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Overseas Contractor Count – 2nd Quarter FY 2012

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This update reports DoD contractor personnel numbers in theater and outlines DoD efforts to improve management of contractors accompanying U.S. forces. It covers DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraq, and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

In 2nd quarter FY 2012, USCENTCOM reported approximately 153,000 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. This was approximately a .6% increase from the previous quarter. The number of contractors outside of Afghanistan and Iraq make up about 16% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR.


A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided below:

DoD Contractor Personnel in the USCENTCOM AOR

Total Contractors U.S. Citizens Third Country Nationals Local & Host Country Nationals
Afghanistan Only 117,227 34,765 37,898 44,564
Iraq Only* 10,967 3,260 5,539 2,168
Other USCENTCOM Locations 24,765 11,126 12,796 843
USCENTCOM AOR 152,959 49,151 56,233 47,575

*Includes DoD contractors supporting U.S. Mission Iraq and/or Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq


Afghanistan Summary

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by contracting activity are:

Theater Support – Afghanistan: 20,226 (17%)
LOGCAP: 32,653 (28%)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 15,222 (13%)
Other:* 49,126 (42%)
Total: 117,227
*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 117.2K DoD contractors in Afghanistan. The overall contractor footprint has increased 3.2% from the 1st quarter FY12.

The contractor to military ratio in Afghanistan is 1.18 to 1 (based on 99.2K military).

Local Nationals make up 38% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.


Iraq Summary

Contractor Posture Highlights:

There was a 54% decrease in the number of DoD contractors as compared to the 1st quarter 2012 due to the end of Operation New Dawn and the transition of authority to the Chief of Mission.

The Department of Defense and Department of State continue to refine the requirements for contract support. We project that by 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.


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

Total* U.S. Citizens Third Country National Local & Host Country National
DoD PSCs in Afghanistan 26,612 519 782 25,311
DoD PSCs in Iraq 3,577 288 2,991 298

*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.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uganda nabs top LRA commander Achellam

Al Jazeera  May 13, 2012

Uganda has captured one of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s top five rebels, bringing it a step closer to catching Joseph Kony, the LRA leader accused of war crimes.

The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) said on Sunday that Caesar Achellam, a major general in Kony’s outfit of about 200 fighters, was captured in an ambush on Saturday along the banks of the River Mbou in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR).

They said Achellam had been armed with just an AK-47 rifle and eight rounds of ammunition. He was being held with his wife, a young daughter and a helper.

‘Big fish’

The army, which has a force hunting for Kony full-time in the jungles of CAR, backed by American troops, said the capture of Achellam would encourage other fighters to abandon the LRA.

“The arrest of Major General Caesar Achellam is big progress because he is a big fish. His capture is definitely going to cause an opinion shift within LRA,” said Felix Kulaigye, UPDF spokesman.

A reporter from the Reuters news agency who accompanied UPDF forces to CAR said Achellam, who was paraded before the media, was walking with a limp, which he attributed to an old wound

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US insists Iraq police training not being scrapped

AFP  May 13, 2012

BAGHDAD — The US embassy in Baghdad insisted on Sunday it had no plans to shut down a multi-billion-dollar police training programme that it said was a “vital part” of its enormous civilian mission here.

Responding to a New York Times report that the US may phase the programme out entirely, the embassy did not comment on the newspaper’s claims it would reduce the number of police advisers to just 50 or directly address charges it spent more than $100 million on a facility that it will no longer use.

“Despite a New York Times report to the contrary, the US Embassy in Baghdad and the Department of State have no plans to shut down the Police Development Programme in Iraq that began in October 2011,” an embassy statement said.

It said it would return a Baghdad Police College annex to Iraqi authorities, thereby relocating US police advisers to the heavily-fortified embassy and generating “considerable cost savings”.

“The Police Development Programme is a vital part of the US-Iraqi relationship and an effective means of standing by our Iraqi friends as they protect their sovereignty and democratic institutions from internal and external threats,” embassy spokesman Michael McClellan said in the statement.

Citing unnamed State Department officials, the New York Times reported on Sunday that new restructuring plans called for the number of police advisers to be reduced to just 50, from what was originally envisioned as a cadre of 350.

It also said that the embassy spent more than $100 million on upgrades to the Baghdad Police College, but that the building was “recently abandoned, unfinished”.

The embassy did not immediately confirm the amount of money spent on the police college, and a spokesman said that “all staffing levels are evaluated periodically in coordination with the” Iraqi government.

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U.S. may scrap efforts to train Iraqi police units

The New York Times at The News Observer

BAGHDAD — In the face of spiraling costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place, the State Department has slashed – and may jettison entirely by the end of the year – a multibillion-dollar police training program that was to have been the centerpiece of a hugely expanded civilian mission here.

What was originally envisioned as a training cadre of about 350 U.S. law enforcement officers was quickly scaled back to 190 and then to 100. The latest restructuring calls for 50 advisers, but most experts and even some State Department officials say even they may be withdrawn by the end of this year.

The training effort, which began in October and has already cost $500 million, was conceived of as the largest component of a mission billed as the most ambitious U.S. aid effort since the Marshall Plan. Instead, it has emerged as the latest high-profile example of the waning American influence here following the military withdrawal, and it reflects a costly miscalculation on the part of U.S. officials, who did not count on the Iraqi government to assert its sovereignty so aggressively.

“I think that with the departure of the military, the Iraqis decided to say, ‘OK, how large is the American presence here?“’ said James Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, in an interview. “How large should it be? How does this equate with our sovereignty? In various areas they obviously expressed some concerns.”

Costly upgrades

Last year, the State Department embarked on $343 million worth of construction projects around the country to upgrade facilities to accommodate the police training program, which was to have comprised hundreds of trainers and more than 1,000 support staff members working in three cities – Baghdad, Erbil and Basra – for five years. But like so much else in the nine years of war, occupation and reconstruction here, it has not gone as planned.

A lesson given by a U.S. police instructor to a class of Iraqi trainees neatly encapsulated the program’s failings. There are two clues that could indicate someone is planning a suicide attack, the instructor said: a large bank withdrawal and heavy drinking.



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British servicemen killed by Afghan police in suspected ‘green on blue’ attack

The Independent  May 13, 2012

Two British servicemen have been shot dead by Afghan police in Helmand province in a suspected ‘green on blue’ attack, the Ministry of Defence said today.

The soldiers, one from the 1st Battalion Welsh guards and the other a Royal Air Force airman, were killed in the Lashkar Gah district yesterday.

Next of kin have been informed.

A spokesman from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) today claimed the attack was carried out by two individuals wearing Afghan national police force uniforms.

One of the attackers is thought to be still at large, and the other was killed when allied forces returned fire.

The two deceased soldiers were members of an advisory team providing security for a meeting with Afghan officials near Patrol Base Attal.

The incident would appear to be another in a series of so-called ‘green on blue’ attacks where Afghan security forces have attacked international allies.

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