Defense contractors or military overseas contractors who work overseas on behalf of the federal government are there primarily to provide work in civilian areas, and do not generally provide direct support for any operations of a military nature. This is because that if they did provide direct support they could be deemed to be legitimate targets of attacks by an enemy military under the Geneva Convention of 1949.
Over the past decade, defense contracting has exploded in scope, as just in the past year alone over $316 billion has been allocated by the US Department of Defense for contracts in this area.
Another factor is that defense contracting has taken on a much larger role in an on-the-ground presence in the various involvement of America in the conflicts in the Middle East.
The first Gulf War in 1991 there was roughly a 50 to 1 ratio of soldiers in uniform to contractors. During the first four years of the war in Iraq, the number of contractors hired was an estimated 190,000, which was way more than the total presence of the American military. In Afghanistan, the ratio of contractors to the military is about 1 to 1 with about 100,000 present in that country.
Working as a defense contract worker can be a challenging, but rewarding career, as there are certainly issues we don’t encounter stateside, but the pay is obviously higher too.
Of course, assignments can vary and they are not all in war zones, or even near war zones. Assignments also can occur in parts of the world where there have been natural disasters, and major rebuilding needs to be undertaken. Workers must be prepared to live and work in areas where the comforts of home may be non-existent.
There is a large contingent of workers who work in Antarctica as they provide support in all aspects of the maintenance of weather stations, maintenance of airfields, ice and snow removal, and the providing of services required to run an infrastructure in one of the most unforgiving sections of the world.
Normal jobs are needed such as cooks, forklift drivers, electricians, plumbers and all manner of workers that any society needs to function and maintain itself.
Offshore oil and gas contractors also live and work in a harsh environment, as they may encounter environments nearly as bad as Antarctica, but over the water as well. The pay in these areas is very good, as one would expect, and it is a way for an individual to earn a lot of money in a very short period of time. However, the jobs can be very difficult and it takes special qualities in order to be able to do the job maintain it.
Construction workers are required everywhere, and especially for projects that involve US installations such as US consulates, military installations and so forth. There is always some sort of construction going on in nearly every part of the world where laborers working for defense contractors take part. If you are a defense contractor and need legal representation, there are many DBA experts available, such as Matthew T Singer, Defense Base Act Attorney.