Point of Information
There’s a large number of contractors in Iraq, many performing tasks which, in the past, would have been performed by military personnel. I’ve seen some estimates that suggest something like 150,000. How, if at all, does the number of contractors factor into the calculations of adequate troop strength for counterinsurgency operations? How does it factor into the tooth-to-tail ratio?
As usual with these point of information posts I’m genuinely looking for information. Are there any informed people out there who can comment on these questions?