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.
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.
A second chart provides a break down of the contractors by capability.
54% Base Support
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.
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