make more money if the prison population grows. Many private prison contracts mandate a minimum occupancy rate — often 90 or even 100 percent. In some cases, the government must pay for 100-percent capacity regardless of how many beds are filled. Continue reading

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