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Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1| MilitaryTimes
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Benjamin Turner, 455th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations section chief, assists John Jackson, 455th ELRS fuels technician Aug. 22, 2015, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Jackson is a contractor with the Ingenuity and Purpose contracting company and is responsible for fueling all aircraft that come to and from Bagram. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released)

Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1| MilitaryTimes

Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan still outnumber U.S. troops by a 3-to-1 margin according to new research released this week, raising questions again about the role those workers play in the ongoing wars overseas and the oversight they receive.

The data, compiled by the Congressional Research Service and first reported by Politico, shows contractor numbers in both Iraq and Afghanistan dating back to fiscal 2007. Combined, the Defense Department spent more than $220 billion on contractors in both war zones for a variety of services and support.

Source: Report: Contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan 3-to-1