Private military company – Wikipedia

company providing armed combat or security services

A private military company (PMC) is a private company providing armed combat or security services for financial gain. PMCs refer to their staff as “security contractors” or “private military contractors”. Private military companies refer to their business generally as the “private military industry” or “The Circuit”.[1]

The services and expertise offered by PMCs are typically similar to those of governmental security, military or police forces, most often on a smaller scale. While PMCs often provide services to train or supplement official armed forces in service of governments, they can also be employed by private companies to provide bodyguards for key staff or protection of company premises, especially in hostile territories. However, contractors who use offensive force in a war zone could be considered unlawful combatants, in reference to a concept outlined in the Geneva Conventions and explicitly specified by the

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Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library closing in Cape Coral

Charles Runnells
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

After 11 years, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will close its doors Wednesday in Cape Coral.

“It’s just the end of the road,” said founder and CEO Ralph Santillo. “That’s it.”

The closure comes after a financial dispute with the museum’s former business partner, which owns the building and had wanted the museum to pay $5,000 a month in rent, which would go up to $8,000 next year. Until recently, the museum wasn’t required to pay rent at all.

The other option: Buy the building for $1.8 million — money the museum’s leaders say they don’t have.

Santillo and the museum’s board of directors tried raising the money earlier this year, but only received about $6,500 through a GoFundMe page and other donations.

“It was never enough to really make a dent,” Santillo said. “We had to really face reality that we’re

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Cape Coral military museum closes Wednesday. New homes needed for artifacts, vet services

After 11 years, the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will close its doors Wednesday in Cape Coral.



a man holding a wine glass: Ralph Santillo, center, leads guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, Tuesday, Sept. 29, as staff and volunteers hosted their final luncheon for veterans at the museum. The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library will be closing Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after a bitter dispute with its former business partner. Now its organizers are figuring out what to do next, including possibly finding a new space.


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Ralph Santillo, center, leads guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, Tuesday, Sept. 29, as staff and volunteers hosted their final luncheon for veterans at the museum. The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library will be closing Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after a bitter dispute with its former business partner. Now its organizers are figuring out what to do next, including possibly finding a new space.

“It’s just the end of the road,” says founder and CEO Ralph Santillo. “That’s it.”

The closure comes after a financial dispute with the museum’s former business partner, which owns the building and had wanted the museum to pay $5,000 a month in rent, which would go up to $8,000 next year. Until recently, the museum wasn’t required

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Pedri: Contractor discarded military ballots | News

An independent contractor hired to assist with the general election was responsible for discarding nine military ballots that are now the focus of an FBI investigation, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri said Friday.

The contractor began work sorting mail Sept. 14 and “incorrectly” threw away the ballots, he said. Federal investigators have said the ballots contained seven votes for President Donald Trump and two other ballots whose contents were sealed and remain unknown.

Elections Director Shelby Watchilla discovered the discarded ballots on Sept. 16 and began an internal inquiry, Pedri said.

“The temporary independent contractor was removed from service and informed not to return,” Pedri said.

The statement Friday did not address why the contractor threw the ballots away. Reached for additional comment, Pedri said the reason the person threw the ballots away is an issue for federal investigators to determine.

The ballots being received were military and overseas ballots

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