4th Quarter FY2018 Contractor Count Increases by 206

During 4th quarter FY18, USCENTCOM reported approximately 49,451 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, an increase of approximately 206 from the previous quarter.

This report provides DoD contractor personnel numbers for 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2018 (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 12,818 contractors supporting U.S. Government operations in Iraq and Syria, approximately 6,318 contractors are directly supporting DoD-funded contracts. This is an approximate 18.7% increase from last quarter, due to an increased demand for Logistics and Maintenance commercial support.

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

Base Support 1,273 (20.1%)
Construction 475 (7.5%)
IT/Communications Support 287 (4.6%)
Logistics/Maintenance 2,123 (33.6%)
Management/Administrative 319 (5.0%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 16 (0.3%)
Other 79 (1.3%)
Security 418 (6.6%)
Training 8 (0.1%)
Translator/Interpreter 852 (13.5%)
Transportation 468 (7.4%)
Total: 6,318

Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 25,239 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during 4th quarter FY18, an decrease of 1% from 3rd quarter FY18. Local Nationals comprise 14.4% of total contractor force; 21,617 US/TCN remain to redeploy.

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category are:

Base Support 3,556 (14.1%)
Construction 1,877 (7.4%)
IT/Communications Support 915 (3.6%)
Logistics/Maintenance 7,657 (30.3%)
Management/Administrative 1,462 (5.8%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 87 (0.4%)
Other 573 (2.3%)
Security 4,172* (16.5%)
Training 1,135 (4.5%)
Translator/Interpreter 2,045 (8.1%)
Transportation 1,760 (7.0%)
Total: 25,239


DoD Private Security Contractor Personnel in Afghanistan

A total of 2,397 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) were supporting USCENTCOM operations in Afghanistan as of 4th quarter FY18.

Total Contractors – 2,397
U.S. Citizens – 364
Third Country Nationals – 1,807
Local/Host Country Nationals – 226

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