UPDATED figures from http://www.washingtonpost.com/…
When the President announces how many additional US soldiers and Marines will go to Afghanistan to implement the new/ expanded/ revised strategy,
be it Counter-insurgency, Counter-terrorism, or something else,
an announcement I anticipate will be made in the week before Thanksgiving,
how many do you think he will send ? How many do you think he should send ?
Will he also announce a surge of civil service workers to expand development programs ?
Will he also announce how many additional contractors it will take to support the higher troop levels ?
As of 22 October, there are about 68,000 US troops there now, plus another 36,230 from NATO and other allies.
US troops are divided between ISAF (31,000) and Operation Enduring Freedom (36,000.)
Approximately 103,000 uniformed military.
By my estimate, and the data is sketchy, I think that the following Departments have around the following numbers of direct hire civilian employees:
Defense (mostly Corps of Engineers) – 300
CIA (a total guess) – 150
State (including the Embassy) – 80
USAID (technically part of State, but treated separately) – 45
Agriculture – 15
Treasury – 10
Interior – 5
Commerce – 5
Health & Human Services – 5
All other federal agencies – 10
About 600 Civil Service workers, most at pretty high pay grades.
As of 1 October, there are about 105,000 Contractor employees in Afghanistan.
Adding employees of subcontractors probably pushes that to around 130,000.
The US Government reports only about 10,000 of these are armed and performing security duties, but in the last year new contracts have been awarded that would permit hiring up to another 60,000 or so armed security contractors.
Not included are about 45,000 Contractor employees in Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The only ones to get reported on lately are Xe employees in Islamabad, some of whom were stopped by a Pakistani policeman and instead kidnapped him last week.
So the total force in-country is around 230,000.
What do you think is the right range for troops, government civilian workers and contractors ?
vote for more than 1, if you like.