Private Security Companies and Operational Contract Support Requirements

  • Colonel Jeffery E. Phillips

The U.S. Government has placed significant reliance on Private Security Companies (PSC’s) to provide protection for operational contract support efforts and must improve current processes to provide effective security for future contract execution. Government agencies now routinely contract for private security functions during all types of contingency operations for the purpose of guarding their personnel, facilities, work sites, and contractors. Based on U.S. global commitments and military end-strength, the use of contractors to support contingency operations will be an enduring method for providing support to U.S. Government agencies in future operations, and the U.S. Government must make efforts to improve the utilization of PSCs. This paper proposes six recommendations on providing better government oversight and coordination of PSCs to increase future operational contract support success.