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Interest ofPeter Warren Singer

A private military contractor or private military company is a rebranding of the concept of the mercenary.

Legal status

Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson attempted to ban mercenaries, but was thwarted by the UK Deep state, which was using Keenie Meenie Services for a range of operations.[1]


PMCs often operate de facto beyond the reach of any effective law.

“The sector still has no binding regulations, though. It doesn’t even have an agreed-upon definition of a private military or security company.”
Abigail Fielding-Smith,  Crofton Black,  The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (January 2019)  [2]



Page nameDescription
Aegis Defence ServicesPMC founded in 2002 by Cercle attendee Tim Spicer
ArmorGroup/North America
BlackwaterBlackwater was a huge US-based private military contractor infamous for a string of scandals.
CACIMajor MIC contractor; torture in Abu Ghraib. Often referred to as “Colonels and Captains, Inc.” to indicate the frequent revolving door of senior military personnel in the company. The company also has strong Israeli ties.
Control RisksA British private security company.
DynCorpA long established private military contractor. Whistleblowers have alleged that the group engages in child sex trafficking amongst other activities.
Executive OutcomesA private military contractor which offered "Security management" and "full-service risk management consulting". It operated during the 1990s and boasted 500 military advisers and over 3000 military personnel, largely drawn from the South African Civil Cooperation Bureau.
Free Syrian PoliceA hastily re-branded Western proxy force in Syria.
Global Strategies Group
HalliburtonMurky US PMC
Jim HawesJim Hawes was a member of SEAL Team 2 (Class 29) and a CIA Contractor who gained notoriety by starting the "Congolese Navy" (Force Navale Congolaise) in support of CIA backed "Mad Mike" Hoare's exploits to put down the Rebellion in the Congo. Jim also hunted for Che Guevara who was in that part of the world at the time stirring up his brand of communism.
Janusian Security Risk Management
Keenie Meenie ServicesA private military contractor implicated in Iran Contra. Bought out in 1977 by Major David Walker (SAS).
Military Professional Resources Inc.
Phoenix Close Protection
Sabre International SecurityA PMC which profited big in Iraq from the war and then vanished when the going was not good.
Saladin Security Ltd
Sandline International
South African Institute for Maritime ResearchA private military milita that worked closely with the South African apartheid regime
Turi Defense Group