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Overseas Contractor Count – 1st quarter FY 2012


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

In 1st quarter FY 2012, USCENTCOM reported approximately 152,000 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. The number of contractors outside of Afghanistan and Iraq make up about 9.6% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR.

A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided here:



Total Contractors U.S. Citizens Third Country Nationals Local/Host Country Nationals
Afghanistan Only 113,491 25,287 34,811 53,393
Iraq Only* 23,886 11,237 9,445 3,204
Other USCENTCOM Locations 14,618 6,070 6,995 1,553
USCENTCOM AOR 151,995 42,594 51,251 58,150
* These numbers are as of December 9, 2011 and do not reflect the continued contractor drawdown in anticipation of the end of military operations in Iraq.


Iraq Summary

Contractor Posture Highlights:

  • As of December 9, 2011, there were approximately 24K DoD contractors in Iraq. This represents a 55% decrease as compared to the 4th quarter 2011.
  • As of December 31, 2011, Operation New Dawn ended in Iraq. The Department of Defense and Department of State continue to refine the requirements for post-2011 contract support. We project that the end of FY 2012, the USG contractor population in Iraq will be approximately 14K. Roughly half of these contractors are employed under Department of State contracts.
  • Although the remainder are employed under DoD contracts, only approximately 4,000 will be directly supporting DOD mission areas. The remaining contractor personnel employed under DoD contracts are supporting State Department and other civilian activities under the Chief of Mission, Iraq. These DOD contractors are provided on a reimbursable basis.

Afghanistan Summary

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by contracting activity are:

Theater Support – Afghanistan: 20,223 (17.8%)
LOGCAP: 32,297 (28.5%)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 19,347 (17%)
Other:* 41,624 (36.7%)
Total: 113,491
*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 113.5K DoD contractors in Afghanistan. The overall contractor footprint has increased 10.3% from the 4th quarter FY11.
  • The contractor to military ratio in Afghanistan is 1.1 to 1 (based on 99.6K military).
  • Local Nationals make up 47% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.


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

  • In Afghanistan, The Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF) Advisory Group is developing the planning for convoy and development contracts to transition to the APPF by the 20 March 2012 deadline, in accordance with Presidential Decree 62. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) fixed site and military construction PSC contracts have until 20 March 2013 to be transitioned to the APPF.

USCENTCOM reports, as of 1st quarter FY 2012, the following distribution of private security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Total* U.S. Citizens Third Country National Local/Host Country National
DoD PSCs in Afghanistan 20,375 570 897 18,908
DoD PSCs in Iraq 8,995 751 8,083 161
*These numbers include most subcontractors and service contractors hired by prime contractors under DoD contracts. They include both armed and unarmed contractors. They do not include PSCs working under DoS and USAID contracts.

February 7, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors | , , , ,

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