The Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan released its Af/Pak Regional Stabilization Strategy (January 2010) last week. Briefly -- nearly 1,000 personnel on the ground by early 2010 and some 20-30% additional staffing after that. I’ve dug up an OIG report from last year that talks about staff expansion of protective service in Afghanistan. If the OIG number actually means 14 FSOs to each of the new consulates in Mazar and Herat plus 67 protective service personnel in each location – that amounts to almost 5 security contract personnel for every direct hire employee. And we’re not even talking yet about the additional protective service and life support requirements for the 1,000+ surge personnel.
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This IG report was prepared last year; before rockets were fired on the new consulate site in western Afghanistan.