Contractors outnumber US troops in Afghanistan today,  and for most of the Iraq war the number of contractors has vastly exceeded the number of American troops.  As we have noted, these contractors perform a very wide range of functions – from repairing vehicles to cooking to interrogating the enemy.  Despite our heavy reliance on this shadow army of contractors, it has received little scrutiny.

A new working paper from the respected Center for New American Security (CNAS)  looks at many of the roles of U.S. contractors in theater, arguing that these contracts suffer from “insufficient oversight, inadequate integration into operational planning, and ambiguous legal status”.  Read the study:


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