Overseas Contractor Count – 4th Quarter FY16 – Decrease of 100

In 4th quarter FY 2016, USCENTCOM reported approximately 42,600 contractor personnel working for the DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR. This total reflects a decrease of approximately 100 from the previous quarter.

This report updates DoD contractor personnel numbers and outlines DoD efforts to improve management of contractors accompanying U.S. forces. It covers DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan (Operation Freedom’s Sentinel), Iraq (Operation Inherent Resolve), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

DoD Contractor Personnel in the USCENTCOM AOR


Total Contractors

42,592 – USCENTCOM AOR

25,197 – Afghanistan Only
2,992 – Iraq Only
14,403 – Other USCENTCOM Locations


U.S. Citizens

17,416 – USCENTCOM AOR

9,142 – Afghanistan Only
1,823 – Iraq Only
6,451 – Other USCENTCOM Locations


Third Country Nationals

14,476 – USCENTCOM AOR

5,816 – Afghanistan Only
737 – Iraq Only
7,923- Other USCENTCOM Locations


Local/Host Country Nationals

10,700 – USCENTCOM AOR

10,239 – Afghanistan Only
432 – Iraq Only
29 – Other USCENTCOM Locations


Operation Inherent Resolve Contractor Posture

As of 4th quarter FY 2016, there were approximately 7,700 contractors supporting US government operations in Iraq. About 2,992 of those contractors are in support of DoD-funded contracts.

The distribution of contractors in Iraq by mission category are:

Base Support  463 (15.5%)
Commo Support  150 (5%)
Construction  329 (11%)
Logistics/Maintenance  957 (32%)
Management/Administrative  151 (5%)
Other  60 (2%)
Security  239 (8%)
Training  21 (.7%)
Translator/Interpreter  418 (14%)
Transportation  194 (6.5%)

Total: 2,992


Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary*

In 4th quarter FY16 there were 25,197 DoD contractors in Afghanistan. The overall contractor footprint in Afghanistan decreased by 4.9% from 3rd quarter FY16.

Local nationals comprise 40.6% of total contractor force; 14,958 US/TCN remain to redeploy. A constant Force Management Level (FML) is leading to a relatively stable number of contractors. Contractor footprint may increase with pending drawdown of FML if requirements are not reduced.

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category are:
Base Support 2,302 (9.2%)
Commo Support 942 (3.7%)
Construction 1,607 (6.4%)
Logistics/Maintenance 11,018 (46.6%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 105 (.4%)
Management/Administrative 1,824 (7.3%)
Other 397 (1.5%)
Security 3,053** (12.1%)
Training 889 (3.5%)
Translator/Interpreter 1,643 (6.5%)
Transportation 1,461 (5.8%)
Total: 25,197
*Includes Defense Logistics Agency, Army Materiel Command, Air Force External and Systems Support contracts, Special Operations Command and INSCOM.
**813 Armed Private Security Contractors