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Number of DoD Contractors in Afghanistan at a Record High

Secrecy News March 6, 2011

The number of private security contractors employed by the Department of Defense in Afghanistan has reached a new record high, according to DoD statistics in a recently updated report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service.

“In Afghanistan, as of December 2010, there were 18,919 private security contractor (PSC) personnel working for DOD, the highest number since DOD started tracking the data in September 2007. The number of PSC personnel in Afghanistan has more than tripled since June 2009,” the CRS report said.

“The United States relies on contractors to provide a wide variety of services in Afghanistan and Iraq, including armed security. While DOD has previously contracted for security in Bosnia and elsewhere, it appears that in Afghanistan and Iraq DOD is for the first time relying so heavily on armed contractors to provide security during combat or stability operations.”  Please read the entire article here

March 7, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , ,

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