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Global Conflicts May Involve Civilian Contractors

Which Global Conflicts May Involve Civilian Contractors?

Civilian ContractorsThe question we have is which global conflicts may involve civilian contractors? This comes to mind at Garfinkel Schwartz because it involves our clients in world conflicts but we don’t know what’s coming next.

We want to know where our nation’s brave civilian contractors and U.S. troops and resources will be sent next. We watch this so that we have an idea where civilian contractors, DoD subcontractors will be going to serve and to work.

Many Conflicts Around the World

World news organizations report problems in countries and details, threat levels and predictions or outcomes vary by source. News tends to be more reactionary and up to the minute vs. projecting where the most likely next steps are or where they will be. It would be interesting to know which global conflicts may involve civilian contractors.

There are different levels of intensity in fighting, different threats, various numbers of U.S. troops and U.S. and world assets assigned to prevent security and world conflicts.

What Garfinkel Schwartz suggest to clients and to contractors is to get a wide range of news and information from multiple sources so that you’re getting an overall look at what is going on in the world.

We keep up by watching reliable, long-time, general news sources, but we also watch what is reported by the Global Conflict Tracker (CFR.org) website.

Global Conflict Tracker lists current world conflicts order of intensity and ranks the conflicts based on the reports of reliable neutral sources that have a history of reporting activities in each country and parts of the world.

We did a video and provided a report on possible conflicts and what is going on where and look at the Global Conflict Tracker and its team from the Center for Preventive Actions.

The Council on Foreign Relations has world experts sharing information with the Global Contract Tracker. There are people who study, who are fellows, who are funded independently to cover regions and issues that affect the world.

Resources used to report include monthly news and data from:

  • Academics
  • Foreign Policy Experts
  • Government Official

Here are the current world conflicts, where and why they may involve or soon involve more U.S. troops and the accompanying number of civilian contractors.

Taliban in Afghanistan

  • Critical & Worsening
  • There are 9,800 U.S. Troops and 13,223 NATO troops in Afghanistan

Why is the U.S. in Afghanistan? Afghanistan refused to turn over Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attack . The U.S. invaded and have battled the Taliban since.

The US is slow to withdraw from Afghanistan because of the perilous state of the country and fear that insurgents would return to power.

In July, 60 Taliban militants were killed but the U.S. wants to preserve security and political gains made since 2001.

There have been daily air attacks vs. Afghan militants. As of July 20, 2016, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter who said the U.S. is likely to remain in Afghanistan.

Syria Civil War

  • Critical & Worsening
  • 4M+ Syrian refugees/migrants
  • 470K+ Killed
  • 6.5M+ Syrians displaced
  • There are 300 U.S. Troops and Special Forces vs. more than 31,000 Islamic State fighters

Why is the U.S. in Syria? Multiple sides fought for control of Syria vs. the Syrian government since 2011 in a civil war. The Islamic State has fought Shiites, Christians and fellow Sunnis while controlling large areas of the country. Russia originally supported Syrian president Bahar al-Assad because of a Russian need to protect a nearby military base.

According to The New York Times, the U.S. and Russia have a tentative agreement to cooperate against the Nusra Front and the Islamic State. External involvement is increasing.

Tens of thousands of Syrians are stranded and dying from starvation and dehydration in the Syrian desert.

South China Sea Territorial Dispute

  • Critical & Worsening

What’s the issue? China, using a dated map, announced it was reclaiming a large area of the South China Sea through which billions in trade travels daily, from the Philippines. China’s made sovereign claims over the area through which trillions in trade pass annually.

A ruling against China’s action by the United Nations tribunal July 12 on July 20, 2016, was rejected by China verbally as it doesn’t recognize the court or its jurisdiction with a show of military strength.

China, according to multiple international news outlets, has sent tankers, bombers and jets to the area. The U.S. and Australia have been reported to be considering involvement.

A key issue is the reported $11B in barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the sea.

Beijing military exercises are decried by countries surrounding the disputed area including Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

East China Sea

  • Critical & Unchanging
  • 80,000 square miles, 8 islands, 200M estimated barrels of oil

Why is there an issue? China is reported to be moving closer to Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone which is normally.

In June 2016, a Chinese ship followed U.S. Aircraft Carrier during naval drills in the western Pacific involving the United States, Japan, and India.

North Korea Crisis

  • Critical & Worsening
  • North Korea is reported to have 10-16 Nuclear weapons
  • 28,500 U.S. troops are in South Korea

Why is this a U.S. issue? July 19, 2016, North Korea fired three missiles (ballistic) into the sea 300-500 miles from the coast of North Korea. Several weeks prior, North Korea proclaimed threats against the U.S. and South Korea deployment of anti-missile batteries. North Korea has considered its fifth nuclear weaponry testing “soon” as in any day.

The U.S. announced sanctions on North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un citing “notorious abuses of human rights” which has spurred the military show of strength.

The U.S., South Korea & Japan conducted first-ever joint anti-missile tracking exercises as North Korea is threatening terrible strikes against South Korea.

War Against Islamic State in Iraq

  • Critical & Worsening
  • 4,600+ U.S. Military in Iraq
  • 8K+ U.S. strikes against Iraq
  • 2M+ people living under Islamic state

This week, July 18, 2016, an Islamic Cleric asked followers to attack U.S. troops in Iraq who are fighting the Islamic State in Iraq. The U.S. has also committed

Civil War in Libya

  • Critical & Worsening
  • 5K foreign troops
  • 434K+ displaced people

The self-proclaimed Islamic State complicates a power struggle between various factions including the UN-backed Government of National Accord.