Increasing the Effectiveness of Private Security Contractors

Jillian Hamilton / Jun 5, 2013

Over half of the current force in Afghanistan is private security contractors. What can be done to increase their effectiveness as troops return home and more private companies take on missions?

How to Get a Security Job in Force Protection

ClearanceJobs / Apr 5, 2013

Force protection jobs are typically charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the assigned asset.

Should Legal Immunity for Military Contractors Change?

Chandler Harris / Feb 1, 2013

Military contractors have largely been blessed with immunity from legal actions. Yet one legal student recommends that allowing private military contractors to be sued in some circumstances is the correct course of action.

Colombian Peace Talks Could Pave Way for Foreign Investment

Troy Steward / Nov 27, 2012

For the first time in a decade, peace talks are going on between representatives from FARC and the Colombian government, having started on the 17th of October in Oslo and moved to Havana on the 5th of November.

Increased Chinese Interests in Latin America Should Concern U.S.

Troy Steward / Nov 14, 2012

After the end of the Cold War the United States was left standing as the world’s only superpower and that has remained unchallenged until recently, with China showing its interest in challenging the U.S.

Why Syria Matters

Troy Steward / Nov 7, 2012

Why does Syria matter? Your average semi-informed American would say something along the lines of human rights violations to the absence of democracy, but most people could not give you a straight answer, let alone point to it on a map.

As Wars Draw Down, Overseas Contracting Builds Up

Chandler Harris / Oct 30, 2012

While U.S. military forces have left Iraq and are winding down in Afghanistan, private military and security contractors still maintain a strong presence in the Middle East.

China May Be Using Financial Investment for Military Gain in Pakistan

Troy Steward / Sep 27, 2012

Chinese influence around the world, especially in resource-rich states, is in the process of taking another step towards expansion. The Pakistani deep-water Gwadar Port, in the Baluchistan Province is about to come into Chinese control. The Singapore Port Authority (SPA), partnered with the National Logistics Cell and AKD Group are in the process of abandoning the effort of establishing the port as a major shipping center and port. Prior to being given to the SPA and their partners in 2007 with a 40 year contract, the Chinese government invested $288 million (U.S.) in what is still Pakistan’s only deep-water sea port.