For decades, the DoD has relied on contractors to support contingency operations and recognizes them as part of the total force. In Iraq and Afghanistan contractor personnel now outnumber deployed troops. In Iraq more than 95,000 DoD contractors support 92,000 troops, and in Afghanistan more than 112,000 DoD contractors support approx. 94,000 troops. DoD anticipates that the number of contractors will grow in Afghanistan as the dept. increases its troop presence in that country. Several long-standing challenges have hindered DoD¿s ability to manage and oversee contractors at deployed locations. This testimony addresses the extent to which DoD has institutionalized operational contract support. Illustrations.
In Dec. 1993, DoD announced the Defense Counterprolif. Initiative (DCI) in response to the growing threat posed by the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons. The DCI calls for the develop. of offensive and defensive capabilities to prevail over an adversary that threatens or uses such weapons. This report describes DoD's actions to make the NBC threat a matter of routine consideration within its org., activities, and functions. Examines the actions of the Interagency Counterprolif. Prog. Rev. Comm. to coordinate the R&D prog. of DoD, DoE, and the intelligence community to identify and eliminate unnecessary duplication. Charts and tables.
Report by the Sec. of Defense on the threat of sophisticated organized terrorism against U.S. overseas forces. He announces major changes in the approach to force protection, and the placement of the threat of terrorism as one of the important considerations to be weighed when deciding how best to undertake a deployment. Appendix contains the Downing Report; the Defense Special Weapons Agency Report of the Khobar Towers Bomb Damage; the memo assigning responsibility for force protection, etc. Includes an 11-page report by Sen. Arlen Specter after a fact-finding trip to Saudi Arabia and a staff review of materials, concluding that there was no intelligence failure prior to the June 25 deadly bombing of the Khobar Towers complex.
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