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A listing of news articles found online about contract security firms providing security, military, intelligence, language and other services to the Department of Defense and other government agencies in the United States and overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and other places.

2016 News Articles about Defense Contractors

August 15, 2016. "The Hidden Costs of America's Addition to Mercenaries", by Sean McFate, Defense One.

December 9, 2015. "Why We Should Be Talking About Military Contractors With PTSD", Task & Purpose.

2015 News Articles about Defense Contractors

December 9, 2015. "Why We Should Be Talking About Military Contractors With PTSD", Task & Purpose.

August 2, 2015. "The Company Getting Rich Off the ISIS War". The Daily Beast. How SOSi is faring in a diminished contract environment.

March 25, 2015. "How Mercenaries Are Changing Warfare", by Kathy Gilsinan,The Atlantic. Sean McFate, associate professor at National Defense University, is interviewed about defense contractors on the battlefield.

2014 News Articles about Defense Contractors

December 1, 2014. "War contractors ready for battle against Islamic State". Stars and Stripes.

November 8, 2014. "America's paid boots on the ground". The Week.

September 13, 2014. "Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War". The Daily Beast.

September 7, 2014. "In place of 'boots on the ground,' US seeks contractors for Iraq". Stars and Stripes.

Summer 2014. "Special Operations Forces & Private Security Companies", Parameters, 44(2) Summer 2014, by Christopher Spearin.

Summer 2014. "Private Military & Security Companies: A Review Essay", Parameters, 44(2) Summer 2014, by Birthe Anders.

July 22, 2014. "Who's Guarding Whom? Private Security Constractors and the Need for Government Action". Huffington Post.

July 18, 2014. "A Primer on Legal Developments Regarding Private Military Contractors". Lawfare Blog.

2012 News Articles about Security Contractors

October 31, 2012. "Justice Department sues Reston contractor, alleges it provided unqualified guards in Iraq". The Washington Post.

October 12, 2012.  "After Benghazi Attack, Private Security Hovers as an Issue". The New York Times.

October 9, 2012.  "Contractors in War Zones: Not Exactly Contracting". Time U.S.

January 16, 2012.  "AAR Airlift Reports Helicopter Accident in Afghanistan". AAR Airlift Group.

January 15, 2012.  "Flexing Muscle, Baghdad Detains U.S. Contractors".  The New York Times.

2011 News Articles About Security Contractors

December 31, 2011.  "Contractor held in Iraq thrilled to be home in NY".  The Wall Street Journal.

December 29, 2011.  "Afghanistan cracks down on contractors".  The Washington Post.

October 30, 2011.  "Deadly Taliban Kabul attack highlights US reliance on private contractors". The Christian Science Monitor.

October 29, 2011.  "The Neoliberal Wars".  Huffington Post.

October 15, 2011.  "Army 'must rely on private firms'". UKPA Google.

October 12, 2011.  "Security firms eye Libya from Afghan quagmire". AFP.

October 10, 2011.  "Contratistas Desaparecidos".  Huffington Post.

September 22, 2011.  "As Libya War Winds Down, Security Consultants Tout Iraq, Afghan Experience". Bloomberg News.

September 15, 2011.  "Revisiting 'Warlord Inc.' and seeking answers." The Washington Post.

September 15, 2012. "Corrupt Afghan trucking for U.S. military probed by Congress".  The Washington Post.

September 15, 2011.  "The Cost-Savings Fantasy". The Huffington Post.

September 14, 2011.  "Kabul Attack Underlines Importance of Embassy Security".  Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

September 14, 2011.  "Contractor Accountability Four Years after Nisoor Square Incident". Human Rights First.

March 1, 2011.  "Libya's ordeal shows it's time to police the mercenaries".  The Guardian.

2010 News Articles About Security Contractors

September 4, 2010.  "Blackwater created shell companies".  Yahoo! news.

September 4, 2010. "End of combat yields surge of contractors".  The Boston Globe.

August 30, 2010.  "How Active Is Blackwater in Pakistan?"  Foreign Policy Journal.

August 29, 2010. "Taking the Private out of PMC".  David Isenberg, The Huffington Post.

August 28, 2010.  "2 contractors killed in Afghanistan".  CNN News.

August 26, 2010.  "Are IPOA, BAPSC and PSCAI Complicit or Just Irrelevant?"  The Huffington Post.

August 25, 2010.  "Garda scrabbles to stay in Afghanistan".  Financial Post.

August 20, 2010.  "Making Afghanistan More Dangerous".  The New York Times.

August 18, 2010.  "Canadian forces to review nine private security contracts on Afghan ban".  The Globe and Mail.

August 18, 2010.  "Karzai Orders Private Security Out of Afghanistan".  NPR.

August 18, 2010.  "Karzai Plays to Crowd with Threatened Ouster of Afghan Contractors".  Yahoo! News.

August 18, 2010.  "Guns for Fire".  Foreign Policy Magazine.

August 17, 2010.  "UK private security fears in Afghanistan".  BBC News.

August 17, 2010.  "Karzai wants private security firms out of Afghanistan".  The Washington Post.

August 17, 2010.  "Karzai Orders Guard Firms to Disband".  The New York Times.

August 16, 2010.  "Karzai's Call to Expel Contractors Poses Big Logistical Hurdles".  PBS Newshour.

August 11, 2010.  "Private security firm solicitations thriving in Afghanistan".  The Washington Post.

August 10, 2010.  "Karzai to scrap private security firms in Afghanistan".  BBC News.

August 10, 2010.  "Mercenaries to Fill Void Left By U.S. Army".  Newsweek.

August 10, 2010.  "Kabul attack kills two as Afghan civilian casualties rise".  AP Google Hosted News.

August 4, 2010.  "Contractors Pressured to Perform in Iraq Without Valid Credentials".  The Atlantic.

August 3, 2010.  "Xe Hires BlackArch as Advisor as Blackwater Founder Sells Firm".  Bloomberg.

August 3, 2010.  "Contractors will take the place of troops in Iraq".  NPR.

July 30, 2010.  "Afghan war spending faces new scrutiny".  The Washington Post.

July 30, 2010.  "Fatal Crash Stokes Afghan-U.S. Tension in Kabul".  CBS News.

July 27, 2010.  "Afghan intelligence contracts apply some limits".  The Washington Post.

July 26, 2010.  "WikiLeaks war logs show unreported plight of contractors".  Salon War Room.

July 25, 2010.  "Safety burden shifts to State Department after Iraq war".  The Washington Times.

July 24, 2010.  "The corporate warriors who make a killing in Afghanistan".  The Herald Scotland.

July 21, 2010.  "NATO says 4 dead in shooting at training range".  Google.com.

June 28, 2010.  "Presidential Airways Wants To Fly Some More".  The Atlantic.

June 24, 2010.  "Security Brief: Why Blackwater won't die".  CNN Blog.

June 24, 2010.  "Blackwater's Prince: Congress gave me 'proctology'".  SpyTalk Blog, The Washington Post, June 24, 2010.

June 21, 2010.  "Private Contractors Still Vital to Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan".  Defense Professionals.

June 18, 2010.  "Blackwater Firm Gets $120M U.S. Gov't Contract".  CBS News.

June 14, 2010.  "State wants to form a mini-army for Iraq security".  Google AP News.

June 8, 2010.  "Founder Puts Blackwater Security Firm Up for Sale".  The New York Times.

May 30, 2010.  "There is More Than One Way to Use a Maritime PSC".  CATO Institute.

May 28, 2010.  "Aegis' Charm Offensive in Iraq".  Huffington Post.

May 27, 2010.  "Texas Army National Guard Shooting for Win in MMA Fight".  PR Newswire.

May 21, 2010.  "The Olympics Will Be Protected by Aegis: Ay, There's the Rub".  Huffington Post.

May 20, 2010.  "The Secret Pentagon Spy Ring".  The Atlantic.

May 19, 2010.  "Route Irish - Film Review".  Hollywood Reporter.

May 18, 2010.  "Security contractors could face new rules".  The Hill.

May 17, 2010.  "A field trip to grapple with wartime contracts, accountability".  CNN Blog.

May 14, 2010.  "Zero Tolerance for Security Firm Shootings".  Mother Jones.

May 1, 2010.  "The Contractors that Couldn't Shoot Straight?"  CATO Institute.

April 30, 2010.  "Security Brief: Contractors pay the price in Iraq".  CNN Blog.

April 30, 2010.  "US government sues defence contractor over alleged false claims".  The Chief Officers Network.

April 30, 2010.  "UN body urges support for treaty regulating private military, security companies".  UN News Centre.

April 29, 2010.  "Why Corporations Hire Private Military Contractors" Part Three".  Blogger News Network.

April 23, 2010.  "Why Can't Contractors Talk About What They Do?"  The Huffington Post.

April 22, 2010.  "Afghanistan becomes more dangerous for contractors".  USA Today.

April 19, 2010. "Why Corporations Hire Private Military Contractors: Part Two".  Blogger News Network.

April 9, 2010.  "Why Corporations Hire Private Military Contractors: Part One".  Blogger News Network.

April 4, 2010.  "Controversial use of guns-for-hire surges in Afghanistan".  The Vancouver Sun.

April 2, 2010.  "Iraq visa requirements may push U.S. interpreters out the door".  Stars and Stripes.

March 31, 2010.  "Playing by Different Rules: the Military and Private Security Contractors".  The Huffington Post.

March 28, 2010.  "U.S. contractors still face death daily, trying to do good in Iraq".  Citizen-Times.

March 27, 2010.  "Career spy Robert Harding's covert op on Obama".  SpyTalk Blog, The Washington Post.

March 26, 2010.  "Families of contractors killed in Iraq sue feds".  Google Hosted News.

March 26, 2010.  "Despite Drawdown, Big Bucks for Baghdad Embassy Security".  Danger Room.

March 26, 2010.  "It's PMC Deja vu All Over Again".  Huffington Post.

March 25, 2010.  "IPOA Director: Critics of private contractors 'don't understand what the industry does'".  PR Log.

March 24, 2010.  "U.S. Military Contractors Move into Africa".  AllGov.com.

March 23, 2010.  "Defense Industry Pursues Gold in 'Smart Power' Deals".  The Wall Street Journal.

March 23, 2010.  "State will hire contractor to supervise private embassy guards".  Government Executive.

March 22, 2010.  "Africa: The Mother of All PMC".  The Huffington Post.

March 21, 2010.  "Spy network linked to ex-McDill official".  Tampa Bay.

March 21, 2010.  "Vietnam vet in Haiti eager to share war experiences".  Stars and Stripes.

March 21, 2010.  "Reining in U.S. rent-a-Rambos".  Toronto Sun.

March 21, 2010.  "Rogue firms shame the good name of U.S. military forces".  LaCrosse Tribune.

March 21, 2010.  "To Do the Impossible Job".  The Huffington Post.

March 20, 2010.  "The Brilliance of Blackwater".  Defense Transformation.

March 19, 2010.  "Official Defends Off-Books Spy Operation".  Military.com.

March 19, 2010.  "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight".  Newsweek.

March 19, 2010.  "Despite bad media, quasi-military contractors provide good bang for the buck in war zones".  Canada Free Press.

March 19, 2010.  "Defense official says Afghan program was authorized".  The Washington Post.

March 19, 2010.  "Boston firm in crossfire".  The Boston Herald.

March 18, 2010.  "Interrogation work by TSA nominee's firm under review".  Government Executive.

March 18, 2010.  "NATO provides airlift support to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)."  NATO Press Release.

March 18, 2010.  "Pentagon investigates Jason Bourne spy program".  Examiner.com.

March 17, 2010.  "Triple Canopy Donates and Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Haitian Earthquake Victims".  PR Newswire.

March 17, 2010.  "Danger Room Explainer: Outsourced Intel in Afghanistan".  Wired.com.

March 17, 2010.  "Building Bridges".  Aviation Week.

March 17, 2010.  "Law and the Private Armies You Can Afford".  The Huffington Post.

March 17, 2010.  "Pentagon probes alleged ad hoc spy ring".  CNN.

March 16, 2010.  "Afghanistan Spy Contract Goes Sour for Pentagon".  CorpWatch.

March 16, 2010.  "The Trouble with Contractors".  Harper's Magazine.

March 16, 2010.  "GAO blocks contract to firm formerly known as Blackwater to train Afghan police".  The Washington Post.

March 16, 2010.  "Congress Questions Blackwater's Service in Afghanistan".  U.S. News and World Report.

March 15, 2010.  "Contractor Expenses Come Under Scrutiny".  Aviation Week.

March 15, 2010.  "Jason Bourne Does Waziristan".  Harper's Magazine.

March 15, 2010.  "Pentagon eyes contractor ties to hunt for militants".  The Washington Post.

March 14, 2010.  "Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants".  The New York Times.

March 14, 2010.  "America's biggest, richest lobby".  Midwest Voices.

March 12, 2010.  "How to Prove Afghan Police Aren't Corrupt? Hire Blackwater!".  The Washington Independent.

March 12, 2010.  "Affiliate of Blackwater awarded $39M contract".  PilotOnline.com.

March 12, 2010.  "Blackwater Saves Taxpayers Money".  ABC News.

March 11, 2010.  "L-3 Communications receives contracts for work in Iraq worth $255.7M combined".  CB Online.

March 11, 2010.  "Private Military Contractors as Buzz Lightyear:  To Afghanistan and Beyond".  Huffington Post.

March 11, 2010.  "Iraq hostage Peter Moore - my ordeal".  Times Online.

March 11, 2010.  "Stop hiring N.C. security firm".  PilotOnline.com.

March 11, 2010.  "Rebuilding of Haiti Begins in Miami".  NBC Miami.

March 11, 2010.  "Coalition of the Shilling".  The Nation.

March 10, 2010.  "Kidnapping raises risks for aid workers in Haiti".  Google News.

March 10, 2010.  "Allies Absent in Afghanistan - Helicopters Hired".  Defense Industry Daily.

February 26, 2010.  "Controversial contractor eligible for lucrative new Pentagon bids".  CNN World.

February 26, 2010.  "The Other Victims of Battlefield Stress; Defense Contractors' Mental Health Neglected".  ProPublica.

February 26, 2010.  "Mental Health and Private Military Contractors".  The Huffington Post.

February 25, 2010.  "Blackwater: Senate Committee Says the Contractor Is Armed and Dangerous".  ABC News.

February 25, 2010. "For KBR, it's time to hunt for private sector work".  Chron Business.

February 25, 2010.  "War-Zone Contractors Draw Senate Scrutiny".  The Wall Street Journal.

February 25, 2010.  "DynCorp and the Afghan Police".  The Huffington Post.

February 24, 2010.  "Cartman in Kabul".  The New Yorker.

February 24, 2010.  "Defense, State, USAID to testify on coordination of reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan".  Commission on Wartime Contracting.

February 19, 2010.  "Haiti: Private Contractors Like Vultures Coming to Grab the Loot".  Global Policy Forum.

February 17, 2010.  "Military Ethics and Private Military Contractors".  Huffington Post.

February 12, 2010.  "Iraq Expels Former and Current Blackwater Security Guards".  AllGov.com.

February 12, 2010.  "Suit: Prostitute, strippers part of Blackwater fraud".  CNN.com.

February 6, 2010.  "Missing man in Iraq identified as Army civilian employee".  CNN.com.

February 5, 2010.  "How We doing? Contractors and Their Lobbyists".  By David Isenberg, The Huffington Post.

February 3, 2010.  "Defense Contractors and International Development - What's Going on Here?"  UN Dispatch.

February 3, 2010.  "Private Mentoring Contractors".  David Isenberg, The Huffington Post.

February 1, 2010.  "Same Blackwater, Different Names".  ABC News.

February, 2010.  "The Regulation of New Warfare".  Brookings Institution

January 25, 2010.  "DynCorp's Iraq Contracts With U.S. Are Scruntinized".  The Wall Street Journal.

January 23, 2010.  "Travelex Partners with Top Security Firm Triple Canopy".  PR-USA.NET.

January 22, 2010.  "Blackwater in Pakistan: Gates Confirms".  The Nation.

January 22, 2010.  "Triple Canopy to move HQs to Reston, Virginia".  Washington Business Journal.

January 21, 2010.  "U.S. Private Security Firms Head to Haiti".  Publica.

January 19, 2010.  "US Mercenaries Set Sights on Haiti".  The Nation.

January 18, 2010.  "For Travelers in Danger, Someone to Swoop In".  The New York Times.

January 16, 2010.  "In crises, private firms can be a safety net".  (Haiti earthquake). Boston.com.

January 15, 2010.  "Private Contractors to the Rescue?". (Haiti earthquake).  The Huffington Post.

January 14, 2010.  "House Rep to introduce bill to ban private security contractors".  Digital Journal.

January 12, 2010.  "Screwing Over Private Contractors".  The Huffington Post.

January 11, 2010.  "Blackwater and The Hurt Locker".  The Nation.

January 10, 2010.  "Privatized War, and Its Price".  The New York Times.

January 9, 2010.  "CIA pays tribute to DuPont security contractor killed in Afghan bombing".  (Dane Paresi).  The Seattle Times.

January 9, 2010.  "Xe Services Aiming for Afghan Police Training Deal".  ABC News.

January 9, 2010.  "Iraq confiscates arms in private security crackdown".  Reuters.

January 8, 2010.  "Former Security Contractors Charged for Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan".  US Navy Seals.com blog.

January 2010.  "Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy".  Vanity Fair.

2009 News Articles About Security Contractors

December 21, 2009.  "Blackwater Eyes Afghan Contractor Surge".  Military.com.

December 20, 2009.  "Clayton Consultants Appoints New Managing Director".  PR-Canada.net.

December 18, 2009.  "Use of Contractors to Train Afghan National Police".  The Department of State.

December 18, 2009.  "US Army Depends on Afghan Security Firm for Protection".  The Nation.

December 18, 2009.  "Erik Prince - Our New Peter Pan".  The Huffington Post.

December 18, 2009.  "Contractors in Afghanistan May Need More Time, New Teaching Models".  Talk Radio News Service.

December 18, 2009.  "Afghan National Security Forces Contract Training".  Commission on Wartime Contracting.

December 16, 2009.  "Contractors in American Conflicts: Adapting to a New Reality".  Center for a New American Security.

December 16, 2009.  "Afghanistan Escalation Ramps Up Contractor Presence".  The Nation.

December 14, 2009.  "Pirate attacks trigger armed guard coverage".  Business Insurance.

December 14, 2009.  "Oil executives gird for work in risky Iraq".  Reuters.

December 14, 2009.  "Blackwater and Security Contracting: The Economics of War".  New York Times "At War" blog.

December 11, 2009.  "Blackwater Loses a Job for the C.I.A."  The New York Times.

December 11, 2009.  "Going Naked in Kabul".  Op-Ed Columnist discusses ArmorGroup embassy fiasco.  The New York Times.

December 11, 2009.  "Mercenaries?  CIA Says Expanded Role for Contractors Legitimate".  ABC News.

December 11, 2009.  "Contractors Watching Contractors".  CBS News.

December 10, 2009.  "Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids".  The New York Times.

December 7, 2009.  "Contractor hirings in Afghanistan to emphasize locals".  The Washington Post.

December 6, 2009.  "Lend Me Your Ears: US Military Turns to Contractor Linguists".  Defense Industry Daily.

December 5, 2009.  "Erik Prince, head of US security firm Blackwater, 'was CIA operative'".  Times Online.

December 4, 2009.  "Is Erik Prince 'Graymailing' the US Government?"  The Nation.

December 4, 2009.  "Contractor Roles Increase As Afghanistan War Escalates".  The Takeaway.  Radio interview of Robert Young Pelton and Allison Stanger.

December 3, 2009.  "Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy".  In depth magazine article on Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater.  Vanity Fair, January 2010 Issue.

November 30, 2009.  "Karzai Said What?".  Karzai to ban security contractors in 2011.  Mother Jones.

November 30, 2009.  "Private Security Fights off Pirates".  Handy Shipping Guide.

November 30, 2009.  "Trigger-happy security complicates convoys".  Army Times.

November 29, 2009.  "AECOM Gets 6-Month Extension to Iraqi Security Forces Maintenance Contract".  Defense Industry Daily.

November 23, 2009.  "Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan".  The Nation.

November 18, 2009.  "Maersk Alabama Sees Off Pirate Attack".  Handy Shipping Guide.

November 17, 2009.  "New Baghdad Airport Security Contractor Has Major Baggage".  Mother Jones.

November 13, 2009.  "How the US Army protects its trucks - by paying the Taliban".  The Guardian.

November 12, 2009.  "Blackwater and the Limits to Outsourcing Security".  The New York Times.

November 8, 2009.  "Still no count of U.S. contractors in Afghanistan".  Reuters.

November 8, 2009.  "The language of war".  The Columbus Dispatch.

November 5, 2009.  "America's 'Shadow Force'".  Center for Defense Information.

November 3, 2009.  "One Reason You Shouldn't Go to Afghanistan With a Beard".  Foreign Policy.

November 3, 2009.  "Mission Impossible in Afghanistan?"  Star Tribune.

November 3, 2009.  "The Best Allies Money Can Buy".  The New York Times.

November 2, 2009.  "KBR faulted for ineffective drawdown in Iraq".  Reuters.

October 26, 2009.  "Briefing on Progress Made in Civilian Hiring in Afghanistan".  Dept of State.

October 23, 2009.  "Counter-terrorism gains".  The Washington Times.

October 21, 2009.  "How to Get Out".  The Nation.

October 21, 2009.  "The Ethnic Split".  The Nation.

October 21, 2009.  "The 'Safe Haven' Myth".  The Nation.

October 20, 2009.  "New Report on U.S. Contractors Overseas".  Center for Defense Information.

October 19, 2009.  "Q and A on Private Military Contractors".  The New York Times "At War" Blog.

October 16, 2009.  "Italians bribed the Taleban all over Afghanistan, say officials".  Times Online.

October 15, 2009.  "Don't put all the security eggs in the al Qaeda basket".  Foreign Policy.

October 13, 2009.  "Reliance on Private Contractors".  The New York Times.

October 10, 2009.  "The Information: Private sector on parade".  Financial Times Magazine.

October 9, 2009.  "Anti-IED contract moves McChrystal's vision forward".  Washington Technology.

October 8, 2009.  "Afghanistan: do contractors count?".  The Star.

October 7, 2009.  "U.S. security firm's Pakistan role questioned".  The Washington Times.

October 6, 2009.  "Westerners arrested for 'spying' in Congo had Kenyan links".  intelNews.org.

October 5, 2009.  "Smackdown in the Green Zone".  Foreign Policy.com.

October 2, 2009.  "As troops draw down, more contractors hired".  Star Tribune.

October 2, 2009.  "State struggles to track contractor data: GAO".  Federal Computer Week.

October 2, 2009.  "U.S. cuts security contracts for Iraq as 2nd phase of withdrawal proceeds".  World Tribune.

September 30, 2009.  "Arrest Warrant Out for USAID Contractor in Afghanistan".  The Nation.

September 23, 2009.  "EODT wins security contract in Iraq".  UPI.com.

September 18, 2009.  "Court Deposition against Triple Canopy".  Pro Publica.

September 17, 2009.  "Drugs Suspected in 2nd DynCorp Death".  The Washington Post.

September 15, 2009.  "The Other Army in Afghanistan".  CBN.

September 13, 2009.  "State Department's Oversight of Security Contractors Is Scrutinized".  The Washington Post.

September 11, 2009.  "Company Kept Kabul Security Contract Despite Record".  The New York Times.

September 10, 2009.  "Montana jail lands contract with security firm".  Mercury News.

September 9, 2009.  "Iraq: Jobs are there, but for the battle-hardened".  International Construction Review.

September 8, 2009.  "With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards grows".  The Washington Post.

September 8, 2009.  "Security contractor for State Department electrocuted while showering in Iraq".  Taragan.com.

September 8, 2009.  "Despite Contractor Scandal, U.S. Doubles Down on Private Security".  Security Management.

September 6, 2009.  "Animal House: The Real Story".  Private Military Herald.

September 5, 2009.  "Iraq: Security contractors fall on harder times".  The New Zealand Herald.

September 4, 2009.  "Kabul Embassy Fires Contractors Gone Wild".  The Washington Independent.

September 4, 2009.  "U.S. embassy in Kabul fires guards for lewd acts".  Reuters.

September 4, 2009.  "Diplomatic Security: Time for Some Adult Supervision".  Wired Danger Room.

September 4, 2009.  "Choir Boys Not Needed".  The American Spectator.

September 4, 2009.  "Problems With Embassy Security Contract Crept Up Long Before ArmorGroup".  The Washington Independent.

September 3, 2009.  "The Rise of Mercenary Armies: A Threat to Global Security".  Australia.to News.

September 3, 2009.  "Who Will Guard the Guards? More Guards.".  Security Management.

September 3, 2009.  "Statement by Concerned Foreign Service Officers".  Reuters.

September 3, 2009.  "Party Ends for Kabul Embassy's Booze-Soaked Guard Force".  Wired Danger Room.

September 2, 2009.  "Canada's (Outsourced) Army in Iraq".  Pacific Free Press.

September 2, 2009.  "State Department's Lax Contractor Oversight an Enduring Problem".  The Washington Independent.

September 1, 2009.  "Shocking Hazing at U.S. Embassy in Kabul".  CBS Evening News.

September 1, 2009.  "Britain confirms identity of dead hostage in Iraq".  (Alec MacLachlan, GardaWorld).  USA Today.

September 1, 2009.  "Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops in Afghanistan".  The New York Times.

September 1, 2009.  "European 'mercenaries' face death penalty in Congo".  Guardian.co.uk.

September 1, 2009.  "Seeking riches in danger zones".  This is Money.

September 1, 2009.  "Contractors Gone Wild".  Washington Independent.

August 31, 2009.  "Lack of translators hurts U.S. war on terror".  The Washington Times.

August 31, 2009.  "Camber Corporation acquires I2S".  HS Today.

August 30, 2009.  "Blackwater tapped foreigners for CIA program".  Army Times.

August 30, 2009.  "America's Foreign Legions".  Pacific Free Press.

August 28, 2009.  "Mercenaries make sympathetic subjects".  Boston.com.

August 27, 2009.  Wexford Group Awarded Contract to Support JIEDDO.  CACI International News Release.

August 26, 2009.  "Will Drones Make General Atomics the next Blackwater?"  The Nation.

August 25, 2009.  "Former Bush Security Chiefs Find Terrorism Obsession Can Be Profitable".  Americas Program Policy Report.

August 25, 2009.  "Bigger and Badder Than Blackwater".  Border Lines.

August 24, 2009.  "Americans Accused of Stealing Fuel in Iraq".  The New York Times.

August 23, 2009.  "US applies Colombia antidrug lessons to Afghanistan".  The Christian Science Monitor.

August 21, 2009.  "Blackwater Hit Squads: What Was the CIA Thinking".  Time.

August 21, 2009.  "Blackwater's dark heart".  The Economist.

August 21, 2009.  "Analysis: Blackwater has longstanding ties to CIA".  CNN Politics.com.

August 20, 2009.  "Source: CIA hired Blackwater to help hunt al Qaeda leaders".  CNN.

August 20, 2009.  "Blackwater: CIA Assassins?".  The Nation.

August 20, 2009.  "C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones".  The New York Times.

August 20, 2009.  "NORTHROP May Sell Tasc Unit for Up to $2 Billion".  Bloomberg.com.

August 19, 2009.  "C.I.A. Sought Blackwater's Help to Kill Jihadists".  The New York Times.

August 19, 2009.  "Homeland Security's Revolving Door".  Border Lines.

August 16, 2009.  "Mad, bad or just dangerous to know?".  Times Online.

August 14, 2009.  "Blackwater Still Armed in Iraq".  The Nation.

August 12, 2009.  "A new - and timely - biography of the man behind Blackwater USA: Seeing Through the Mask".  Indy Week.com.

August 9, 2009.  "Contractor Is Held In 2 Killings in Iraq".  The Washington Post.

August 9, 2009.  "Safety of Russian planes in Afghanistan questioned".  Google.

August 8, 2009.  "U.S. ties with Xe, formerly Blackwater must end".  CNN.com.

August 7, 2009.  "US Still Paying Blackwater Millions".  The Nation.

August 6, 2009.  "Boeing Submits Proposal for $5B Special Ops Logistics Support Contract".  Boeing.

August 5, 2009.  "Contracts for Wed, August 5, 2009".  Defenselink.

August 3, 2009.  "Group wants probe of contractor role in renditions".  Google News.

July 30, 2009.  "DynCorp Takes Afghanistan".  Forbes.com.

July 27, 2009.  "The Cowboys of Kabul".  News article on US Protection and Investigations. By Mother Jones.

July 27, 2009.  "Private Security Companies May Surge Into Afghanistan".  The Washington Independent.

July 26, 2009.  "Military Weighs Private Security on Front Lines".  The Washington Post.

June 23, 2010.  "Taliban Guards 'Bribed' To Help David Rohde's Daring Escape Plan".  ABC News.

June 22, 2010.  "The David Rohde Puzzle".  New York Magazine.

July 15, 2009.  "Wall Street Goes to War".  Forbes.com.

July 13, 2009.  "Air Kandahar".  The Atlantic.

June 23, 2009.  "War zone contractors likely here to stay".  CNN.

June 22, 2009.  "Excerpt:  Inside Blackwater's mission in Afghanistan".  CNN.

June 16, 2009.  "Audit: U.S. Overpaid Blackwater".  ABC News.

June 4, 2009.  "EODT Awarded $99.9M Security Contract in Afghanistan".  PR Newswire.

May 30, 2009.  "Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for U.S.".  The New York Times.

May 23, 2009.  "S.A. man is killed in Afghanistan blast".  (Shawn M. Pine).  My San Antonio.

April 24, 2009.  "Foreign Office to propose self-regulation for private military firms".  U.TV.

April 21, 2009.  "Aegis to help combat piracy off Somali coast".  Financial Times.

April 8, 2009.  "Expert Group on Mercenaries Concludes Visit to Afghanistan".  United Nations Press Release.

March/April 2009.  "Blackwater's New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa".  Mother Jones.

March 22, 2009.  "Questions raised over Afghanistan contractors".  Navy Times.

March 2, 2009.  "Founder, CEO of Blackwater Steps Aside, 'Worn Out'.  The Wall Street Journal.

February 14, 2009.  "Blackwater Changes Its Name to Xe".  The New York Times.

February 13, 2009.  "Not Blackwater, but Xe, as in Xena Warrior Princess".  The Spy Who Billed Me.

2008 News Articles About Security Contractors

December 22, 2008.  "Canadian Helicopters, Ltd. Wins Afghan Contract".  Defense Industry Daily.

December 9, 2008.  "To the Shores of, er, Somalia".  The American Specator.

November 30, 2008.  "End of Immunity Worries U.S. Contractors in Iraq".  The New York Times.

October 28, 2008.  "Report on Iraq Security Lists 310 Contractors".  The New York Times.

October 6, 2008.  "Charges Brought in Fraud Relating To U.S. Government Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan".  US AID Press Release.

September 1, 2008.  "Blackwater Branches Out".  Defense News.

June 23, 2008.  "Jingle Air Supplies Isolated Soldiers".  American Forces Press Service.

June 15, 2008.  "Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA)".  US AFRICOM News.

June 13, 2008.  "Over the Counter Intelligence".  CorpWatch.

June 6, 2008.  "Blackwater opens San Diego training center".  MSNBC.

June 5, 2008.  "Blackwater's Private Spies".  The Nation.

June 2, 2008.  "Report Says Blackwater Bought Fighter".  Military.com.

March/April 2008.  "Blackwater's World of Warcraft".  Mother Jones.

March 20, 2008.  "Interview: Greystone's Christopher Burgess".  Mother Jones.

2007 News Article About Security Contractors

December 18, 2007.  "15 Afghan Employees of U.S. Company Killed".  CBS News.

November 12, 2007.  "Private security firms a problem in Afghanistan - study".  Reuters.

November 7, 2007.  "Security Companies in Afghanistan".  Index Research.

November 3, 2007.  "Blackwater's Owner Has Spies for Hire".  CorpWatch.

October 31, 2007.  "U.S. Military to Supervise Iraq Security Convoys".  The New York Times.

October 29, 2007.  "The business of war gets a friendlier face".  The Guardian."State Dept. Ousts Its Chief of Security".

October 26, 2007.  "US: Rice Says 'Hole' in U.S. Law Shields Contractors in Iraq".  CorpWatch.

October 25, 2007.  "State Dept. Ousts Its Chief of Security".  The Washington Post.

October 24, 2007.  "State Department Use of Contractors Leaps in 4 Years".  The New York Times.

October 19, 2007.  "DoD official orders head count of private security guards".  Federal Computer Week.

October 11, 2007.  "Afghanistan Shuts Down 2 Security Firms".  CBS News.

October 11, 2007.  "Blackwater Quits Security Association".  The Wall Street Journal.

October 10, 2007.  "Security Contractors: A Necessary Evil".  DefenseTech.org.

October 3, 2007.  "Chief of Blackwater Defends His Employees".  The New York Times.

October 2, 2007.  "Blackwater chairman defends Iraq role".  MSNBC.

October 2, 2007.  "Hearing on Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan".  Congress Report.

September 28, 2007.  "State Dept. Starts Third Review of Private Security in Iraq".  The New York Times.

September 27, 2007.  "Banned In Baghdad: Reactions to the Blackwater License Being Pulled".  Brookings.

September 26, 2007.  "Iraq Drafts Law on Security Companies".  The New York Times.

September 24, 2007.  "Order 17".  The Nation.

September 20, 2007.  "Where Military Rules Don't Apply".  The Washington Post.

September 3, 2007.  "Private security contractors' role grows in Iraq".  USA Today.

August 22, 2007.  "Private Security Contractor behavior in Iraq is detrimental and unacceptable".  American Chronicle.

August 19, 2007.  "Allies Absent in Afghanistan - Hummingbird Helicopters Hired".  Defense Industry Daily.

August 8, 2007.  "For an Iraq Contractor, Duty, and Then Death".  The  New York Times.

July 5, 2007.  "Contractors Back From Iraq Suffer Trauma From Battle".  The New York Times.

July 4, 2007.  "After Iraq, Contractors Face Mental Health Issues".  The New York Times.

July 3, 2007.  "In outsourced US wars, contractor deaths top 1,000".  Reuters.

May 29, 2007.  "GardaWorld Confirms Four Professionals Abducted in Iraq".  Garda.

May 19, 2007.  "Death Toll for Contractors Reaches New High in Iraq".  The New York Times.

March 7, 2007.  "DynCorp Hired for Somalia Peacekeeping".  CorpWatch.

February 9, 2007.  "Afghanistan deal could net DynCorp over $12.B".  The Dallas Morning News.

January 3, 2007.  "New video shows security contractors who were kidnapped in Iraq".  USA Today.

2006 News Articles About Security Contractors

December 22, 2006.  "Did American fire on Iraqis for sport?"  MSNBC.

December 7, 2006.  "Garda Acquires Kroll Security International".  Garda.

November 19, 2006.  "Civilian workers in Iraq suffering combat trauma".  San Francisco Gate.

November 17, 2006.  "Austrian Killed, American Wounded in Iraq".  Story on Cresent Security contractors who were abducted.  CBS News.

August 19, 2006.  "Wilmington man killed by bomb in Iraq".  Star News Online.

August 2, 2006.  "We must fight our instinctive distaste for mercenaries".  The Guardian.

May 24, 2006.  "Iraq: Security Companies and Training Camps".  Index Research.

December 25, 2006.  "DynCorp workers gamble with their lives".  The Dallas Morning News.

December 24, 2006.  "DynCorp has big role, little oversight in war efforts".  Dallas News.

May 29, 2006.  "Congo Deports Nearly 3 Dozen Foreigners".  The Washington Post.

May 2, 2006.  "Security For Sale".  CorpWatch.

2005 News Articles About Security Contractors

November 20, 2005.  "SkyLink Arabia keeps its head down while flying in Iraq".  AINonline.

September 30, 2005.  "Security Interpreter Killed in Afghanistan".  Fox News.

September 7, 2005.  "DynCorp International Awarded Contract to Train Afghan Police".  All Business.

August 17, 2005.  "Privatized Peacekeeping".  Overseas Security Advisory Council.

August 14, 2005.  "The Other Army".  The New York Times Magazine.

July 7, 2005.  "Contractor 'Shadow Army' Adds to Iraq Stress".  Fox News.

July 6, 2005.  "Fast Facts: Contractors in Iraq".  Fox News.

July 1, 2005.  "Iraq's New War Zone: American vs. American".  Fox News.

June 16, 2005.  "Embassy Security Firms Chosen".  Washington Post.

May 15, 2005.  "Good pay blurs risk for hired guns".  The Salt Lake Tribune.

May 7, 2005.  "Pentagon Revises Contractor Rules".  The Washington Post.

April 30, 2005.  "Military contractor data found lacking".  News Observer.

April 24, 2005.  "Hired security lured by challenge".  The Boston Globe.

April 21, 2005.  "7 U.S. security contractors killed in Iraq".  CNN.

April 21, 2005.  "Helicopter shot down near Baghdad".  BBC News.

April 3, 2005.  "Fury at 'shoot for fun' memo.  Outburst by US security firm in Iraq is attacked by human rights groups".  Guardian Unlimited.

April 2005.  "Riding Shotgun in Baghdad with Blackwater's Security Detail".  Popular Mechanics.

March 21, 2005.  "Senior Soldiers In Special Ops Being Lured Off".  TBO News.

March 1, 2005.  "Outsourcing War".  The Brookings Institute (Foreign Affairs).

2004 News Articles About Security Contractors

September 2004.  "A Fistful of Contractors".  The Case for a Pragmatic Assessment of Private Military Companies in Iraq".  BASIC Research Report by British American Security Information Council.

July/August 2004.  "Think Again: Mercenaries".  Foreign Policy.

July 28, 2004.  "Contracting Intelligence".  The Center for Public Integrity.

June 28, 2004.  "U.S. Contractors Still Willing to Work in Danger Zones".  Fox News.

June 15, 2004.  "Nation Builders and Low Bidders in Iraq".  Brookings.

June 9, 2004.  "Controversial Commando Wins Iraq Contract".  CorpWatch.

June 9, 2004.  "Give War a Chance: the Life and Times of Tim Spicer".  CorpWatch.

June 6, 2004.  "Four Civilian Contractors Killed in Iraq".  Fox News.

April 18, 2004.  "Military Contractors Shoulder Heavy Burden in Iraq".  Fox News.

April 18, 2004.  "Democrats Criticize Role of Military Contractors".  Fox News.

March 1, 2004.  "Hired Guns".  Esquire.

2002 News Articles About Security Contractors

April 14, 2002. "US Companies Hired to Train Foreign Armies".  Global Policy Forum.

1995 News Articles About Security Contractors

August 13, 1995.  "U.S. Veterans' Aid to Croatia Elicits queries".  The Boston Globe.


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