Private Military and Security Companies


This article deals with PMSCs as a relatively new phenomenon in warfare areas. It is open to discussion whether private military companies and the private contractors that they employ, should be treated just like any other transnational industry, or whether they should be treated like mercenaries under international law. As it happened in many countries, private companies and private contractors operate in a legal vacuum. From a strictly legal point of view individuals employed by private military companies are not to be considered as mercenaries. The private military industry offers a wide range of services. Procurement of military services by individuals and private firms has developed in a direction that had probably not been anticipated in previous years. Some military analysts say that the exclusive role of the state in the domain of defence and security is outdated and should be re-examined.

Ing. Jaroslav Kulíšek, Lt.Col. (Ret.), born in 1953, Military University of Ground Forces (VVŠ PF) Vyškov, Military Academy (VAAZ) Brno, Netherlands Integrated Air-Ground Operations School, NIAGOS. He worked at the European Union Operation Command. In the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic he introduced operation standardization into forces, into operational planning and control of ground forces activities. While at the General Staff, he was involved in operational capabilities of integrated combat information surrounding NEC. He occupied himself with the implementation process of introducing operation standardization, command and control systems for expeditionary operations and operational engagement of EU battle groups He took part in UN peace missions: UNOMIGs; NATO: SFOR, NTMI; and the EU: EUFOR RD CONGO. He gained operational experiences in conflicts zones in the Caucasus and Iraq. Currently he works at the Joint Operation Centre, MoD (SOC MO), as a specialist in the field of managing crises and operational planning.

Country: Czech Republic


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