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The Contractor Surge


A staggering 190,000 contractors were working in Iraq under U.S.-funded contracts as of early 2008 — far more than the 150,000 troops in the country. The $100B price tag for this shadow army of non-uniformed workers has accounted for 20% of the cost of the war, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

The coalition of the paid now outnumbers the few and the proud.


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