Vertically Synchronizing Operational Contract Support
Defense Logistics Agency -Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office (JCASO) Fort Belvoir United States
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The Department of Defenses reliance on contractors for the conduct of contingency operations can best be described as significant. In fact, in Iraq and Afghanistan the contractor population constituted more than 50 percent of the total in-theater force, with activities spanning a broad range of support operations including base-camp support, logistics to include warehousing, transportation, and distribution, interpreters, advisory and assistance services, training, engineering, and construction See Fig. 1. The financial resources required to assemble this force are impressive. The trends that drove this increased reliance, including the reduction in organic capabilities, force cap restrictions, and increasing complexity and aging of weapon systems, show no signs of abating in this era of declining budgets.