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The Insight: The rise of Private Military Companies (PMCs) in conflict and security

Across the globe, we're witnessing a rise in the use of Private Military Companies and Private Security Companies in conflict and security situations. In the latest episode of our threat intelligence podcast, The Insight, the Intelligence Fusion team take a closer look at the changing nature of war and the increasing privatisation of the military. 

As part of our analysis, we highlight the key differences between PMCs and PSCs, the reasons why they're often referred to as the same thing and the advantages and disadvantages of the roles they play in today's conflicts. 

In addition to clearing up the common misconceptions of PMCs, we discuss cases of private military companies in active warzones including current examples such as Azerbaijan, Libya and Ukraine, how they're being used in China with regards to the Belt and Road Initiative and why we expect to see the use of PMCs across the globe only increase in the near future.

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