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The Associated Press: Wartime Use of Contractors

The Associated Press: Wartime Use of Contractors: "CONTRACTORS OUTNUMBER TROOPS: There are 196,000 contract employees working for the Defense Department in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are 182,000 U.S. forces in both countries. Most of those are Army troops.

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CONTRACT FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS GROW: Federal agents are handling more than 100 criminal investigations related to war contract fraud, bribery, false billing, kickbacks and theft.

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ACTIONS BY THE ARMY: Service officials are creating a command to be led by a two-star general that will oversee defense contracting. The Army also is hiring 1,400 additional acquisition personnel.

PAY FOR PERFORMANCE: Military officials say they are shifting to contracts that pay companies for how well they perform and away from arrangements that give contractors little incentive to control costs."

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