Lenz, Megan

Group 4 Securicor, more commonly referred to as G4S, is a private military company made up of 625,000+ employees. Located in Crawley, West Sussex, it is listed as a security agency, and is the second-largest private employer in the world, only behind Wal-Mart. This company operates in bank security, prison security, and airport security, but most importantly, in crisis zones of the world. In 2008, G4S bought out another security company, Armorgroup, which was made up of 9000 guards who were responsible for protecting about a third of all non-military convoys in Iraq. G4S has a security presence that spans through 125 countries, including the most dangerous parts of Africa and Latin America. G4S prides themselves for having extensive training for their contractors, including heavily-armed security forces, land-mine clearing, military intelligence, and military training. Currently, G4S is occupying Israel and Palestine, mainly in the prison system in Israel and along checkpoints of West Bank.

G4S is a non-governmental organization, meaning that it was not created by the government, and largely cannot be regulated by the government. This being said, this private military group has more freedom to take action in the way they see fit, which can be much different from how the United States military operates. Since they are not under direct government control, they can use more brute force and violence to further their efforts in fighting. However, with this lack of regulation comes media backlash. G4S has been accused of disregarding basic human rights when dealing with conflict in these crisis areas. They have been said to use unacceptable measures of force to complete their missions. This truth reveals that this PMF is more willing to do dangerous and questionable things, which may appeal to radicals in crisis areas, who are not as concerned with the well-being of people not involved in the fight. Contractors become more appealing to these groups, as they can work together more closely and along the same lines to finish their missions. By creating this name for themselves in these conflict areas, civilians may be more wary of these contractors, and not trust them in social situations. The NGOs operate independently from the government and nation they are headquartered in, ultimately giving them more freedom in their actions.