Private Military and Security Companies
Countries all over the world strive to end the war as it causes poverty and undermines development prospects by destroying infrastructure and reducing the use of agricultural land. Nevertheless, not all people and organizations are affected by war as companies supplying military materials and those who run mercenary armies for combat states benefits through proceeds they make by selling more military equipment. Campaigns, therefore, arise to question companies which profit from selling military materials. Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) are comprised of several legal structures which are working towards becoming a respectable sector of the military. The mercenaries provide services such services as intelligence, direct combat, planning, and consulting as well as security, technical assistance, and training in conflict areas. The rise of PMSCs has, therefore, led to changes in people’s perception of war and also caused change in economic, social and political structures.
After the introduction of these mercenaries, the government started evading accountability. As stated in the article by Mathieu and Dearden (5), some western countries would now struggle to wage war without the support of PMSCs. These mercenaries have also been introduced to Iraq, a country where security is a big challenge(Carlson, 4). They have had a history of engaging directly in combat operations, which makes them interesting to the Iraqi government. These mercenaries seem to take over the role of the governments as they tend to progressively outsource more of their responsibilities to the private sector.
PMSCs are not only helping the Western governments. Their expertise is also relied upon by weak African governments. In return, the governments lack regulatory legislation against these companies as they do not want to interfere with the activities of an industry that is profitable to them. Therefore, most countries using the services of PMSCs lack control over them, which poses a major threat to peace in many regions. The rate of growth of such formations necessitates legislation to regulate them.
In conclusion, in the modern warfare, there are particular private organizations that benefit from providing their services in areas of conflict. Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) have been widely used in recent years by governments of different war-affected nations to regulate the situation within these countries. The uncontrolled rise of such organization poses a significant threat to the world peace and, therefore, requires the adoption of corresponding legislation to control the use of such units.