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From Facing South: 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

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