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INDEX: The privatized war in Afghanistan

Additional number of American troops President Obama plans to deploy to Afghanistan: 30,000

Total number of U.S. troops that will be there after the deployment: 98,000

Number of private contractors working for the U.S. in Afghanistan as of September 2009: 104,101

Percent by which that number grew between June and September: 40

Percent of the Defense Department's workforce in Afghanistan accounted for by contractors: 57

Number of conflicts in U.S. history involving a higher percentage of contractors: 0

Percent of the U.S. presence on the ground during the Vietnam War accounted for by contractors: 13

Percent of the Defense Department's 2008 budget devoted to contracts and grants: 82

Estimated value of Defense Department contracts in Afghanistan awarded to Texas-based Fluor and Virginia's DynCorp: $7.5 billion

Amount Fluor's PAC contributed to federal candidates in 2008: $305,499

Amount DynCorp's PAC contributed to federal candidates in 2008: $51,999

Date on which a financial analyst announced that Fluor and DynCorp  stood to benefit from deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan: 12/2/2009

Amount by which Fluor's share prices rose in that afternoon's trading: 33 cents

Amount by which DynCorp's share prices rose: 30 cents

Month in which DynCorp disclosed in a regulatory filing that it had made payments to expedite visas and licenses, potentially violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11/2009

The estimated total for these illegal payments: $300,000

Date on which an investigation was announced on behalf of DynCorp investors over possible securities law violations by the company: 12/3/2009

Value of a U.S. contract with DynCorp to train Iraqi police that federal auditors said was so mismanaged they were unable to determine how the money was spent: $1.2 billion

Year in which the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting is scheduled to release a comprehensive study of contracting in war zones: 2011

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re: INDEX: The privatized war in Afghanistan

Dear Ms Sturgis
Thank you for the research and stats.
Privatizing war for profit is the greatest threat to peace and security
that I can think of. The rest of the world sees our troops (rightly so)
as Death Squads for oil and gas speculators.
When will our Nobel Peace Prize winning president wake up?
When will peace loving Americans wake up?
Please keep up the good work.
Thanks again for your interest.
DOC