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Publication 09.08.2022

Hidden Costs: US private military and security companies and the risks of corruption and conflict

Our latest research catalogues conflict and corruption around the word – harm caused by leaving the privatisation of national security to grow and operate without proper regulation.

The paper documents dozens of cases. The Saudi operatives responsible for the savage murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received combat training from a US security company. In Haiti, the country’s president was murdered last year by an assassin squad of 28 mercenaries, suspected to have been trained in the US and Colombia.

One year on from Afghanistan, exploitation of global conflicts is becoming a bloodier business. Most private military and security firms are registered in the US, so we are calling on Congress to take a leading role in pushing through meaningful reforms under its jurisdiction when draft legislation faces review in September. The time has also come for accreditation standards to be enforced rather than only encouraged, at both a national and international level.

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