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Private Military and Security Companies Across the Globe

Updated: Nov 12, 2021


In the last decade or so we witnessed a new trend in security, the outsourcing of more and more military functions to private companies. In Afghanistan, it got to the level of having more private military and security contractors than American soldiers. Despite this important global trend, we know very little about those companies and their capabilities and roles. This study aimed at addressing this gap. In this study, we create a dataset that explores who those new actors are, where do they operate, and what do they do.




2021. Swed, O., & Burland, D. “Cyber Mercenaries: Review of the Cyber and Intelligence PMSC Market” Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, the United Nations. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Mercenaries/WGMercenaries/Pages/Report-Cyber-Mercenaries-2021.aspx


2020. Swed Ori, and Daniel Burland. “The Global Expansion of PMSCs: Trends, Opportunities, and Risks” Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Mercenaries/WGMercenaries/Pages/Callroleprivatemilitary.aspx


2020. Swed, Ori; Burland, Daniel. "Outsourcing War and Security". Oxford Encyclopedia of the Military in Politics. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.ORE_POL-01925.R1


2020. Swed, Ori. The path to outsourcing security in Southeast Asia. NYU SPS CGA Working Paper No. 2/2020.




Using: The Global Private Military and Security Dataset.


Researchers: Ori Swed, Joseph Bongiovi, Daniel Burland, Eleanor Knuston, Ben Mitchell

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