1st Qtr FY 2022 Contractor Count Decreases by 1,499

During 1st quarter FY22, USCENTCOM reported approximately 18,918 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, a decrease of approximately 1,499 from the previous quarter. As a reminder, USCENTCOM AOR totals include contractor personnel providing capabilities in Israel.

This report provides Department of Defense (DoD) contractor personnel numbers for 1st quarter Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) and current status of efforts underway to improve management of contractors accompanying United States (U.S.) Forces. It includes data on DoD contractor personnel deployed in Iraq and Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR); and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

OIR (Iraq and Syria) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 5,802 DoD contractors directly supported DoD-funded contracts in Iraq and Syria. This is an increase of 29.3% from 4th quarter FY21. The increase is partially attributable to the Air Force updating the Synchronized Predeployment and Operational Tracker-Enterprise Suite to include Foreign Military Sales contractors in Iraq.

The distribution of contractors in Iraq and Syria by mission category are:

  • Base Support 1,666 (28.7%)
  • Construction 341 (5.9%)
  • IT/Communications Support 272 (4.7%)
  • Logistics/Maintenance 1,633 (28.1%)
  • Management/Administrative 313 (5.4%)
  • Medical/Dental/Social Services 75 (1.3%)
  • Other 117 (2.0%)
  • Security 329 (5.7%)
  • Training 16 (0.3%)
  • Translator/Interpreter 457 (7.9%)
  • Transportation 583 (10.0%)
    Total: 5,802


Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Operational Contract Support Integration Cell received approval to process over 400 contractors through the Continental U.S. Replacement Center, and mitigated operational impacts as contractors complied with prevailing visa guidance from the Government of Kuwait.

Defense Standards for Security Services: All DoD contracts for private security services require compliance with American National Standard Institute (ANSI) PSC.1-2012 (R2017), “Quality Management Standard for Private Security Company Operations” or International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 18788-2015 “Management Systems for Private Security Operations.”

All private security companies contracted by DoD at any tier are currently compliant with one or both of these standards and have achieved independent third-party certification. A total of 98 private security companies from 30 different countries have achieved independent third-party certification to one or both of these standards.