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Overseas Contractor Count – 4th Quarter FY 2012

Thanks to Danger Zone Jobs for this Post

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 4th quarter FY 2012, USCENTCOM reported approximately 137,000 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. This total reflects no change from the previous quarter. The number of contractors outside of Afghanistan and Iraq make up about 13.7% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR. A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided below:

 

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 109, 564 31,814 39,480 38,270
Iraq Only* 9,000 2,314 4,621 2,065
Other USCENTCOM Locations 18,843 8,764 9,297 782
USCENTCOM AOR 137,407 42,892 53,398 41,117

*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: 16,973 (15%)
LOGCAP: 40,551 (37%)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 7,647 (7%)
Other:* 44,393 (41%)
Total: 113,736
*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 109.5K DoD contractors in Afghanistan. The overall contractor footprint has decreased 3.7% from the 3rd quarter FY12.

The contractor to military ratio in Afghanistan is 1.13 to 1 (based on 84.2K military).

Local Nationals make up 34.9% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.

 

Iraq Summary

Contractor Posture Highlights:

The total number of contractors supporting the U.S. Government in Iraq (DoD+DoS) is now approximately 13.5K, which meets the USG goal of reducing the contractor population at the end of FY 2012.

The Department of Defense and Department of State continue to refine the requirements for contract support. Some 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

USCENTCOM reports, as of 4th 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 18,914 2,014 1,437 15,413
DoD PSCs in Iraq 2,116 102 1,873 191

*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.

October 27, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overseas Contractor Count for Second Quarter 2011

Thanks to Danger Zone Jobs

This update reports DoD contractor personnel numbers in theater for the second 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 2nd quarter FY 2011, USCENTCOM reported approximately 173,644 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. The number of contractors outside of Iraq and Afghanistan make up about 11% of the total contractor population in the USCENTCOM AOR.

A breakdown of DoD contractor personnel is provided below:

IRAQ SUMMARY

Base Support 38,966 60.6 %
Security 10,448 16.3 %
Other 7,235 11.2 %
Translator/Interpreter 4,099 6.4 %
Transportation 1,229 1.9 %
Construction 858 1.3 %
Training 599 .9 %
Communication Support 495 .8 %
Logistics / Maintenance 324 .5 %
Total 64,253

OND Contractor Posture Highlights:

There are currently 64K DoD contractors in Iraq.  This represents a 10% decrease as compared to the 1st quarter 2011.  The military to contractor ratio in Iraq is now 1 to 1.25 (based on 51.5K military).

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.  We expect that approximately 17K-22K contractors will remain after December 31, 2011 in support of DoS and the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.

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:

LOGCAP 31,126 34.5 %
Other* 23,356 25.8 %
*Includes Defense Logistics Agency, Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.
Theater Support – Afghanistan 19,180 21.2 %
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 16,677 18.5 %
Total 90,339

OEF Contractor Posture Highlights:

There are currently approximately 90.3K DoD contractors in Afghanistan.

The military to contractor ratio in Afghanistan is 1 to 0.84 (based on 107.6 military).

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 over 51% of the DoD contracted workforce in Afghanistan.

DoD Private Security Contractor Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan

Private security contractors perform personal security, convoy security, and static security missions.  Not all private security contractor personnel are armed.

USCENTCOM reports, as of 2nd quarter FY 2011, the following distribution of private security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq:

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Department of Defense, Iraq | , , , , | 1 Comment

New Report Breaks Down Security Contractor Trends in Iraq and Afghanistan

 

The Congressional Research Service published a new report last week called: The Department of Defense’s Use of Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq: Background, Analysis, and Options for Congress. A mouthful of a title, but the report contained some interesting graphs about trends concerning security contractors. I’m posting them here for your information, but keep in mind there is still much debate on how accurate the contractor census numbers are. Use them as a rough idea only.

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Contractors & Employees with Security Clearance Earn Average $141,166 in Middle East

Security-cleared professionals based in the Middle East earned on average $141,166 (with bonuses, overtime and danger pay) a decrease from the $148,427 earned a year ago, according to a new survey from ClearanceJobs.com.

In the two war zones, salaries for security-cleared professionals in Iraq are $82,144, slightly ahead of their counterparts in Afghanistan at $81,501.

Average base salaries in the Middle East are $79,732, and 21 percent higher than European based security-cleared professionals who earn $65,947.

However, total compensation in the Middle East is nearly 50 percent higher than Europe when accounting for bonuses, overtime and danger pay. Middle East-based security-cleared professionals earn on average an additional $61,434 or 77 percent of their salaries in other compensation, while Europe-based professionals earn an additional $28,479 or 43 percent of their salaries.

Government contractors report the highest average wages within those countries, while military personnel report the lowest.

Security-cleared professionals working in Iraq are very satisfied with their salaries. Seventy percent of respondents are satisfied, while 19 percent are dissatisfied. This compares to 65 percent of Afghanistan-based security-cleared professionals who are satisfied and 22 percent who feel the opposite.

Please see the original post with comments at Danger Zone Jobs

February 28, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overseas Contractor Count For Fourth Quarter 2010

Thanks to Danger Zone Jobs for this breakdown

This update reports DoD contractor personnel numbers in theater for the fourth quarter of 2010.  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).

Previously for the 4th quarter FY 2010, USCENTCOM reported approximately 194,405 contractor personnel working in the USCENTCOM AOR.  Because aspects of the earlier census (which is a snapshot in time within the quarter), specifically the numbers in Afghanistan, appeared anomalous, a second count was undertaken.   The revised count shows a total of 176,340 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR.  This subsequent count reflects a reduction in both the number of US and TCN personnel in Afghanistan which had been previously reported.

(Prepared by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support)

DoD Contractor Personnel in the USCENTCOM AOR

 

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

Base Support 43,759 59.0%
Security 11,628 15.7%
Translator / Interpreter 4,572 6.2%
Logistics / Maintenance 445 .6%
Construction 2,753 3.7%
Transportation 1,115 1.5%
Communication Support 646 .9%
Training 626 .8%
Other 8,562 11.6%
Total 74,106

OND Contractor Posture Highlights:

  • There was a ~6% decrease (from 79K to 74K) in contractors in Iraq compared to the 3rd quarter FY 2010 census due to ongoing drawdown in Iraq.
  • USF-I met its goal to reduce the contractor footprint to 50K-75K by Sep 30, 2010, and continues the contractor reduction in Iraq.  We expect a continued decrease in the number of overall contractors as FOBs close and military footprint is reduced throughout FY 11.
  • The military to contractor ratio in Iraq is now 1 to 1.12
  • 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 working to present a similar detailed breakout for Afghanistan.  We are currently capturing data by contracting activity as follows:

Theater Support – Afghanistan 11,428 16%
LOGCAP 23,274 33%
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 6,150 9%
DLA 8,500 12%
Other:* 21,247 30%
Total 70,599
*Includes Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.

OEF Contractor Posture Highlights

  • The reported contractor personnel count in Afghanistan has decreased by ~34% (from 107K to 71K) compared to the 3rd quarter FY 2010 census.  This reported decrease is not due to a large reduction in contractor personnel, but rather is due to counting errors (primarily in one specific reporting activity), that have been perpetuated throughout this Fiscal Year.  These errors have been identified and subsequently corrected as part of the reconciliation aspect of the SPOT-plus effort.  This further demonstrates that all reporting activities must continue to transition from manual counts to the mandated automated system.
  • The military to contractor ratio in Afghanistan is 1 to 0.68.
  • 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.

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

USCENTCOM reports, as of 4th quarter FY 2010, the following distribution of private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan:

January 13, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Civilian Police, Contingency Contracing, Department of Defense, Government Contractor, Pentagon, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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