Investigations and Analysis
In response to media reports that contrary to its claims, Iraq was not open for foreign business investment, the Committee minority leader conducted an investigation into the business atmosphere in Iraq. The report found that Iraq was a challenging environment, and that the current government has done little to nothing to improve the ability of businesses to flourish in the country. In regards to contractors, the report discusses the number of contractors supporting U.S. Department of State operations in Iraq (pgs. 19-21) with the number an unsustainable 14000 contractors to 1800 U.S. Government employees.
This report by the majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee addresses the U.S. governments transition from a military-led mission to a civilian-led effort in Iraq. Among other issues, the report discusses how the State Department might double the number of security contractors it employs in Iraq, and after the withdrawal may ask security contractors to take over highly specialized functions, such as explosive-ordnance disposal; counter rocket, artillery and mortar notification; and aerial surveillance.