David Isenberg: Trump & Private Military Contractors — Can Jim Mattis Close This Door?

Trump and the Return of Private Military Contractors The PMSC sector is the U.S. military’s American Express card; it dare not deploy without it. Or, to use a more morbid pop culture reference, consider the first Alien movie, when they try to remove the facehugger from a crewman’s face, only to realize that trying to …

David Isenberg: The Real Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election – The Military Industrial Complex

The Real Winner of the 2016 Elections Although political and media analysts will be parsing the election results for months to come one winner is blatantly obvious, and it is not Donald Trump. Rather, it is something all tax-paying Americans support, even if they don’t think about it: the military-industrial congressional-complex (MICC). To confirm that …

David Isenberg: Interview on Private Military Corporations (PMC)

The following interview with David Isenberg [1] was carried out in Washington D.C., on January 15, 2014 by Patrick Renz and Frauke Heidemann. The main focus of the interview was on the definition of Private Military Companies (PMC), governmental oversight, the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq, the role of small arms in unstable states and …

David Isenberg: Africa, China, Oil, & Blackwater

Erik Prince and Bubblin Crude: “Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea” If you have been following the news recently you would have seen a spate of articles  regarding Erik Prince’s latest business venture, Frontier Resources Group. At this point those who follow PMSC issues should all know who Erik Prince is. But for those …

David Isenberg: Using and Regulating Private Military Contractors (PMC)

PMSC Using States: Who’s Been Naughty and Who’s Been Nice? EXTRACT: One problem though. Since Montreux came into being nobody has had a way to compare in any kind of systematic way how various states were ensuring that PMSC headquartered on their territory were complying with the document’s best practices. In effect, nobody has known …

David Isenberg: Private Military Contractors — Foxes in the Henhouse

The PMSC fox in the government henhouse Although he may not have intended it as such, all the publicity surrounding the recent published book by Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm once known as Blackwater, has actually served a useful public policy purpose; namely, highlighting the near ubiquitous presence of private military and …

David Isenberg: Open Source for Government

Steven Tyler captures the essence of open source when he says, “If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light mine off of yours.” Like a candle’s flame, software won’t be anymore effective if kept to itself. With that said, in the name of sharing, GovLoop is proud to introduce …

David Isenberg: The Perils of Privatizing Intelligence

Ever since former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden started revealing national Security Agency documents earlier this year there has been renewed debate about what is the proper balance between public and private sector roles and participation in the intelligence community.  This is an issue, which, in recent years, has periodically come up, but has …

David Isenberg: Protecting Victims of the Privatization of War

Isenberg Institute of Strategic Satire Protecting the Victims of the Privatization of War  Over the years we have seen numerous cases of various abuses and outright crimes by private military and security contractors (PMSC).  True, they don’t happen every day, and don’t reflect the actions of the vast majority of the contractors working overseas but …

David Isenberg: 70% of the US Intelligence Community — Contractors — Reasonably Subject to Question on Both Legal and Efficiency Grounds

From Boox Allen to James Bond EXTRACT (CONCLUSION): Ms. Windsor’s bottom line is this: When the government forms contracts for core governmental functions, particularly in the area of national security, the consequences of problems arising under those contracts can be severe. Preventing those harms is in the United States’ interest, under the two-pronged policy of …

David Isenberg: What Rules, If Any, Should Govern Death by Drone? (Never mind the 98% collateral damage….)

What Rules Should Govern US Drone Attacks? April 4, 2013 Kenneth Roth Larry Towell/Magnum Photos Drone aircraft at a US base, Afghanistan, 2011 As bits and pieces of the Obama administration’s legal justifications for its drone attacks trickle out, what is most striking is their deliberate ambiguity. The recent Justice Department “White Paper,” for example, …