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War zones or former war zones such as Iraq and
Afghanistan, often called hostile environments, and are not
the most obvious places for non-essential travel, but with
the right preparation and a bit of luck they can provide the
intrepid traveler with a unique experience. It is also, of
course, the job of many American's working in war zones.

Keep in mind that it is very unusual for non-combatants /
U.S. Workers  to be wandering around war zones. Even if
you have no hostile intentions, your very presence may
result in heated reactions; among other things, you may be
mistaken for a spy. American Workers can be just as much
a target of hostility as any military force. Indeed, American
Contractors are  regarded as a soft targets.

Contractors provide a number of advantages over military
personnel or civil servants—speed of deployment,
continuity, reduction of troop requirements, reduction of
military casualties, economic inputs to local economies,
and, in some cases, executing tasks the military and civilian
workforce simply cannot.

To help one better understand the ROLE of an American
Contractor working in a War-zone, I have clarified common
mistakes made by Civilian Contractors in the past.

This will keep you from UNFORESEEN problems as a
American Contractor working overseas.

Words of Wisdom

  • This is "At Will Employment"
    At-will employment is a doctrine of American law
    that defines an employment relationship in which
    either party can immediately terminate the
    relationship at any time with or without any advance
    warning,[1] and with no subsequent liability,
    provided there was no express contract for a definite
    term governing the employment relationship and
    that the employer does not belong to a collective
    bargaining group (i.e., has not recognized a union).
    Under this legal doctrine:
    “ any hiring is presumed to be "at will"; that is, the
    employer is free to discharge individuals "for good cause,
    or bad cause, or no cause at all," and the employee is
    equally free to quit, strike, or otherwise cease work.

    ”In a landmark 2000 decision largely reaffirming
    employers' rights under the at-will doctrine, the
    Supreme Court of California explained:
    “ [A]n employer may terminate its employees at will, for
    any or no reason ... The employer may act peremptorily,
    arbitrarily, or inconsistently, without providing specific
    protections such as prior warning, fair procedures,
    objective evaluation, or preferential reassignment ... The
    mere existence of an employment relationship affords no
    expectation, protectable by law, that employment will
    continue, or will end only on certain conditions, unless
    the parties have actually adopted such terms.

  • You are not a government employee because you
    have a DOD badge...
    The U.S. Government is not your employer; you do
    not work directly for the Department of Defense of
    the United States Government.  The company you
    work for is the DOD (Department of Defense)
    contractor,  the company (parent company) holds a
    contingency contract with the Department of
    Defense, you are just an employee or an
    independent contractor.
    NOTE: You could look at it as the Department of
    Defense is your Company's Client, the Client is paying
    the Company to fill a contract in order to be paid .  You
    are being paid by your company to do a job, weather it's
    Iraq or America your on a company project.

  • You are not Military and will not receive military

  • You will not carry a weapon, unless your a security
    contractor working for a security firm.  

  • Your employer will provide you with military escorts,
    private security escorts for your travel in these
    hostile work locations.

  • You will work with or close to SCW Sub-Contract
    Workers otherwise know as Third Country Nationals
    (TCN) see photo

  • The company you go to work for will only be
    required to provide DBA (Defense Base Act)
    Insurance if they elect not to purchase private
    insurance.  (There are some that actually elect and
    provide non dba insurance, so ask your prospective
    employer before hiring on if this is a issue for you.)  

  • If DBA is the only Insurance the prospective
    company has to offer....Purchase your own medical,
    disability,and life insurance.  (THIS IS A MUST) See
    Court Cases  

  • You may reside and work on a military camp, others
    may not.

  • You may take order from  service members(Military)

  • There is no "front Line" or "behind the wire". (this is
    not  M.A.S.H.)

  • These camps can become under attack by inbound
    mortar rounds,rockets and more at any given time,
    day or night 24/7 days.  

  • You are being paid to work a High Risk Job, with little
    medical benefits, save your money for any
    unexpected or unforeseen circumstances. This will
    save you and your family many headaches.

  • If you are injured and depending on the extent of
    your injuries you could become a liability to your
    employer and your services become No longer
    needed at anytime; without notice. (This will affect
    your Tax exempt status)

  • You will pay heavy taxes if you leave before a year is
    up. Put aside at least 25% of your non taxable
    income from the day you start.  Some hold back only
    15% but always want to have that medical safety net.

  • You could be jailed,put in prison, or even death can
    occur without notice and/or jury and trial.

  • The military have rules of engagement
READ - Civilian Contractors under Military Law - US

  • You may not get paid Overtime.
  • You will work 40-80+hr weekly.

CONTINUE - Reading Survival Guide
    by David Phinney CorpWatch 2005
    See the Zapata Team

    Washington Post
    July 10, 2005

    by David Phinney,
    Special to CorpWatch
    May 24th, 2005
    August 17, 2005

    S.F.Gate. 2004

    The war in Iraq is killing nine civilian contractors a week on average,
    roughly three times the rate of last year, and U.S. Government
    statistics show that non-Americans do most of the dying…. The
    toilets and servicing weapons systems and computers.
    How many of those TCNs and Iraqi nationals are collecting
    their benefits as guaranteed by the Defense Base Act
    remains unexplored territory.
    By David Phinney
    Maya 24, 2007

    The New York Times
    February 8, 2007

    L.A. Times- July 4, 2007

    The New York Times
          September 1, 2009

    The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in
    Iraq that's larger than its uniformed fighting force and is
    responsible for...
    By Richard Lardner
         The Associated Press

    Nov. 28,2007

    By Ashley Rowland Staff Write

    The convoy leader of a Rocky Mount-based National Guard unit
    rebuts an ABC News report that he and other members of the
    1173rd Transportation Company abandoned a civilian convoy.By
    John Cramer
    Roanoke Times
    Oct. 4, 2006

    Halliburton Watch
    Sept, 21 2006  

    The New York Times
    July 5th, 2007

    Armen Keteyian
    CBS News
    February 11, 2009

    March 12, 2007

    ABC NEWS Oct. 3, 2007

    Special to
    Jan.17, 2012

    Farrah Stockman January 20,2007
    Private Trauma

    A Bloody Business, retired Army Colonel Gerald Schumacher wrote,
    "since the first Gulf war in 1991, the portion of private forces to
    military forces has more than quadrupled." Today, the Pentagon
    estimates that America is employing some 700,000 civilian
    contractors; 22% of who are American. They are called the
    "shadow Army."

    Patrick Michels March 21, 2008

    By Brad Knickerbocker
    The Christian Science Monitor July 18, 2007

    June 17, 2007-L.A. TIMES

    By John Rutherford, NBC News producer, Washington
    December 20, 2007

    CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS -Contractors wounded or killed in
    Iraq are the anonymous casualties. Ceremonies are secret, and
    benefits are scarce.Feb.12 2007 L.A. Times

    SF GATE (San Francisco Chronicle)
    Anna Badkhen,
    November 19,2006

    Bryce Benson
    Published on 05.10.07

    Jeremy Schwartz -  AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Nov. 5, 2011

    By James Risen

    ABC News - Feb 12, 2007

         Published: May 19, 2007

    By Farah Stockman
    Globe Staff
    March 6, 2008


    Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning from Iraq
    Mental health and Psychiatry news  Jul 07, 2007

  • Read more: Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning
    from Iraq -Mental health and Psychiatry news-WASHINGTON --
    Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with
    the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that
    afflict US military personnel, according to contractors, industry
    officials, and mental health specialists.  But, they say, the private
    workers are largely left to find care on their own , and their
    problems are often ignored or are inadequately treated.  A vast
    second army of contractors, up to 126,000 Americans, Iraqis, and
    other foreigners, are working for the US government in Iraq.
  • By James Risen, New York Times News Service
    Boston Globe - July 5, 2007

    Charley Keye,CNN NEWS  November 29, 2011

    In Afghanistan, 105,000
    U.S troops are supported by    about 101,000 civilian contractor
    Only 23,000 of those contractors are U.S. Citizens. About 50,000 are
    Afghans and 27,900 come from other countries
    December 24, 2011

  • Contractors in War Zones: Not Exactly Contracting. "U.S. Military
    forces may be out of Iraq, but the unsung and unrecognized part of
    America’s modern military establishment is still serving and
    sacrificing — the role played by private military and security
    By David Isenberg Oct. 09, 2012

    February 27 to Tuesday February 28, 2012 TBA, Washington, DC

    Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
    Jared Wade
          February 17,2012

  • The Invisible Army -For foreign workers on U.S. Bases in Iraq
    and Afghanistan, war can be hell - "More than seventy thousand
    third-country nationals” work for the American military in war
    zones; many report being held in conditions resembling indentured
    servitude by subcontractors who operate outside the law.
    Photographs by Peter Van Agtmael."
    The New Yorker
    by Sarah Stillman
    June 6, 2011

    ByMichael Gisick
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: June 1, 2010

    Published 5:52 am, Friday, January 25, 2013
    Read More from the Houston KHOU TV - Ex-Iraq contractor
    from Texas gets prison, fraud.
    "SAN ANTONIOA former Texas co-owner of a development
    company has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for submitting
    nearly $1.3 million in fake invoices for Iraq reconstruction.
    Prosecutors in San Antonio say 33-year-old Jill Ann Charpia in
    August pleaded guilty to falsifying official documents.  The former
    San Antonio woman was sentenced Thursday in connection with
    fabricated documents and forged signatures related to Iraq
    reconstruction government contracts. She must also pay at least
    $920,000 in restitution.  
    Charpia during 2008 and 2009 co-owned Sourcing Specialist LLC, a
    privately owned firm that contracted with the U.S. Government to
    help develop business opportunities in Iraq."

February 6, 2009

    Masoud Popalzai, CNN December 24, 2012

    By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent
    Oct 21, 2012
Third Country National Contractor
Security Contractors in the Middle East
Airmen teach contractors
life-saving skills

Theater Transportation Mission
Recovery senior mechanic tests the
strength of a combination spreader
shear, or ?mini Jaws of Life? Tool by
cutting into a test vehicle during a
refresher training session on using
the tools here, March 5. The class
was led by 332nd Expeditionary
Civil Engineer Squadron Fire
Department Airmen. The
combination spreader shear can
exert 20,900 pounds per square
inch of force at their tips and can
both cut and force apart vehicle
parts. The U.S. Government
contracted senior mechanics are
responsible for retrieving stuck,
broken down and destroyed
military vehicles throughout Iraq.
The tools help them to cut away
obstacles from stuck vehicles as
well as get inside of vehicles in the
event someone is trapped inside.
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt.
Heather Cabral)

Troops and Contractors
Come into Conflict in Iraq
by Eric Westervelt    NPR Radio
June 13, 2005
Zapata Security Contractors

The Trucker's War: On
The  Road In Iraq - Trucks
travel as fast as possible,
on poor highways, to avoid
ambushes. This blaze is the
aftermath of an accident
when one truck rear-ended
another on Main Supply
Route Tampa, a
north-south highway in
Iraq. One driver was killed
in the inciden

On the ground in Iraq, a
Surge of Deterioration Carl
Conetta, co-director of the
Project on Defense
Alternatives, Dahr Jamail,
Independent Journalist,
covering the Middle East.
His most recent article on
Tom Dispatch: Iraq on My
Mind, Thousands of Stories
to Tell -- And No One to
Listen,  U.S. Contractors in
Iraq and at home Jeremy
Scahill, author of
The Rise of World’s Most
Powerful Mercenary Army,

Jana Crowder, owner of  
com for contractors seeking
Cindy Morgan, former
Civilian Contractor and also
author of "Cindy in Iraq, a
civilian year in a war zone”

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kBR Warning for Truckers in Iraq

nationals” work for the
American military in war zones;
many report being held
  • Mre than o""seventy
    seventy "" (70,000)
    nationalswork for the
    American military in war zones;
    many report being held in
    conditions resembling
    indentured servitude by
    subcontractors who operate
    outside the law. Photographs by
    Peter Van Agtmael.
Truck drivers / Employee's for KBR and All other companies, highly
included are security are forbidden to speak to reporters while in Iraq.
The electronic message to KBR truckers reinforces that policy.  This
will get you fired and/ or later it can hurt and delay any  medical /
disability claim you might have.  

  • Watch where you post on the Internet and whom you talk to.   
    STAY AWAY from POSTING on BLOGS.  If your injured this is
    especially true;  if you have a case, remember: this can damage
    your case and stop disability payments.  

  • Worse it makes you look like just another HOSTILE
    EMPLOYEE!  NO-ONE take Hostile people SERIOUSLY.

  • KEY: Just having your name mentioned in a New Paper can do
    all the above!

  • Some may tell you this is illegal, but due to the Nature of these
    Missions these companies will and can do what ever it takes to
    Shut One Up and to keep others from following along in those
    foot steps.  .  (Talking to a contractors the other day and found
    that he was injured working for KBR and went throught the DBA
    Court process in 6 month and was finished. - He kept his mouth

This is "
At Will employment".  - Making rules as they go in a War
zone is legal, due to the circumstances and nature of the job.  

So don't be expecting American Law to save your Job...
Contractors Overseas Jobs

Military Contractor Vets

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Published August 17, 2005

Private workers left helpless after war’s
stress -Telegram

'Contractors' in Iraq outnumber US
troops:  United for Peace in Pierce
Friday, 06 July 2007

In outsourced U.S. wars, contractor
deaths top 1,000
World Armed Forces
July 4 2007

Industry Talk: Mission Critical
Psychological Services
Feral Jundi

Government Contractors: Hidden
Casualties, PTSD

The Middle East’s Contractor Problem
January 8, 2013 -  Afghan President
Hamid Karzai is spending the week in
Washington D.C. He is meeting with U.
S. President Barack Obama as well as
other senior administration officials,
and the talks are expected to help set
the framework for U.S. involvement in
Afghanistan after the bulk of American
and NATO forces leave at the end of
2014. However, even when the
American military pulls the majority of
its troops out of Afghanistan, there will
still be a huge American presence in
the country.

Private Contractors in Conflict Zones:
The Good, the Bad, and the Strategic
Impact- Dr. T.X. Hammes, a retired U.
S. Marine Corps officer, is a Senior
Research Fellow in the Center for
Strategic Research, Institute for
National Strategic Studies, at the
National Defense University. this
article was originally published as
Institute for National Strategic Studies
Strategic Forum 260
By T.X. Hammes
(NDU Press, November 2010)

Warzone Contractors Boost Market for
America’s Number-One Export:
Lawsuits- "The presence of contractors
in warzones is growing by the day.
More than 150,000 are in Afghanistan
and Iraq. Also on the rise is the level of
scrutiny they receive from the U.S.
government and international
organizations, in addition to more
cutthroat competition from peer firms.
As a result, contractors are creating an
increasingly lucrative industry for law
Attorneys who represent
battlefield contractors are busier than
ever. They are dealing with
investigations, battlefield torts,
employment litigation, international
lawsuits, defense contractor disputes
and the complex laws of armed conflict.
The large presence of U.S. troops and
contractors in warzones has opened the
floodgates of litigation as foreign
governments and firms discover the
high-stakes payoffs of the American
legal system."
written by:

Contractors on the Battlefield:
Outsourcing of Military Services   
March 2011    
By Denis Chamberland  

At today’s Senate hearing on
Afghanistan, a noteworthy discussion
about the role of contractors. Sen.
McCaskill demands more oversight
from Defense and State..."McCaskill
expressed concern to Defense Secretary
Robert Gates and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton about the growing
number of contractors supporting U.S.
forces there. There are currently 75,000
contractors in Afghanistan, supporting
71,000 U.S. troops. In addition, there
are 5,200 security contractors working
for the State Department. McCaskill
seemed alarmed by the large
percentage of Afghans who are part of
that contractor work force --- 50,000 of
the 75,000
battlefield contractors and
5,000 of the 5,200 security contractors
are Afghan nationals. Clinton said the
decision to employ so many Afghans
was somewhat intentional. But she
assured McCaskill that they were being
properly monitored. Also at the
hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, said that
hiring Afghans makes sense because it
brings money into the local economy
and contributes to stability."

"Outsourcing military services
is in vogue. Why?

I think that the main reason that
we're seeing this aggressive push
to outsource military services is
there's a tremendous amount of
pressure to have a smaller
military. As a general rule, when
we talk about a smaller military,
people think of having more war
fighters or more trigger pullers.

So what that means is anything
that isn't associated with more
fighting … is deemed to be
something that the private sector
can provide. And there's been a
tremendous amount of pressure
on that as we downsized the
military since the Berlin Wall
came down.

But if you're downsizing the
military by outsourcing the
functions, are you really
downsizing the military, or are
you just hiring other people to
do the jobs that soldiers used to

Schooner is an expert on military
contracting and a professor at
The George Washington
University Law School. He
previously served as the
associate administrator for
procurement law and legislation
at the Office of Federal
Procurement Policy in the Office
of Management and Budget.
Schooner says that private
contractors like KBR [Halliburton
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and
Root] are doing a good job in
Iraq under the circumstances.
"Regardless of the marginal
dollars involved, KBR has fed our
troops, housed our troops,
provided showers, water, laundry
and the like," he tells
FRONTLINE. "They've lost a
staggering number of personnel.
They have had a tremendous
number of people injured. And
the bottom line is they've been
slaughtered in the court of public
opinion, and they haven't left."
But Schooner is critical of the
Pentagon for not having enough
personnel to manage the
contracts and says that it has
become overly reliant on the
private companies. "When I was
a young Army officer, as I learned
the military doctrine ... The
military relied on contractors on
the battlefield only to the extent
that they could fight without the
contractors," he says. "That's
simply no longer the case." This
is the edited transcript of an
interview conducted on May 19,

PBS Front Line
Long before Iraq -- in fact,
centuries ago -- private
contractors operated in war
centuries ago -- private
international politics and the
contractors operated in war
military's use of private zones.
Two specialists on contractors
offer some history and context
for how we should understand
these companies and the
evolution of their use.
Private contractors: 250,000 mercenaries
fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
supporting global, social & ecological
justice, cultural expression and the
technological revolution
Security Contractors Blackwater
Many companies hold contracts with the United
States Agency for International Development
USAID) which is a government agency  providing US
economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for
more than 40 years.

Their employees work in the most uncertain and
unstable of conditions - to restore essential, life
sustaining services, providing the solid foundation
for our Troops.
They exhibit the creativity, hard work, and sacrifice
necessary to overcome the
challenges presented by a unique and hostile

Their contributions and commitment to this historic
effort, will benefit not only the soldiers, but  the
people of Iraq and Afghanistan for generations to
come, and will be gratefully acknowledged and

These are your American Contractors!
written by: Jana Crowder
Supporting Americans Working in War Zones.
Hi, I'm Jana and it's come to my attention that
we have completely forgotten about American
Contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It
seems with all the negative impact on medical
neglect and burn pits, by KBR, the Private
Security Scandals... We have forgotten and
overlooked the positive side our U.S.
Contractor supporting our troops.  Without
them (American Contractors) our Troops
couldn't win the war on terrorism!  

After reading a Book mailed to me by a Truck
Driver/ Pastor in Iraq, called
"Other Sons and
Daughters" it really moved me and opened my
eye's to the life experience's one will endure.  
He really gives you a day to day look at
operations on military base and working for
KBR.  Even though he was injured, has an
attorney and fighting for  medical with AIG, he
told me he'd do it all over again!  Thats a true
Cowboy!  "He rode Iraq Hard and Fast"

KBR CEO Jeff Rock write an awesome review
and Ranks this book with
Breaking News Release
Security Contractors Play By 'Big Boy Rules' In

Listen Now

Washington Post reporter Steve Fainaru has
extensively covered the "parallel army" of
private security contractors. His book Big Boy
Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting In Iraq,
details the tens of thousands of "mercs" who
arrived in Iraq in the absence of sufficient levels
of U.S. troops.

Foreign correspondent Steve Fainaru has
traveled to Iraq 11 times since the war began in
His latest book is
Big Boy Rules.
Steve Fainaru reports on private security
contractors, the hired guns who fight a parallel
and largely hidden war in Iraq.
Steve Fainaru is among the pre-eminent
investigative reporters; Fainaru won the Pulitzer
Prize for International Reporting in 2008 for his
10-part series on widespread abuses involving
Blackwater and other private security contractors
in Iraq. His work, the culmination of three years
covering the Iraq war, led to major changes in
the way private security companies are
employed and managed by the U.S. government.

Fainaru began his career with the San Jose
Mercury News, where he covered sports. He
later worked at the Boston Globe before moving
to the Washington Post. He is the author of two
books, Big Boy Rules: American Mercenaries
Fighting in Iraq (Da Capo, 2008) and The Duke
of Havana: Baseball, Cuba and the Search for the
American Dream (Villard, 2000).

Fainaru wrote
Private Armies, a series of
articles about private security contractors, which
was published in The Washington Post.

Soldier of Misfortune
Adapted from "Big Boy Rules: America's
Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq" (Da Capo Press,

For Missing Guards' Kin, An Agonizing
Conclusion (Post, March 30, 2008, Page A01)

ABDUCTIONS: Authorities Identify Remains Of
Two American Contractors (Post, March 25,
2008, Page A10)

Five Severed Fingers Identified as Belonging To
Guards Held in Iraq: Four Are From Men
Missing 16 Months (Post, March 13, 2008, Page

Warnings Unheeded On Guards In Iraq: Despite
Shootings, Security Companies Expanded
Presence (Post, December 24, 2007, Page A01)

Iraqis Detail Shooting by Guard Firm: Same
Company Involved In Fatal October Incident
(Post, November 26, 2007, Page A01)

Grand Jury to Probe Shootings by Guards:
Blackwater Among Contractors Facing Scrutiny
(Post, November 20, 2007, Page A10)

How Blackwater Sniper Fire Felled 3 Iraqi
Guards: Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice
Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared
Its Security Team After a Brief Probe (Post,
November 8, 2007, Page A01)

Blackwater Faced Bedlam, Embassy Finds: 'First
Blush' Report Raises New Questions on
Shooting (Post, September 28, 2007, Page A01)

U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater
Complaints (Post, September 23, 2007, Page A18)

Where Military Rules Don't Apply : Blackwater's
Security Force in Iraq Given Wide Latitude by
State Dept. (Post, September 20, 2007, Page A01)

Cutting Costs, Bending Rules, And a Trail of
Broken Lives: Ambush in Iraq Last November
Left Four Americans Missing And a String of
Questions About the Firm They Worked For
(Post, July 29, 2007, Page A01)

In Iraq, a Private Realm Of
Intelligence-Gathering: Firm Extends U.S.
Government's Reach (Post, July 1, 2007, Page

Iraq Contractors Face Growing Parallel War: As
Security Work Increases, So Do Casualties (Post,
June 16, 2007, Page A01)

Contractor Says Army Unfairly Closed Bidding
(Post, June 7, 2007, Page D03)

Judge Halts Award Of Iraq Contract (Post, June
2, 2007, Page D01)

U.S. Security Contractors Open Fire in Baghdad:
Blackwater Employees Were Involved in Two
Shooting Incidents in Past Week (Post, May 27,
2007, Page A01)

Second British Firm Bids for Iraq Security
Contract (Post, May 12, 2007, Page D01)

Firms Protest Exclusion From Iraq Security Bid
(Post, May 5, 2007, Page D01)

Abduction of Americans Reflects Fraying
Security in Iraqi South (Post, November 18,
2006, Page A01)

U.S. Soldier Gets 25 Years In Murder of Iraqi
Guard: Five GIs Killed in Insurgent Attacks
(Post, September 26, 2004, Page A26)

Militants Behead Kurdish Hostages: 2nd Group
Says It Holds Iraqi Guardsmen (Post, September
20, 2004, Page A16)

2 Soldiers Among 21 Killed in Iraq Blasts: New
Video Purports To Show U.S. Hostages (Post,
September 19, 2004, Page A01)
Private Security Contractors
Dangerous Drives  “Iraq Convoy”   The SPEED

Riding with drivers who have some of the most
dangerous jobs in the world.
The Rough Cut
by:  David Phinney
He should be noted for the many stories he wrote
about American Contractors and (TCN )Third
Country Nations.
He wrote the first story about the "Fog of Wars"
whereAmerican Contractors were Jailed by U.S.
Marines in Iraq
The Benefits of Working Overseas as a Contractor-
"Many overseas contracting opportunities can be found now throughout Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. As you might suspect, the competition for those jobs can be intense.

Being the worldly one you are, you also know that a typical day at the office in London, Brussels or
Munich can be significantly different from one in Kabul, Baghdad or Manama. Choose your OCONUS
(Outside the Continental United States) professional poison wisely.

Whether your lust for an overseas job adventure leads towards fish and chips, chocolate and

or more in the direction of a highway to any number of danger zones, you’ll find that
working overseas has definite benefits worth packing your bags.

Aside from an intrinsic lust for travel and adventure, there is money, pure and simple. Highly skilled
employees get paid exceptionally well for doing the same job they might have done in the military
for far less. Your payday has come, gentle warrior.

Of course, what you earn in a base pay depends on your qualifications, the job in question and the
employer who hires you.

Some surveys peg-starting salaries for positions in Iraq at $91,000 and $99,000 in Afghanistan. It is
not uncommon to find opportunities paying well over $100,000 in base pay alone.

The buck doesn’t stop at base pay, either, making overseas employment even more enticing. There
can also be a whole host of other monies and benefits involved as well, depending on the assignment:

  • Hostile fire zone/danger pay
  • Bonus incentives
  • Cost of living allowances
  • Housing allowances
  • Transportation
  • Paid meals
  • Paid vacations, holidays and personal time off
  • Medical/dental for yourself and family members
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • 401(k) or similar retirement plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement

There are also potential tax benefits to working overseas in the form of what the IRS calls Foreign
Earned Income. In 2010, up to $91,500 of one’s salary was tax-free. Additionally, housing expenses or
a portion of them might also be exempt from federal taxes. For more information, visit the IRS on
line or hire yourself a good CPA. "
written by: Janet Farley
American Contractor.Com
A.C. is a U.S. Army as a Senior Weapons Sergeant with the 5th Special Forces Group, FT.
Campbell, KY.  As a former Green Beret he served honorably and is also a Gulf War
veteran.  In 2003 he became a civilian contractor and still is abroad.  
Companies Expanding Overseas Create U.
S. Jobs, Study Says-
When companies trade or invest
overseas, it fuels hiring and investment in
the U.S., the
Business Roundtable and the
United States Council for International
Business said in the study released today.
The groups suggest that U.S. policies and
trade agreements be flexible to
accommodate opportunities for
companies to generate business, products
or customers abroad.
By Elizabeth Dexheimer - Dec 4, 2012

KBR selected to Provide Construction
Management Services – Abu Dhabi-
KBR will be responsible for managing
quality, contract administration and risks.
The scope of the utilities work includes
over 60 miles of gravity storm and
sanitary sewer, potable water, chill water
and fire water piping and over 25 miles of
power and telecommunication duct
banks, a Central Utility Plant, a highway
interchange, airside and landside roads,
cooling stations and standby power
generation for a new Midfield Terminal
and other airport commercial users
Contractors Overseas get $95,100 Tax Free
in 2012- "The U.S. has tax treaties with many
countries, which allows the federal
If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of
the United States and you live or work
abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide
income. However, you may qualify to
exclude from income up to an amount of
your foreign earnings that is now adjusted
for inflation $91,400 for 2009, $91,500 for
2010, $92,900 for 2011, $95,100 for 2012 and
$97,600 for tax year 2013.

In addition, you can exclude or deduct
certain foreign housing amounts according
to You may also be entitled to
exclude from income the value of meals and
lodging provided to you by your employer.
Refer to Exclusion of Meals and Lodging in
Publication 54, Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens
and Resident Aliens Abroad, and Publication
15-B, Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe
Benefits for more information.

In 2013, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due
to Inflation Adjustments such as:
◦The annual exclusion for gifts rises to
$14,000 for 2013, up from $13,000 for 2012.
February 5, 2013