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Private military contractors are private companies that provide the same services as a private military, but instead of being employed by a government or state, they work for private organizations. The private organization hires them to protect their employees and assets while providing security in high-risk areas. They can be hired by anyone from an individual to a corporation, non-governmental organization (NGO), or multinational company.

They have been around since ancient times when people would hire armies on an ad hoc basis to fight wars on their behalf without becoming involved themselves. In recent years there has been more demand for them due to increased terrorism and conflicts in unstable regions of the world such as Syria and Iraq where governments cannot afford large standing militaries anymore.

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Civilian contractor jobs overseas bring a lot of excitement and experience to one’s career. You are working in a foreign country, with the military, on projects that could make a difference in the world.

For many, becoming an overseas civilian contractor is the next logical step as retired military. For others, it is the lure of adventure, high pay that overseas jobs provide, and a desire to help our country that convinces them to go. And still, for many others, it is the desire to help make a difference in the world through contracting for public works or foreign assistance.

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The Defense Base Act provides workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense.

This general information regarding the Defense Base Act that may be of interest to government contracting officials, U.S. government contractors, insurance professionals, covered employees and their families, and others in the workers' compensation claims community.

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What is the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act is a federal workers’ compensation system.  It provides protection to contractors and subcontractors working overseas on a United States military base or working under a United States government contract. 

Who Is Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act does not discriminate based on nationality or job title.  If the injured worker qualifies as a DBA contractor, then they are entitled to benefits.  No matter where they are from.  No matter what job they performed.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

According to a recent article in military.com experts say, "There are a number of functions that contractors can perform, often at less cost than uniformed personnel, but not all tasks. And I think … where we get it wrong is because of force management levels or other factors we seek contractors to perform inherently military tasks,"

One example is aviation maintainers, especially in the Army and Air Force, he said. The Air Force has planned to hire temporary contractors to offset its 4,000 airmen maintainer shortage through at least fiscal 2020, even as the force will up its end strength from 317,000 to 321,000 airmen.

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There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of overseas contract jobs for veterans available. But not all of these jobs are for “private security contractors,” you know, the scary-looking guys with even scarier looking weapons. While “private security contractors” are the ones that seem to make all the headlines, there are many other overseas contract jobs available.

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Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and BAE are among the largest defense contractors in the United States. They provide time, materials, and services to the U.S. Department of Defense, or DOD, to the tune of several hundred billion dollars each year. You needn't be ex-military to get a job with a defense contractor, but it does help if you have a military background and you're looking for a job with a private company that seeks contracting opportunities with the DOD.

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When you apply for a security clearance you find the process has become a little longer than in the past. Some clearances may take up to a year or more. You may find yourself frequently asking your security officer for the status of your security clearance. And you may find yourself wondering what those statuses mean. Here are the most common security clearance statuses your security officer will see in the system of record:

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

During the Iraq war, private defense contractors providing security and support outnumbered troops on the ground at points. Contractors can enhance US military capacity but also entail risks. US experience with private security contractors holds several key lessons.

Over ten years after the war began, the Iraq war might best be remembered as America’s most privatized military engagement to date, with contractors hired by the Pentagon actually outnumbering troops on the ground at various points.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

By Ed O'Keefe — Interested in working for the U.S. government in Iraq? Though the dangers are obvious, the pay and perks can be pretty good.

Federal employees and contractors serving here face an almost-daily barrage of rocket attacks, the inability to travel freely, scorching hot temperatures and other cultural and linguistic limitations. But workers with the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and other federal agencies keep on coming, especially as the U.S. presence here becomes more of a civilian affair.

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