On 23 July, an article from the Center for Strategic and International Studies examines Russia’s growing use of private military companies (PMC) to increase its influence through irregular means. Although Russian PMC present only one of a variety of national security threats and challenges facing the US, this report assesses that they warrant a more substantive and coordinated response from the US and its partners.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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