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A Critical Analysis of the Coordination, Command and Control of Contractors in Iraq

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MBA professional rept.

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The purpose of this project is to examine the issues concerning the command and control of civilian contractors in a combat environment. Outsourcing of non-military specific job functions to civilian contractors and the increased reliance on Private Security Companies PSCs to protect those contractors has produced unexpected complications when examined in the context of an extended wartime scenario. The objectives of this project are to identify the weaknesses of current command and control C2 doctrine as it applies to civilian contractors, identify significant issues regarding tracking and movement control of contractors, and identify issues faced by tactical commanders that are created by civilian contractors operating in their battlespace. The product of this project will be a potential course of action that the Department of Defense can pursue to correct deficiencies in the command and control of contractors and to mitigate the risks created by contractors operating independently on the battlefield. Chapter I provides background information and identifies research questions, relevant assumptions, and limitations. Chapter II presents a historical perspective of the decision to outsource service functions, the C2 structure that is currently used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and C2 problems that have occurred with contractors on the battlefield. Chapter III provides an identification and analysis of problems uncovered during the course of this research. Chapter IV presents recommendations and solutions to five problem areas identified in Chapter III. Appendixes include a civilian contractor questionnaire, a tactical commander questionnaire, and a contingency contractor questionnaire and draft DFARS clauses that address the requirements for contractor personnel to register with the reconstruction operations center ROC and to require private security companies to register with the ROC.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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