They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker
At a time when President Obama is increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan to at least 68,000 and the debate over the war is heating up, the reliance on contractors has been given little attention.
The contractors in Afghanistan perform many duties that would have once been done by the military: "logistics, construction, linguist services, and transportation," the study reports. In the second quarter of FY'09, 16% of contractors in Afghanistan provide security, versus 10% in Iraq.
And 76% of the contractors in Afghanistan are "local nationals," which the study examines in terms of the military's counterinsurgency strategy.