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Over the last few years, private military firms (PMF) have emerged as a trait of contemporary conflict. Nonetheless, give the difficulties involved in pinning down their exact nature and constitution, it is often hard to adopt a detached approach to the problematic issues they pose. One way of addressing the critical nexus of defining this new mercenary activity is by comparing it with its traditional alternatives, thus establishing the relevant canons. The resulting conclusions delineate the possible birth of a movement that goes against the concentration of force, a phenomenon that can still be seen in other manifestations of warfare today.