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CONTRACTOR SUPPORT OF U.S. OPERATIONS IN THE USCENTCOM AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

BACKGROUND: 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).

KEY POINTS: 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.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

Overseas contracting isn’t for everyone. There are negatives to consider with the positives, and it’s important not to get overcome by romantic notions of what overseas employment might look like, or think you’re going to cash in when it’s not certain you will. But if you have a sense of adventure, the ability to do more with less, and are up for a challenge, a job abroad may be a great fit for you.

Overseas jobs in Information Technology, Logistics, Intelligence, Training and Security have significantly increased over the past decade, particularly in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa.

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There’s a widely held misconception that federal security clearance investigations cost several thousands of dollars or more and that federal contractors must pay for these investigations. Some reputable websites perpetuate this myth by stating:

“The average cost to process a TOP SECRET clearance is between $3,000 and about $15,000, depending upon individual factors. . . . The law requires that contractors pay most of the costs of obtaining clearances for their employees.”

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Security Clearance

Loren Thompson— The U.S. government limits access to sensitive information by granting (or denying) security clearances after conducting background investigations. The system is expensive to administer, because five million Americans hold active clearances, and over a hundred federal agencies require clearances to participate in certain aspects of their work. In addition to such well-known designations as Secret and Top Secret, there are numerous specialized types of clearances with names like Majestic, Cosmic and Ultra that require rigorous background checks.

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Private military company pay vs. Army pay

Post Date: October 27, 2017 | Category: General Information

Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

Although the United States isn’t a signatory to the U.N.’s “International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries,” the employees of private military companies aren’t mercenaries. PMCs supply support services and personnel whose jobs range from aircraft repair to medical and humanitarian aid. They also provide security guards who have parlayed their U.S. Army training into a job paying three to five times their Army pay.

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Working on U.S. Bases in Kuwait

Post Date: May 27, 2017 | Category: General Information

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Kuwait is basically surrounded by desert. The average annual rainfall is about 115 mm. During the summer months, temperatures can climb up to 50°C / 122 °F in the shade. Nevertheless, extensive use of air-conditioning makes expat life in Kuwait bearable even for those who are not used to the heat. However, do not forget to pack some coats for the winter, too. Temperatures can be as low as 0°C / 32 °F in the winter.

Kuwait has the fifth largest oil reserves in the world. The export of oil and petroleum products has made it the eleventh richest country in per capita terms. With the enormous oil revenues, the government provides Kuwait’s citizens with extensive social welfare services, employment and housing.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

In 1985, LOGCAP was established primarily to preplan for contingencies and to leverage the existing civilian resources. However, it was not until three years later before it was first used. In support of a United States Third Army mission, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) used LOGCAP to contract for the construction and maintenance of two petroleum pipelines systems in Southwest Asia.

For 28 years now LOGCAP has successfully supported the Army and DoD by augmenting the Commander’s logistics capability with commercial service providers to offset Combat Service Support (CSS) shortfalls. This program has successfully executed rapid, small-scale contingency support to PACOM, AFRICOM, and CENTCOM, and has, additionally, successfully managed and executed multi-billion dollar, major, long-term operations for CENTCOM.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

Civilian federal employees serving in combat zones would receive the same tax credit available to military personnel who work alongside them, under a new bipartisan bill.

The Combat Zone Tax Parity Act (H.R. 4621) aims to address a shortage of civilian workers staffing dangerous regions by extending a federal income tax break to those employees. Civilian employees who opt for hazardous overseas duty often perform important jobs in fields such as transportation reconstruction and health care, but do not qualify for income tax exemptions on their base pay like active duty military personnel do. Most civilians working abroad in such areas are employees of the Defense and State departments, the intelligence community and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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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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The overseas job application process

Post Date: March 10, 2017 | Category: General Information

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Peter Suciu — The first question to ask before considering an overseas job is – how stable in the market, and how long will today’s opportunities last? With a new administration in power the state of the market could change, but at present the job market remains steady, according to Charmaine Bell, talent acquisition director at Engility Corp.

“However, it can quickly become volatile based on what happening around the world, the Federal budget and of course the current political landscape,” Bell said.

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