Hi everybody, this is an update on the world’s conflicts taking a look at where are civilian contractors going next brought to you by Florida DBA law firm Garfinkel Schwartz.
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Garfinkel Schwartz uses a vast number of news sources, conflict experts, military and government information to look at places that civilian contractors may be going in fall 2016 into early 2017 focusing on current wars and violent conflicts.
The week ending September 9, 2016, an additional 450 U.S. troops were sent to Iraq. U.S. troops going anywhere marks a strong indicator for where civilian contractors will also be working. We also know that you head out to places where no one knows. But we’ll be here if you need our help. That’s a promise.
Let’s take a look at what’s going on overseas and these issues are our summaries based on what we’ve read and analyze in the news, gathered from government, DoD, military and impartial educational resources that study world conflicts, politics and wars. We highly ecommend the Global Conflict Tracker website: CFR.org for up to date information on developing and ongoing events.
An interesting retraction occurred on the U.S. Department of Defense website which first reported July 28, 2016, that the U.S. would be hiring a large contractor to send 1,500 contractors to Syria.
“Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $ 9,578,964 modification (P00001) to contract W564KV-16-C-0058 for intelligence analysis services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, and Syria, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $6,370,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany APO AE, is the contracting activity.”
Less than one week later, the DoD reported a retraction stating a typo occurred and that the Defense Contractor Six3 would instead be sending 1,500 contractors to Kosovo:
“CORRECTION: Modification P00001 to contract W564KV-16-C-0058, awarded to Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, on July 27, 2016, incorrectly announced where work will be performed. The announcement should have read that work will be performed in Germany, Italy, and Kosovo. All other information in the announcement was accurate.”
It’s unknown whether additional forces beyond the 300 U.S. troops in Syria will be sent.
September 12, 2016, Status
Syria is overrun by ISIS and there are 300 U.S. Troops and Special Forces vs. more than 20,000 to 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. However, according to The New York Times, the BBC, Newsweek and other news outlets, the U.S. and Russia had reached a tentative agreement to cooperate against the Nusra Front and the Islamic State.
The ISIS situation has led to the displacement of more than four million Syrian refugees and migrants. Tens of thousands of Syrians are stranded and dying from starvation and dehydration in the Syrian desert. There have been no successful methods for delivering aid as ISIS destroys each attempt.
While a temporary ceasefire was brokered and was supposed to be allowed so that food could be transported from Turkey across the border, and to Aleppo, Reuters, The BBC, ABC News and CNN report that no relief delivery efforts were reported as being successful to date and that fighting has continued.
Civil War in Libya
The civil war in Libya is critical and getting worse. Libya became troubled after the 2011 killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Libya has been split into two governments and parliaments with a range of tribes and militias.
There is a limited number of U.S. troops in Libya working with more than 5,000 foreign troops. There have been more than 400,000 displaced people.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has complicated a power struggle between various factions including the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
SOUTH China Sea:
The U.S. had to meet with China to try to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea where China decided on its own to “reclaim” the sea based on a map hundreds of years old. Newsweek reports that China’s claim is that the area goes back thousands of years to China. Whereas more recent maps dating back 130 years became disputed with European countries claiming the area.
China has called “sovereignty” over the area that is alleged to belong to Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. China claims most of the South China Sea where more than $5 trillion in world trade moves annually…and where there are trillions of dollars in natural gas and oil below sea level.
China and Russia together have United Nations veto power and are disputing a decision by The Hague that said in August that China has no right to do what it’s doing.
In short, Russia and China’s power may attempt to “override” the U.N. decision that China was wrong by using brute force.
What’s notable about this conflict?
The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Fox, New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post report that China and Russia have begun combined military exercises in the South China Sea Monday, Sept. 12, the fifth such action since 2012. Russia and China military forces are showing off military might in “military exercises” that are taking place in front of the U.S. and its allies.
One of the world’s largest military forces, North Korea has 1.2 million troops. Global Conflict Tracker reports that the U.S. has 28,500+ troops in South Korea which has 625,000+ troops.
This is one of the most heavily-armed military locations in the world right now.
North Korea is angry at the U.S. for sanctions against its leader Kim Jong-un and his crimes against humanity in North Korea.
Un executed more than 50 government officials he suspected of opposing him. He is starving North Korean citizens, restricting movement and controlling them through random mass killings to terrorize citizens into submission. His actions have also moved slowly but certainly towards South Korean territory.
North Korea in January decided to detonate and test a nuclear weapon in Punggye-ri, Kilju County. On Sept. 8, 2016, a 5.0 earthquake was reported and later confirmed on all major news outlets that the quake was in the same location—the site of four other nuclear bombs previously tested since 2001.
In early 2016, North Korea said it had 7 to 10 nuclear weapons and a massive army and in some reports claims 16 nuclear weapons.
In August, North Korea fired ballistic missiles into the sea testing their “dated” military equipment as a show of strength which hit very close to Japan and South Korea.
The U.S. has been in Afghanistan with 9,800 troops there. It’s been reported that there will be at least 8,400 troops remaining in Afghanistan beyond December 2016 in an attempt to control the Taliban regime.
The U.S. Army reported to be deploying 1,400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne division to Afghanistan in fall 2016 to support Operation Freedom to, “hunt Al-Queda and Taliban.” These troops either add to or maintain U.S. forces.
The United States became involved in Afghanistan originally because the Taliban refused to give up Osama bin Laden after 9/11. While, the U.S. found and killed bin Laden in 2011, the number of forces needed to maintain any hold in Afghanistan by its citizens will continue.
A March 2016 Congressional Research Service report states that there were approximately 28,600 Department of Defense contractors in Afghanistan. The DoD defines a defense contractor as “any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal non-federal entity that enters into a contract directly with the DOD to furnish services, supplies, or construction.”
EAST China Sea:
The East China Sea is an issue because China is encroaching on Japan’s Economic Empowerment Zone.
Why does the U.S. care? Because China is antagonizing U.S. ships in the waters nearby, and is following, pursuing, harassing etc. The thought is that the Chinese ships are trying to engage in disputes that could be used to escalate force.
This week an additional 450 troops were sent to help protect the city of Mosul from ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
The U.S. has been trying to maintain order and establish control of the country for Iraqi government security forces after The U.S. military involvement in Iraq began in 2003.
When the U.S. then entered Iraq, it was to remove the regime alleged to be responsible for creating and preparing use of weapons of mass destruction.
While evidence was not found that those weapons were present, the U.S. remained in Iraq fighting and supporting the country’s battle for control from brutal dictator Saddam Hussein.
Upon the capture of Hussein and his removal, the U.S. attempted to aid the establishment of an interim government in Iraq. U.S. troops were beginning a withdrawal from Iraq from 2007-08.
Iraqi insurgents from a range of religious and political factions continually wrestled for control of the country when U.S. troops left Iraq.
At the center of the Iraqi leadership issues is a vast difference in beliefs by religious-based sectors among Kurds, Sunni, and Shia. Each wants and should have a say in Iraqi governance, yet the groups cannot agree to work together equally to run the country.
All groups will battle ISIS forces, yet the internal fighting will not allow a resolve for leadership that together, united may better defend the country from ISIS.
By 2011, the Iraq Crisis peaked and civil war broke out. ISIS began an all out war for control of the country which brought the U.S. and its allies back into Iraq.
Since 2014 more than 60 countries have worked with U.S. forces attempting to keep ISIS from gaining control of key cities in Iraq including Fallujah, Baghdad, Tikrit, Anbar Province and Ramadi. There have been almost 10,000 air strikes against ISIS.
The U.S. and its allies are working to remove ISIS from Mosul where it’s had a two-year presence. With the wide range of religious, political disagreements, U.S. government, U.S. military, and its allies face several more years of fighting in Iraq.
We Support Civilian Contractors
We support civilian contractors and federal employees located around the world in hot zones including Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Central and South America.
If you are injured or become ill, get a Defense Base Act attorney. Garfinkel Schwartz knows that you’re working alongside U.S. troops, on U.S. military bases, or outside the wire in places that no one knows about and that you can’t talk about. While you’ll be airlifted to a hospital in Dubai, Landstuhl, or elsewhere, you will need an attorney to monitor your case. Never rely on an insurance company to give you the best care promised you under the law.
Insurers only make money when they DENY claims and provide the least expensive medical options.
You may be shipping out soon, you may be taking a break, you may be recovering from an injury or illness, you may be at home permanently or preparing to enter the civilian contractor job market after several military tours. Don’t get comfortable with your compensation and health care.
Do expect the rug to be pulled out from under you. And when it happens, you’ll have an attorney to fight that battle while you recover. All legal fees, medical care and benefits are covered if you’re injured on the job. Use what is there to help you get what is rightfully yours.
Where Troops Go, Contractors Go
We know that if U.S. troops are deployed, that civilian contractors will go too, sometimes numbering, according to the Department of Defense and the Veteran’s Administration estimates, 3 contractors to every 1 U.S. soldier in a war zone.
We know how you were injured or got sick: You worked overseas performing the dangerous, demanding and challenging jobs in and near war zones. You probably know a lot more than we do about what’s going on at ground level, but this is an overview that maybe you can share with your family and friends so that they get an idea of why what you do is so important to our country.
You are translators, tech wizards, communications, construction, travel, supply and rebuilding experts.
You may be a truck driver, you may be a wireless or transportation specialist, be responsible for delivery of water, weapons, goods, trucks, meals or transportation specialist. You might secure cities or help train local citizens to protect themselves and their homelands.
You may build or protect roads, provide meals, cut hair, design buildings, provide intel, train bomb-sniffing dogs, look for IEDs.
No matter your job, Garfinkel Schwartz is here to help you if you’re hurt or if you get sick while working that job overseas.
When you are denied healthcare and need money to pay bills while you recover or you need permanent and ongoing benefits, Garfinkel Schwartz fights insurance companies for you through the Defense Base Act law to get you health and financial benefits.