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Quick Facts: Private security contractors in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Press Tv You.S.Desk  March 1, 2011 pm

The chairman of the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting decried on Monday a federal system that has allowed contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to steal and waste tens of billions of dollars. Huffington post

“For the 200,000 people employed by contractors to provide support and capability in Iraq and Afghanistan, accountability is too often absent, diluted, delayed, or avoided,” Republican co-chair Chris Shays, formerly a longtime congressman from Connecticut, said while calling to order a hearing of the commission Monday. Huffington post

Increasing role of contractors

The commission last week issued a blistering interim report to Congress: “At What Risk? Correcting over-reliance on contractors in contingency operations,” which concluded that “misspent dollars run into the tens of billions” out of the nearly $200 billion spent on contracts and grants since 2002 to support military, reconstruction and other U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Huffington post

The U.S. has been increasingly using private military contractors in its ongoing “war on terror” in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The heavy reliance on contractors in Afghanistan signals that a situation that defense planners once considered temporary has become a standard fixture of U.S. military operations.

Many contractors in Afghanistan are likely to face combat-like conditions, particularly those manning far-flung outposts, and are exposed to possible militant attacks — blurring the line between soldier and support staff.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command told TPM website in December 2009 that the U.S. Department of Defense has 104,100 contractors in Afghanistan.

According to a study by the Congressional Research Service in late 2009, the surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone. Washingtonpost

CRS, which provides background information to members of Congress on a bipartisan basis, said it expects an additional 26,000 to 56,000 contractors to be sent to Afghanistan. That would bring the number of contractors in the country to anywhere from 130,000 to 160,000. Washingtonpost

After years of denial by U.S. state department and Pakistani officials, US defense secretary Robert Gates in an interview with the Pakistani TV station Express TV on January, 2010 confirmed that the private security firms Blackwater and DynCorp are operating inside Pakistan. Please read the entire story here

March 2, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, DynCorp, Pakistan, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Wartime Contracting | , , , , ,

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