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Surge in contractor deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the most privatized in American military history. Today, there are 150,000 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. As of March 2010, there were more than 200,000 private contractors, though that number is believed to have declined since.

In any case, more private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have outweighed military losses on America’s battlefields.

Between January and June 2010, more than 250 civilians working under U.S. contracts died in the war zones according to a ProPublica analysis of the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Labor which tracks contractor deaths. In the same period, 235 soldiers died, according to Pentagon figures.

This milestone in the privatization of modern U.S. warfare reflects both the drawdown in military forces in Iraq and the central role of contractors in providing logistics support to local armies and police forces.

Steven Schooner, a professor of government contracting at George Washington University Law School, comments that the rising fatalities have received little public attention, concealing the full human cost of the war. When President Obama spoke of troop deaths in Afghanistan earlier this month, he made no mention of fatalities among the private workforce that feeds and fuels U.S. forces.

“I’m not accusing either the Bush or the Obama administration of intentionally deceiving the public,” Schooner said. “But when a president applauds a reduction in military deaths but fails to acknowledge the contractor personnel now dying in their place, someone isn’t telling the whole story.”

[ProPublica]

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One Response to “Surge in contractor deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan”

  1. I guess there are no Realtime Protections for Contractors if we dont provide for Ourselves but the message does bear weight because someone will have to account for the deaths of all Americans and there can be no discrimination either. Either Our Contracts are with the Gov/Military or Intel Services or we are fighting a street war in place of a Military Operation.z VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE


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