For Monday's Mash-up, I offer the following for consumption.
From the British media we have:
- ArmorGroup wins a $189 million contract to protect the US Embassy in Kabul. This, in the words of TimesOnline (and probably ArmorGroup itself), "confirms Armor as a leader in diplomat protection."
- An MP wants to know the Rules of Engagement (RoE) of security contractors in Iraq, as noted in a letter to the editor. Apparently 25% of UK Iraq aid goes to security (why so low? US figures are closer to 33% and up to 50%, are we getting charged too much?, if we give the UK a 5% commission, we'd still save money).
While we're on the private military industry...
- RYP reports on IraqSlogger that the Iraqi MoI is enjoying some sovereign powers when it comes to issuing weapons permits to contractors, to the likely detriment of PERSEC.
- David Phinney not just opens the kimono on contractor deaths but shines a light inside: they're now 20% of the total deaths. David is the kimono manager for this sort of thing... :)
On the wiki front:
- KurzweilAI.net brings us a BusinessWeek article on transformation of communication through wikis and blogs (it might be knowledge management, but from my experience w/ the ConflictWiki, it is at best knowledge capture and sharing with little real management, but that's just me).
- CSIS's PCR Blog also has wiki news, this time on Citizendium. See also Kathryn Cramer's comments on Wikipedia's editorial threshold.