09/24/2007 - There are so many threats in Iraq that it’s hard to know where to start: foreign jihadists, Shiite radicals, Baath party loyalists, and garden-variety criminals, to name a few. Add one unexpected threat to that list: private security providers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has warned that the lack of criminal-background data on prospective private security personnel puts U.S. military forces and Iraqi civilians at risk. The threat is mainly from Iraqi and third-country personnel, testified William Solis, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, before the House Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. @ The testimony is at SM Online.
09/24/2007 - In Mapping Security: The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today’s Global Economy, authors Tom Patterson and Scott Gleeson Blue offer a holistic view of what today’s chief security officers must consider when protecting corporate interests during partnerships with foreign companies.
09/19/2007 - In the 1990s, Russia was on the cusp between Soviet rule and Glasnost. The era, often referred to as the Wild Wild East, saw a nascent and unregulated private security industry made up of former athletes organized under former military officers. But those days are over.