CENTCOM Contractors - new data

The Program Support website for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logisitics and Materiel Readiness) is now publishing a general overview of data of the numbers of contractors in CENTCOM's Area of Operations (AOR). See the page for Hot Topics Data is as of December 31, 2008. Please note: the data is not as comprehensive as that recieved by ePluribus Media in response to its FOIA requests - which are listed at the end of this post. 

General Description

Contractor Support of U.S. Operations in USCENTCOM AOR, IRAQ, and Afghanistan - February 2009

CONTRACTOR SUPPORT OF U.S. OPERATIONS IN USCENTCOM AOR, IRAQ, AND AFGHANISTAN BACKGROUND: 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 Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) as of December 31, 2008.

Breakdown of personnel

According to the data sheet, the numbers represent a 10% decrease of contractors in Iraq which they attribute to a change in reporting procedures. There was a 5% increase in Afghanistan due to an increase in the number of contracts.

By Capability

A second chart provides a break down of the contractors by capability.

54% Base Support
14% Other
13% Construction
7% Translator/Interpreter
6% Security
5% Transportation
1% Communications Support










Private Security Contractors

A third chart provides details on Private Security Contractors (PSC) in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The bulk of the PSC personnel in Iraq are third country nationals, followed second by Local nationals. The US and UK contribute the smallest number - about 10%. In Afghanistan, Local Nationals comprise almost all of the PSC personnel.

The Chart on PSC personnel is followed by details on the rules and regulations governing the arming of security personnel.







The document ends with a section called "Improvements to Management and Oversight of DoD Contractors." One excerpt sums up the last 5 years in Iraq quite nicely:

Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker (SPOT).

We continue to transition from manual accounting of contractor personnel to a web-based, database tool, called SPOT, to track contractor personnel and contractor capability in theater. A SPOT-generated Letter of Authorization is now required for contractors receiving government furnished support in the CENTCOM AOR. This requirement has led to a substantial increase in registered contractors; there are now 152,000 active records of contractors in SPOT. Initial deployment of Joint Asset Management and Movement System (JAMMS) scanners to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan is complete. This scanning equipment captures movements of contractor personnel through key life support and movement nodes using their identification cards.

That statement alone pretty much answers all of my outstanding questions about the last five years. I hope someone at the Department of Defense knows enough to be embarrassed.

Additional Reading:

How to Research Iraq Contracts
By Susie Dow, December 17, 2008

Iraq Contractors: Raw Data From CENTCOM 
By Susie Dow, ePluribus Media July 8, 2007

Iraq Contractors - Raw Data From CENTCOM - Pt II
By Susie Dow, ePluribus Media October 30, 2008

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You rock! (Just in case nobody has told you that lately).

Your tireless work on the contractor's in Iraq and Afghanistan has been outstanding.

Thank you.

 It's not a glamorous topic but I hope it helps people to better understand how the government works. Or doesn't work, as the case sometimes is. I still can't get over that they had equipment RFID in place long before they had any system to track contracting personnel. That just doesn't make sense but it goes along way to explaining how the case of Kirk von Ackermann fell through the cracks.

A new map was released in December 2008. Link to press release:

The map is here:

Significant changes made by UCP 2008 include:

- Codifying USAFRICOM as a geographic combatant command through assignment of specific missions, responsibilities, and geographic boundaries; the command became fully operation capable Oct. 1, 2008.

- Codifying influenza.

- Updating “cyberspace operations” responsibilities assigned to U.S. Strategic Command.

- Assigning all combatant commanders responsibility for planning and conducting military support to stability, security, transition, and reconstruction operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.

- Realigning the USNORTHCOM and U.S. Southern Command areas of responsibility (AOR) by placing the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands in the USNORTHCOM AOR.

Many contractors were hired during the rehabilitation of Afghanistan and Iran.The contractors belonged to famous US comapnies such as Springfield Handyman and Denver electricians. They did not earned a lot but still worked for the welfare and betterment of the people there.


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