Questions tagged [private-military-companies]

A private military company (PMC) is a private company providing security and logistical services.

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Can a country be held liable for the actions of a private military company domiciled in it?

Let's say that a company like Blackwater is responsible for war crimes. Can the U.S. be punished for the actions of Blackwater? How will the legal proceedings develop? I am mostly interested in how ...
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Can a government be held responsible for the crimes committed by a military contractor?

If, for instance, a company like Blackwater Security Consulting contracted by the government commits a crime not ordered by it. If Blackwater Security Consulting then went bankrupt, and the U.S. lost ...
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Why does the U.S military use mercenaries?

With a defense budget now totaling ~686-billion dollars a year – which is about the size of the next 8 largest defense budgets combined (figure) – why does the U.S military see the need to ...
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Why did South African soldiers choose EO over UNITA?

This is a question concerning Executive Outcomes and UNITA. I concede this question is slightly Tom Clancy-esque, but I think now that these events have been largely declassified all these decades ...
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What are the differences between mercenaries and a country's armed forces?

I don't quite get the exact difference. I know the mercenaries act with less oversight, but are also quite expensive. So, I wonder why the US Military used mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan so ...
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Have states/companies placed a military/private security presence on oil platforms in the Gulf of Guinea to ensure security against piracy?

States with a coastline on the Gulf of Guinea have to deal with the tremendous problem of maritime piracy. There are some regional cooperation programs as well as a EU special program to improve ...