Skip to Content

What have Private Military Contractors been up to?

Over the last decade the US Pentagon has signed more than 3 000 contracts with Private Military Contractors, or PMCs. What have they been up to?

Published: December 3, 2017, 7:15 am

    In 1995, during the military operations conducted by the Armed Forces of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbian troops, US hostilities were outsourced to a number of security contractor firms.

    Washington has since used PMC’s to keep America’s official losses in such proxy wars to a minimum.

    Today, PMCs are operating more than 90 percent of all drones that US Air Force and Navy have together, while also deployed in reconnaissance missions and data analysis. a

    Along with researching an developing promising technologies and materials, the contractors provide routine military training, convoy escorts, and air cargo support.

    In May 2007, the US government disclosed for the first time the total amount of funds allocated to PMCs to the tune of 33.6 billion dollars.

    US Central Command published statistics on contract employees of PMCs in January 2015, revealing that CENTCOM alone employs more than 43 000 individuals of which only 17 000 are actually American citizens.

    More than half of their employees come from UK and Australia, and rough estimates show that the PMC market value exceeds 150 billion dollars.

    Although existing US legislation states that “the most complex and sensitive tasks should not be fulfilled by private organizations,” it is hard to measure the real purpose of the “secret missions” the contractors fulfill.

    Moreover, Washington’s privatisation and outsourcing of violence includes deliveries of lethal weapons to areas of armed conflict, which is prohibited by international law.

    Russian journalist, Valery Kulikov has noted that in spite of Washington’s continuous claims that there has been no instance of American lethal weapons being delivered to Ukraine, Western PMCs have been delivering them to Ukraine for over two years now.

    AirTronic PMC has been delivering American-made grenade launchers to Kiev for a while and it has been confirmed by its CEO, Richard Vandiver, in his interview with Voice of America.

    In particular, he specified that the companies initiated such deliveries last year and the deliveries have been coordinated by the US Embassy in Kiev, in close cooperation with the State Department, the Pentagon and the Ukrainian government.

    The Syrian Defense Ministry earlier this year, pointed out that automatic weapons and grenade launchers produced in America were common among the jihadists that the Pentagon had denied supporting.

    In 2008, the status of PMCs was clarified in the so-called Montreux Document that was signed by a total of 17 countries. This document contains rules of engagement for those companies and regulates their operations in conflict zones.

    According to this document, the state that hosts a private military company bears full responsibility for its actions in various regions of the world.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: ‘France is no longer free’

    WashingtonYoung French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen spoke at the leading American conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday, as anti-globalism continues to rise across Europe.

    ‘Kremlin trolling monitor’ a scam says Dutch expert

    The HagueSybrand Buma, the chairman of the CDA in the Lower House, told Dutch news service WNL in January that "Russian trolls" want to cause unrest in the Netherlands via Twitter. Buma claimed they did so during a debate in the House of Representatives. His claim turned out to be rubbish.

    The total implosion of CNN’s anti-conservative news

    Cable’s waning news network giant CNN, has seen its viewership drop by nearly a third during peak-watching hours compared to last year and by almost a quarter during the day.

    Media ignore Big Pharma angle after Florida mass shooting

    The mainstream media has not questioned how serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or drugs may be linked to mass shootings given that they are funded by Big Pharma ad revenue.

    Viewer stats crash for Winter Olympic Games without Russia

    Viewer numbers will not even earn the opening of the Olympic Games franchise a bronze medal. It is down 9 percent from what the February 7, 2014 Opening Ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi in Russia delivered in the early numbers.

    Washington Post lambasts Trump for ‘keeping America white for 5 years longer’

    While President Trump has proposed that the USA should only accept skilled immigrants for whom there is an economic need, the Washington Post argues that simply allowing people to settle in the country would expand the economy.

    Is Trump right to blame illegal immigrants for a spike in crime?

    WashingtonUS President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking $25 billion from Congress to fund a wall to be erected between the US and Mexico to keep criminals out. His detractors say he is wrong about crime. But what are the facts?

    The ‘white left’ has become a Chinese internet insult

    BeijingChinese netizens who dislike the "white liberal left" emerged some two years ago. They even have a term for white liberal leftists and it has become one of the most popular derogatory notions in online debates.

    American Psychiatric Association warns against ‘diagnosing’ Trump

    American Psychiatric Association has warned leftist psychiatrists to stop "diagnosing" President Trump without a medical examination, as it represents a total violation of medical ethics.

    ‘Consensus’ on climate science takes a hit in 2017

    Climate change research for 2017 revealed that the alleged "consensus'" on the so-called dangers of anthropogenic global warming has not yet been established as far as all climate scientists are concerned.

    Go to archive