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7 Most Effective Private Military Companies (PMCs)

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From secret security services to rescue operations that cost millions, these are the most effective private military companies.


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Number 7 Northbridge Services Group
Northbridge Services Group is a company based in the Dominican Republic with branches in Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Northbridge gained attention in 2003, when it conducted a rescue operation of 25 oil workers who’d spent two weeks on Nigerian oil rigs. The fee for the service was placed at $4 million.
Number 6 Securitas AB
This Stockholm-based security group employs over 300,000 people in over 50 countries around the world. Securitas AB’s range of services includes consulting, monitoring, investigation as well as mobile patrolling and security guarding. Founded in 1934, it currently consists of three chief departments: Security Services North America, Security Services Europe and Security Services Ibero-America.
Number 5 Aegis Services
In May 2011, Aegis Services and several other companies replaced the ground operations in Baghdad, following its retreat from the region. That same year, Aegis received a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for security services in Kabul, Afghanistan. In this capacity the company facilitated intelligence sharing between reconstruction contractors and security forces and maintained active awareness of all operations. Like other companies on this list, Aegis is no stranger to controversy. In October, 2005, a video emerged of private military contractors firing upon civilian vehicles in Baghdad apparently with no discernible cause.
Number 4 Triple Canopy
Triple Canopy was founded in May 2003 by formerDelta operators. In 2014, the company merged with long-time rival Academi to form the Constellis Group. Prior to the merger it employed over 5,000 people and boasted former Rangers, SEALs, MARSOC Critical Skills Operators and other highly-trained personnel.
Number 3 DynCorp
DynCorp started out as an aviation company before expanding to include security, intelligence training and other services.
Number 2 G4S
Currently based in London, G4S was created in 2004 through the merger of the British company Securicor and the Danish company 4 Falck. G4S describes itself as “the world’s leading global security and outsourcing group”. It’s a description that seems to fit, considering that it employs over 570,000 people and generates close to $10 billion in revenue. G4S is one of the largest private employers in the world, with operations in more than 90 countries. Its core services include monitoring and response, security systems, manned security as well as risk management and consulting services.
Number 1 Academi
Formerly known as Blackwater, this American company was founded in 1997 by retired officer Erik Prince. For this contract, Academi provided 20 men who were given top secret clearance. In August 2003, Academi received its first contract, worth an estimated $21 million. What followed was a 2-year umbrella contract with the State Department which earned it around $488 million. Academi currently owns the largest training facility in the US, a 7,000-acre property in North Carolina. Historically, the company has been as effective as it’s been controversial.

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