3rd quarter FY2018 Contractor Count Increases by 2,468

During 3rd quarter FY18, USCENTCOM reported approximately 49,245 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, an increase of approximately 2,468 from the previous quarter.

This report provides DoD contractor personnel numbers for 3rd 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 and Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR); and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq & Syria) Summary

Contractor Posture: Of the approximately 12,242 contractors supporting U.S. Government operations in Iraq and Syria, approximately 5,323 contractors are directly supporting DoD-funded contracts. This is an approximate 3.3% decrease from last quarter, due to a slight decrease in demand for Transportation services.

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

Base Support 1,097 (19.0%)
Construction 435 (8.1%)
IT/Communications Support 267 (4.8%)
Logistics/Maintenance 1,722 (31.2%)
Management/Administrative 271 (5.2%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 19 (0.2%)
Other 70 (1.2%)
Security 364 (6.5%)
Training 23 (0.5%)
Translator/Interpreter 656 (15.0%)
Transportation 399 (8.3%)
Total: 5,323

Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 26,922 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during 3rd quarter FY18, an increase of 1% from 2nd quarter FY18. Local Nationals comprise 23.3% of total contractor force; 20,655 US/TCN remain to redeploy.

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category are:

Base Support 3,877 (13.9%)
Construction 2,085 (7.8%)
IT/Communications Support 995 (3.7%)
Logistics/Maintenance 8,252 (31.6%)
Management/Administrative 1,688 (6.6%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 77 (0.3%)
Other 604 (2.4%)
Security 4,158* (15.2%)
Training 1,455 (5.3%)
Translator/Interpreter 2,053 (7.1%)
Transportation 1,678 (6.1%)
Total: 26,922

A total of 2,002 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) were supporting USCENTCOM operations in Afghanistan as of 3rd quarter FY18.

DoD Private Security Contractor Personnel in Afghanistan
Total Contractors – 2,002
U.S. Citizens – 746
Third Country Nationals – 1,082
Local/Host Country Nationals – 174

*These numbers include most subcontractors and service contractors hired by prime contractors under DoD contracts.