Recently, President Barack Obama has announce a slowing of U.S. Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Instead of the planned withdrawal down to 5,500 troops, the level will only be reduced to 8,400 troops. This is the second time in recent months that the original timetables for troop reduction have been revised.
Removing a military presence in either Afghanistan or Iraq has proven to be more difficult, given the escalation of violence in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Enlisted military personnel cannot perform their work without support from private military contractors. According to newsletters from websites Government Executive and the Daily Caller News Foundation issued back in February 2016, there has been a sharp increase in the number of military contractors, particularly in Iraq.
According to the Daily Caller newsletter, there has been an eight-times increase in military contractor personnel in Iraq since 18 months ago, in January 2015. There are over 2,000 military contractors in Iraq. About 30 percent work in logistics jobs, and over 20 percent are translators. The rest work in transportation, security, construction and other management and support roles.
KBR, Dyncorp and Fluor remain the biggest contractors in Iraq. These were hired as part of the Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, or LogCap.
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