Ensuring Retention of Essential Civilians Overseas during Hostilities.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Estimates indicate that as many as 6,000 U.S. civilians work in positions overseas essential to accomplishing the Department of Defenses wartime mission. Without this civilian support, some very important military systems and equipment would soon become seriously degraded or fail. Defense does not now have a means to ensure that these civilians would remain in the event of potential or active hostilities. Defense is concerned about this and is drafting policy directives to ensure continued support--one directed at its civilian employees and another at contractor personnel. GAO reviewed Defenses actions and recommended some improvements, which include identifying the degree of essentially by position and tailoring policy alternatives based on the criticality of the need rather than an across-the-board solution, as was being considered by Defense. Defense said that its policy directives, coupled with implementing GAOs recommendations, would provide an acceptable level of assurance that essential civilians would be available during crises. Author
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