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Overseas Contractor Count For First Quarter 2011

This update reports DoD contractor personnel numbers in theater for the first quarter of 2011. It covers DoD contractor personnel deployed in Iraq (Operation New Dawn (OND), Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

In 1st quarter FY 2011, USCENTCOM reported approximately 176,161 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. The number of contractors outside of Iraq and Afghanistan make up less than 2% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR. Over the past year there have been consistent decreases in Iraq and slight increases in Afghanistan. We expect these trends to continue.

A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided below

Iraq Summary

The main categories of contracts in Iraq and the percentages of contractors working on them are displayed below:

Base Support: 42,386 (59.5%)
Security: 12,743 (18%)
Other: 7,851 (11%)
Translator / Interpreter 4,432 (6.2%)
Construction: 1,144 (1.6%)
Transportation: 1,039 (1.5%)
Training: 591 (.9%)
Communication Support: 527 (.7%)
Logistics / Maintenance 429 (.6%)
Total: 71,142

OND Contractor Posture Highlights:

There are currently 71K DoD contractors in Iraq. This represents a 4% decrease as compared to the 4th quarter 2010. The military to contractor ratio in Iraq is now 1 to 1.29.

In Iraq there is a focus on consolidating, de-scoping and cancelling contracts. We expect further decreases in the overall number of contractors as FOBs close and the military footprint is reduced later in FY11.

DoD and DoS are conducting detailed planning for post-2011 contract support.

Afghanistan Summary

The main categories of contracts in Afghanistan are similar to those shown in the Iraq summary. We are currently capturing data by contracting activity as follows:

Theater Support – Afghanistan: 15,041 (17%)
LOGCAP: 25,210 (29%)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 20,884 (24%)
Other:* 26,348 (30%)
Total: 87,483
*Includes Defense Logistics Agency, Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.

OEF Contractor Posture Highlights:

There are currently approximately 87.5K DoD contractors in Afghanistan.

The military to contractor ratio in Afghanistan is 1 to 0.84.

Recent efforts to develop strategies to improve the viability of business in Afghanistan include developing a more skilled workforce, increasing business opportunities, increasing community cash flow, improving public infrastructure such as roads and utilities and community organizational capacity to maintain economic governance. All of these initiatives have a direct influence on the hiring of Afghani local nationals.

Local Nationals make up approximately 53% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.

General Data on DoD Private Security Contractor Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan

USCENTCOM reports, as of 1st quarter FY 2011, the following distribution of private security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Please see the original here at Report at Danger Zone Jobs

January 29, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Iraq, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Wartime Contracting | , , , , , ,

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