During 1st quarter FY18, USCENTCOM reported approximately 46,257 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, an increase of approximately 2,984 from the previous quarter.
This report provides DoD contractor personnel numbers for 1st quarter FY18 and current status of efforts underway to improve management of contractors accompanying U.S. Forces. It includes data on DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS), Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).
Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq) Summary
Contractor Posture: Of the approximately 9,645 contractors supporting U.S. Government operations in Iraq, approximately 4,927 contractors are directly supporting DoD-funded contracts.
This is a 6.5% increase over last quarter, due to an increase in the demand for Construction, Translator/Interpreter, and Logistics/Maintenance contractors.
The distribution of contractors in Iraq by mission category are:
- Base Support 827 (16.8%)
- Construction 499 (10.1%)
- IT/Communications Support 267 (5.4%)
- Logistics/Maintenance 1,480 (30.0 %)
- Management/Administrative 247 (5.0%)
- Medical/Dental/Social Services 14 (0.3%)
- Other 64 (1.3%)
- Security 406 (8.2%)
- Training 37 (0.8%)
- Translator/Interpreter 805 (16.3%)
- Transportation 281 (5.7%)
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary
Contractor Posture: Approximately 26,043 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during 1st quarter FY18, an increase of 9.2% from 4th quarter FY17.
Local Nationals comprise 24.5% of total contractor force; 19,666 US/TCN remain to redeploy.
The expected Force Manning Level increase will drive an increase in contracted support requirements thus increasing contractor footprint.
A total of 1,867 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) were supporting USCENTCOM operations in Afghanistan as of 1st quarter FY18.
The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category are:
- Base Support 3,511 (13.5%)
- Construction 2,115 (8.1%)
- IT/Communications Support 943 (3.6%)
- Logistics/Maintenance 8,092 (31.1%)
- Management/Administrative 1,810 (7.0%)
- Medical/Dental/Social Services 137 (0.5%)
- Other 1,025 (3.9%)
- Security 3,984** (15.3%)
- Training 918 (3.5%)
- Translator/Interpreter 1,852 (7.1%)
- Transportation 1,656 (6.4%)
*Includes Defense Logistics Agency, Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.
**1,867 Armed Private Security Contractors