A code of conduct for private contractors that provide security personnel in support of military missions has been developed jointly by various government and industry organizations. The goal of the effort, which was spearheaded by the Swiss government, is to establish international norms for the industry.
Experts contend that governments currently patrolling off the coast of Somalia will withdraw, leaving merchants to fend for themselves.
The U.S. should augment current work in chemical and biological defense with more efforts to deter adversaries from developing and using such weapons, according to a study from the RAND Corporation (.pdf).
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