British-American Security Information Council
The British-American Security Information Council is an independent researchorganization that analyzes international security issues. BASIC works to promoteawareness of security issues among the public, policy makers and the media in order tofoster informed debate on both sides of the Atlantic.BASIC in the UK is a registered charity no. 1001081. BASIC in the US a non-profitorganization constituted under Section 501 (c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue ServiceCode.Published by the British American Security Information CouncilBASIC Research Report 2004.4 – September 2004
David Isenberg has been researching and writing on private military companies for over a decade. His 1997 monograph "Soldiers of Fortune Ltd.: A Profile of Today's PrivateSector Corporate Mercenary Firms" and television episode "Conflict Inc." areacknowledged staples in the field. He has written on the subject for the ChristianScience Monitor, USA Today magazine, IntellectualCapitol, and Asia Times; lectured atUS military schools and overseas on the subject; and been a frequent commentator onnumerous radio and television shows on PMC activities.
The writing of this report would not have been possible without the information andcomments made on the AMPM list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AMPMlist), devotedto the international trade in private military services run by Doug Brooks, founder of theInternational Peace Operations Association. Also thanks to various PMC employees,who prefer to remain anonymous, who provided information. For helpful suggestions inediting the text I am grateful to Ian Davis, director, and Paul Ingram, senior analyst, of BASIC’s London office.Many of the sources of this information for this report come from nonofficial, publicsources such as newspapers, magazines, journals, and books. We cannot vouch for thecomplete accuracy of all of the cited sources.Responsibility for the report’s contents is that of the author.2