2003 July 11 Friday
Private Military Services Companies For Peacekeeping

Peter W. Singer of the Brookings Institution has written a long article about private military services entitled Peacekeepers, Inc.

The contrasting experiences in Sierra Leone between the military provider firm Executive Outcomes and the U.N.'s peacekeeping operation are the most often cited example of privatization's promise. In 1995, the Sierra Leone government was near defeat from the ruf, a nefarious rebel group whose habit of chopping off the arms of civilians as a terror tactic made it one of the most truly evil groups of the late twentieth century. Supported by multinational mining interests, the government hired the private military firm, made up of veterans from the South African apartheid regime's elite forces, to help rescue it. Deploying a battalion-sized unit of assault infantry (numbering in the low hundreds), who were supported by firm-manned combat helicopters, light artillery, and a few armored vehicles, Executive Outcomes was able to defeat the RUF in a span of weeks. Its victory brought enough stability to allow Sierra Leone to hold its first election in over a decade. After its contract termination, however, the war restarted. In 1999 the U.N. was sent in. Despite having a budget and personnel size nearly 20 times that of the private firm, the U.N. force took several years of operations, and a rescue by the British military, to come close to the same results.

The UN is incredibly expensive and ineffective. The British military is more cost effective. But what about Executive Outcomes? I bet they were cheaper still. So where are they?

Curiously, while the Executive Outcomes home page still exists in Google Cache if you click thru to the ExecutiveOutcomes.com web site you now are redirected to an organization that sounds like it offers the same kinds of services: Northbridge Services Group Ltd. They have all sorts of services available:

Northbridge Services Group prides itself on the success of its team which is comprised of a highly professional workforce. We have a track record of over 5000 man-years of military knowledge, combat and training experience, with staffing from organizations such as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. and British special forces. All personell are hand picked and highly trained, assuring you nothing less than the best. Our success record is as yet unequalled. The corporation is most probably the largest of its type in the world.

Northbridge offers a wide range of services designed to meet the needs of most organisations. Whether it is strategic advice, intelligence support, humanitarian disaster relief, counter-terrorism, support for law and order or close protection teams, we have the services and resources to suit.

Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to pay these folks to change the government in Liberia and to make it a relatively peaceful place? This may sound funny or somehow irreverant perhaps. But think about this seriously. Why not contract out peacekeeping if private organisations can do it more cost effectively? Iraq is probably too big a problem to be tackled by a private company. But Liberia is a whole lot smaller. A company like Northbridge could probably name a price for the removal of Charles Taylor and various other prices for other desired outcomes. Singer reports that Executive Outcomes claimed it could have handled the Rwanda situation more quickly, cheaply, and with much less loss of life:

Similarly, the aforementioned Executive Outcomes performed a business exploration of whether it would have had the capacity to intervene in Rwanda in 1994. Internal plans claim that the company could have had armed troops on the ground within 14 days of its hire and been fully deployed with over 1,500 of its own soldiers, along with air and fire support (roughly the equivalent of the U.S. Marine force that first deployed into Afghanistan), within six weeks. The cost for a six-month operation to provide protected safe havens from the genocide was estimated at $150 million (around $600,000 a day). This private option compares quite favorably with the eventual U.N. relief operation, which deployed only after the killings. The U.N. operation ended up costing $3 million a day (and did nothing to save hundreds of thousands of lives).

Singer also mentions an association of private military services companies called The International Peace Operations Association (IPOA) whose own web site description makes it sound like just another industry trade association.

The International Peace Operations Association (IPOA) is an association of Military Service Provider companies - companies who work or are interested in international peace operations around the world. This includes companies that do everything from mine clearance, to armed logistics, to emergency humanitarian services, to actual armed peacekeepers.

The association was founded to institute industry-wide standards and a code of conduct, maintain sound professional and military practices, educate the public and policy-makers on the industry's activities and potential, and ensure the humanitarian use of private peacekeeping services for the benefit of international peace and human security.

Update: One reason to be for the use of private militaries is that the US military is not big enough. As I've previously posted, the US military is too small for its current responsibilities. We already can not sustain current force levels in Iraq indefinitely. Also, see Trent Telenko's lengthy post on the overstretched US military. If the UN or the Europeans or US liberals want something done about Liberia then it is time to hire a private army to get the job done. This will spare the already overstretched US Army and save money.

Update II: Managing Director Denis Fraser writes to tell me about Isec Corporate Security Ltd.

I was interested to read your excellent article on Private Military Companies on your website. I cannot agree more.

Isec Corporate Security are a private military company specialising in all forms of Military combat and training. Our operatives are intelligent and extremely well disciplined. We have over twelve hundred hand picked Ex-British special forces at your disposal. We recruit solely from the Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Squadron (SBS) Airborne and Marine Commando. We are a self contained force and available for missions in any theatre of operation any where in the world and for any duration.

We are able to supply teams for skill transfer as well as full military intervention. We also have teams available for hazardous close protection duties or indeed we can supply a larger force with air or marine support should the task require. We have extensive experience in Africa. We are have the best battle tested combat teams available anywhere in the world. British Special forces are revered the world over for their military prowess, this resource is available to you for deployment immediately.

Our motto is "Ethics in action" we have been described as the perfect balance between corporate ethics and military precision. Should you have any questions about security issues or wish to discuss any related subjects for future articles please contact me and I will be happy to answer any of your queries. Alternatively visit our website for further details: www.privatemilitarycompany.com

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 July 11 11:12 AM  Military War, Rumours Of War

Don Marshall said at July 13, 2003 8:53 AM:

A recently published (Amazon.com review follows) titled Corporate Warriors addresses this subject.
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
A security analyst at the Brookings Institution, Singer raises disturbing new issues in this comprehensive analysis of a post-Cold War phenomenon: private companies offering specialized military services for hire. These organizations are nothing like the mercenary formations that flourished in post-independence Africa, whose behavior there earned them the nickname les affreux: "the frightful ones." Today's corporate war-making agencies are bought and sold by Fortune 500 firms. Even some UN peacekeeping experts, Singer reports, advocate their use on grounds of economy and efficiency. Governments see in them a means of saving money-and sometimes a way to use low-profile force to solve awkward, potentially embarrassing situations that develop on the fringes of policy. Singer describes three categories of privatized military systems. "Provider firms" (the best known being the now reorganized Executive Outcomes) offer direct, tactical military assistance ranging from training programs and staff services to front-line combat. "Consulting firms," like the U.S.-based Military Professional Resources Inc., draw primarily on retired senior officers to provide strategic and administrative expertise on a contract basis. The ties of such groups to their country of origin, Singer finds, can be expected to weaken as markets become more cosmopolitan. Finally, the overlooked "support firms," like Brown & Root, provide logistic and maintenance services to armed forces preferring (or constrained by budgetary factors) to concentrate their own energies on combat. Singer takes pains to establish the improvements in capability and effectiveness privatization allows, ranging from saving money to reducing human suffering by ending small-scale conflicts. He is, however, far more concerned with privatization's negative implications. Technical issues, like contract problems, may lead to an operation ending without regard to a military rationale. A much bigger problem is the risk of states losing control of military policy to militaries outside the state systems, responsible only to their clients, managers, and stockholders, Singer emphasizes. So far, private military organizations have behaved cautiously, but there is no guarantee will continue. Nor can the moralities of business firms be necessarily expected to accommodate such niceties as the laws of war. Singer recommends increased oversight as a first step in regulation, an eminently reasonable response to a still imperfectly understood development in war making.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Patrick said at July 13, 2003 4:51 PM:

The EU wants it's own rapid reaction force. Maybe it actually has one... on retainer.

David Jones said at July 16, 2003 6:54 AM:

Beware the implicit link between Executive Outcomes and Northbridge Services. The original Executive Outcomes company which proved so successful in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in Africa closed its doors around four years ago. The Executive Outcomes site that jumps the surfer to Northbridge is a complete rip-off - even down to the logo - and has nothing to do with the original company or its owners. It is just a brazen attempt to capitalise on the name and reputation of others.

mantis said at July 25, 2003 6:25 AM:

Northbridge will carry on where sandline cannot. E.O did a very good job in those african states, and now its time for NBS to push forward. Sandline got bumped in PNG and thats where the arse fell out of their showbag. Where are they now??? Very quiet on the spicer front!!!! Northbridge do and will keep doing what certain companies cant. They don't need to capatalize on E.O's name, as for the reputation of others then I'm sure from my past experience with Barlow and cronies that the company (NBS) will do well.

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Scott said at September 9, 2003 5:29 AM:



Eric Farber said at April 8, 2004 3:37 AM:

Northbridge Services and the infamous "Delta Force One(Contra Affair..Oliver North!)is now gearing up to provide some of the most sophisticated Human Intel based Iraq escorts for high value executives, diplomats, and expensive (sensitive??) goods and services. Their price tag is high but they sure know how to do their job. I had to get to Baghdad at 2AM and even the US Forces threw their towel in and regeged on me... who did I call? The Ghostbusterss.... Delta Force One and Northbridge group based in Kuwait. These guys are low key but they know what they're doin. I saw thier operations from Kuwait to Baghdad.. they are the best. Take it from me.. one time one hell of a scared American executive. don't compromise coz big name escorts are'nt any better than a donky cart drivers of Iraq when it comes to escorting to Iraq.

rob said at May 14, 2004 8:32 AM:

i am a former active duty marine with combat experience trying to break into this business i would greatly appreciate any information or names of firms currently hiring

Moses umeana Nyam said at May 26, 2004 7:30 AM:

I am a former active crewman of the Armourd corps(243 recce Battalion, 3rd Armourd Division of the Nigerian Army) with combat experience in Somalia (UNOSOM), Liberia (ECOMOG) during the first civil war (In the days of Samuel Doe) and I am still "good to go" hence I would like and greatly appreciate any information or names of firms currently hiring. I am currently living in Switzerland.
Awaiting a positive answer! Thanks

Moses Umeana Nyam

jon Blade said at June 1, 2004 2:38 AM:

Ex Armed forces personnel From New Zealand looking for contract's in Iraq and middle east Anyone who has Information on any Companies or persons currently Employing security operative's and or armed guard's for close protection E-mail me asap Minimum $5000
us per man per week email me
jontank5@hotmail.com and or Brammall@orcon.net.nz

Mr. Maurice said at July 25, 2004 5:00 PM:

Ex-US Air Force Munitions Specialist,Vietnam Era
Armed Security experience
Good shot
Strong twenty inch biceps
interest in combat peacekeeping activity
Will consider all offers
916-541-3806, Mr. Maurice

Damien said at August 30, 2004 4:01 AM:

I am looking to break into this field, I am currently in the British army, i have just returned from a 6 month deployment in afganastan, We were used to provide close protection to various aid agencies working in the northern area of the country,In addition we spent a lot of time in the small villages attempting to mediate between rival groups of militia, this experiance, I belive would be valuable in this field of employment,I would appreciate it if anyone could pass on the names and contact details of any firms who are hiring at the moment.

Don said at October 10, 2004 10:43 AM:

I am a former US Marine and US Army infantry soldier with indepth experience in urban setting security, motorcade security and law enforcement. I have a valid US passport and a current US Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance. Currently I am a police officer in New York however I have worked in executive protection for the CEO of Maytag, Retired military Generals, VIP's, celeberties and in hostile areas abroad. I am available for immediate recruitment and deployment to any location please contact me @ dmcrae03@hotmail.com if you have any recruitment opportunities or areas of direction to these areas.

Brian said at October 10, 2004 2:11 PM:

I own a small business selling military gear, if you ever have a need for such products.


Best regards,

braun said at October 25, 2004 6:36 AM:

Hi, we are a couple of soldiers from the french foreign legion.
If anybody needs us, just Email.

David Tumbleson said at January 7, 2005 1:16 PM:

I'm a member of the 1/293 Indiana Army National Guard. I have completed SAIROC (small arms instructor operation course)
and AMURC (advanced marksmanship unit readiness course). SDM (squad designated markman)
And I'm all so Instructor at National Guard Training Center.
I know the M16, M4,M9,240B,SAW249, and the MK19. I'm looking for work in Iraq as armed security.
I have been in Iraq from 01/02/02 to 11/22/03 I am a combat life saver. And have earned the Combat Infantry Badge.
I have 8 years in the guard.

Joseph Loren said at January 10, 2005 7:00 AM:

Former US Marine Recon Viet-Nam era.Currently training officer in the NY Guard. Hand-to-Hand expert, provost marshall, certified instructor in-cabin defense by Worldblackbelt.Executive protection experience. NY CBRNE enhanced response force DMNA Joint Force HQ Homeland defense directorate chem.bio. radiological, nuclear mass decon certified. Too much more to list.
Looking for employment/deployment in this field.

steve bullock said at June 20, 2005 8:50 AM:

ive recently left the british armed forces served 20 years was a senior n.c.o. i was serving in the parachute regiment i have a wide range of experience and talents served abroad in many different theatres used to hot zones and places of unrest looking for a contract abroad possibly in iraq im available at short notice can work employed free lance or on a monthly retainer either way fees to be negotiated contact me by e-mail stevebullock_4@hotmail.co.uk or mobile 07841 183 240 serious enquiries only please.

HARSEN said at August 15, 2005 2:14 PM:

I will be free one month, french marine commando - 2 years anti terro - 4 years intelligence - negociated contact with me by e-mail..hsnalx@yahoo.fr

CAPT. Maga said at August 18, 2005 8:44 AM:

Former US Marine Recon Viet-Nam era.Currently training officer in the NY Guard. Hand-to-Hand expert, provost marshall, certified instructor in-cabin defense by Worldblackbelt.Executive protection experience. NY CBRNE enhanced response force DMNA Joint Force HQ Homeland defense directorate chem.bio. radiological, nuclear mass decon certified. Too much more to list.
Looking for employment/deployment in this

barry maddison said at October 10, 2005 1:32 AM:

have been looking for work abroad for a few months now and havent had much luck.
so if there is any work out there for an ex sas operative i would be very appreciative
regards Barry Maddison

stevie said at October 15, 2005 4:13 AM:

ex british army sapper, 33 years old with experience of peace keeping ops in southern africa, am looking for interesting work abroad, serious offers only thanks.

kobus taljaard said at January 2, 2006 1:10 PM:

exkoevoet soldier looking for employment in iraq z4e

John said at January 15, 2006 1:28 PM:

I need to go back to work

sena said at February 20, 2006 5:52 AM:

I am a 33 yr old major from the Indian Army having recently retired after 08 yrs of service. I have experience in counter insurgency and conventional ops. Have been wounded in action and decorated twice. Am presently looking for employment.

Bargray Security said at August 4, 2006 6:59 PM:

From Luke Gray & William Bailey of Bargray Security.
We are offering our Highly experianced ex Armed forcers personal for security work in the middle east.
Recently around the world israil and lebonon has been in serious conflict and there has been talk of a internatinal security force to obtain law and order at some point in time.
Iraq is going into cival war and syria and iran are standing bye to proberly back hesbulla insergents.
getting to the point now we have graet knowlagde of the situations going on in the middle east and want to be involved once again in the rebuilding of the middle4 east and stop these insurgents from destoying our free world.
The Bargray team
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Luke gray 3yrs exp Armed forcers & deployment
Alex chambers 22yrs exp Armed forcers & deployment
chris Fechtneir 2yrs exp close prtection & close quiter combat training.

We are a four man team of highly orgonised with plenty of combat and security experiance to join all of our millitary experance together you know your getting the best.
We can go anywhere any time work in any whether condition and enviroment

Looking forward in being deployed sooner than later
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N. S. D'Olive said at November 16, 2006 8:15 AM:

PMC's will always be with us in some form. Very necessary. For a look at the future, I suggest Pournelle's Hammer's Slammers stories about Aloise Martel and his contract brigade, interstellar style.

bull75 said at December 30, 2006 11:11 AM:

Task force available immedialty for missions in Middle-East, Africa, South America.
Contact us on protect75@hotmail.com
All of us are CPO/PSD graduate and for a great part from French Legion and French SF
Able for:
- Convoy protection,
- Site/corporate security,
- Close protection,
- Couner riot teams
- Training.

Raf said at February 6, 2007 5:14 AM:


I'm looking for a job. I have work in foreign legion and i'm fireman (paramedics). sigmarus@infonie.fr

Ezekiel M. Nyabinge said at April 19, 2007 2:09 AM:

Am a Kenyan 23 years of age and seriously interested in joining the US Marines.Currently am undertaking a degree
programme in a local university which am free to change.Any help is highly appreciated

joseph umeana said at April 25, 2007 6:02 PM:

Moses Umeana Nyam

You seem like my uncle( Bright) son, who grew up in Benin city Nigeria. I spoke to you 1994 and has been wondering how to get in touch with you. The moses, I spoke to spent time in Liberia as a Nigeria Army and was also in Eastern Europe in the early 90's. If you are the moses I think you are, please get in touch with me, I am in Atlanta. Still in the US.
Hope to hear from you


Moses Umeana Nyam said at October 15, 2007 1:32 PM:

Hi Joseph,

I just came across your message on the net. I am really happy that you ask after me. At the moment I am in Switzerland.

I do hope, that you are (brother) Ifeanyi. Actually I was in Austria when we had the last contact; we discussed how you wanted me to come to America. But I left Austria about ten years ago. And since then I've been in Switzerland.

I was married to a Swiss girl but now divorced after seven years. I have a daughter, Adim, in december she will be seven. This medium affords me the opportunity to send my condolence on the death of your father.

Actually it's quite a big pleasure to have a brother like you asking after my whereabout! Bros, are you still in Atlanta? Please, I would want to get in touch with you as soon as you receive this mail. And do please send acknowledgement of receipt. Extend my warm regards to your younger brothers in the U.S. as well as your immediate family.

Wishing you Gods gardiance as ever, until I hear from you!

Greetings from Switzerland
Moses Umeana Nyam

Alexander Jordaan said at January 16, 2009 6:08 AM:

I am an ex-Army officer and Medical service Chaplain. 6 years Army and 8 years Chaplaincy. I am looking for a military career. Can you help me? Alexander Jordaan, acjordaan@gmail.com

dimitri said at May 11, 2009 3:26 AM:

hi all.i was in special force paratroups im looking for a job that pays well and isnt boring.if any one knows where to go please let me know. thx

dimitri said at May 11, 2009 3:31 AM:

forgot the email : hk11g3@gmail.com thx again

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ACB 1011 said at September 5, 2009 3:48 AM:

Is the Israeli company called "Levdan Ltd." or "Lordan-Levdan Ltd." still active?

Daniel said at December 7, 2009 8:25 AM:

My name is Daniel Hof from the netherlands.im 30 years and looking for a job.right know im a steelworker and a welder.i have learned some basic training from some Spec Ops guys who tried to help me in the service.anyone has a idea?i can handle small arms,medium weapons,sniper detail.i wished i had but never had the chance.i can speak and write in Dutch,German and Endlish.

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PLEASE I'm in urgent need to contact a serious agency/company that may help me with recovery of kidnapped victims or personnel recovery in the Africa area - Middle East. Email: cielo4123@yahoo.com

Justin Hale said at March 31, 2010 12:59 AM:

My name is Justin Hale and I am looking for work in the private security feild. I am ex army infantry. I served four years and went on 2 deployments. One to kosovo on peace keeping operations and the other was to iraq. I served as a team leader and army combatives instructor. I still keep up with combatives training in civillian life. Need job bad and if anyone can help me or direct me in the wright direction it would be greatley apprecieated, thank you.

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im witness p matabva.im a former zimbabwean soldier and im now temporarily residing in south africa.im in the security industry.im looking for mercenary job.my e mail wmtabva@yahoo.com

Keith said at September 13, 2010 6:44 AM:


I served in the South African infantry for 2 years, specialised in riot control as well as bush warfare, went up into Angola on several missions, looking for opportunities in the military or related fields anywhere in the world, have no family commitments and am available immediately,

My e-mail address is denimpower@gmail.com Att: Keith

Please if you have slot for me in your team I would be happy to join you



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