Here’s How Many US Troops And Private Contractors Have Been Sent To Afghanistan
President Donald Trump said he plans to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan in a speech Monday night, … Continued
President Donald Trump said he plans to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan in a speech Monday night, and continue the longest-running war in American history.
The Pentagon defines a defense contractor as “any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal non-federal entity that enters into a contract directly with the DoD to furnish services, supplies, or construction.”
This also includes intelligence analysis, translation and interpretation, as well as private-security contractors — who began taking over roles once held by uniformed soldiers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The graphic below compares the number of US troops and defense contractors in Afghanistan over the last decade.
US defense contractors versus US troops deployed to Afghanistan in last decade.Skye Gould/Business Insider
MORE FROM BUSINESS INSIDER:
- Russia appears to be winning the hearts and minds of Afghanistan better than the US
- The wreckage of a WWII-era US warship that the Navy called the worst disaster at sea has been discovered
- The US is targeting Chinese and Russian individuals for supporting North Korean weapons programs
- Here's how the longest war in US history has unfolded
- 'The Taliban … have survived much worse': Analysts say Trump's strategy won't solve Afghanistan's problems