The Sixth Branch – Contractors Role Against Daesh 2017

“The Sixth Branch”
Private Military Contractors role in the next phase against Daesh

Written by:  Daniel Toon

Conflict Area Management LLC

As an active participant in the industry for over two decades,  I have been dedicated to assisting and supporting other professionals in our industry finding gainful employment and achieving their career objectives.

In 2003 and 2004 the industry had  opportunity to separate distinctly apart from terms such as “gun for hire” or “mercenary” ,  labels that every single professional have gone to great lengths to prove an inaccurate opinion of how we conduct ourselves.
After 2005 the use of the term “Private Military Contractor” was once again equated to the term “mercenary”, evoking images of  private soldiers in the African Continent, working for opposing sides in various regional conflicts.   

Contrary to this popular belief, Private Contractors have been filling and fulfilling requirements that previously existed as distinct military professions, or Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).
Contractors can reestablish credibility by conducting themselves as an entity, by holding themselves to strict accountability, not only responsible to nations or organizations that provide financial backing ,  but to the communities, cultures, and populations they are working with.
The objective of Conflict Area Management has been to provide reliable information for employment opportunities with defense and military contracting industry with resounding success in producing  well informed applicants  who are interested in establishing themselves for a successful contract or career.
Conflict Area Management LLC has made a commitment to addressing these issues of concern to the international community and position the best qualified, professional applicants into positions,  who recognize that the only possible means of stabilization for this particular region require a multitude of specialists who are dedicated to providing the same skills acquired from decades of experience,  to affect a positive impact on our global and national populations,  creating an environment promoting self-determination, human rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, and environmental responsibility.
Historically, contracted personnel have been used for follow on support of conventional military operations. Large numbers of contractors have been employed to varying degrees of effect in the region filling positions that have been downsized from military occupational specialties, yet essential for the success of any scale military effort.
Opportunity for better coordination and integration into any concentrated military effort to be effective in combatant roles is projected to require various specialties that traditional military forces have eliminated.
This “Sixth Branch” of the armed forces should be implemented to provide thousands of experienced professionals, resolved to create an environment in the region that is secure, stable, and dissuades the religious extremism that has been used as a means to control and oppress the local populace.
Contractors are no longer debated whether or not they provide a valuable contribution to military operations, the value of being rapidly deployable with minimal pre-deployment training, having already served in the military or law enforcement fields or in respective specialties.

Civilian Contractor skills and knowledge in the fields of:
Airfield Operations and Logistics
Disaster and Displaced Persons Relief
Medical Services and Training
Military Skills Training
Law Enforcement skills Training
Security Services Training  to include Mobile and Fixed Site security
Intelligence Analysis and Screening
Language and Cultural Advisors
Direct Action Services in cooperation with local partners

Experience in the region integrating Contractors into an overall effort against Daesh  must be implemented into operational planning conducted by the commanding staff from the initial phase in an effort to expand and contract any multi-national forces and organizations in ongoing support of relief and stability operations with immediate attention paid to local cultural sensitivities that could contribute to the sentiment of occupation.

A new approach to producing assertive, sensible and sensitive professional members of any local stabilizing force has to be developed to prevent ethnic, sectarian, or tribal disputes and any relationship between local population and multi-national relief force that can establish security while retaining the mobility to respond quickly.

Airfield Operations and Logistics:
With completion of the logistical supply point in north-east Syria,  Civilian Contractors will have the opportunity to provide experienced professionals who are able to construct, expand, maintain and secure any facilities required for providing any local partners with the ability to supply and support their forces without the concern of airdropped supplies being taken by Daesh, or other extremist factions.

Air-Traffic Controllers
Air Field Maintenance
Aircraft Maintenance
Intelligence Analysis and Information Management
Rearming / Refueling fixed and rotary wing aircraft
UAS/ UAV departures, recaptures and maintenance
Housing and Warehousing
Communications and Computer Network Specialists
Dining Facility Operations and Associated Services

Disaster and Displaced Persons Relief Services:
The ongoing wave of Displaced Persons and besieged population centers in the region has already proven to conceal and mask movement of extremists into the European Continent.
To be able to contain and position the majority of these Displaced Persons as close as possible to their respective homes the need for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance will increase from the rebuilding of Ramadi to potential operations in support of taking Mosul and Raqqa from Daesh control.
These services will range from infrastructure projects that restore basic services to areas in dense populations affected by regional conflict resulting in the destruction of electrical and water service, as well as food distribution in affected areas.

Medical Services and Training:
Initial medical training for armed service members conducting pre-deployment training, for local forces advisory services in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) in conjunction with efforts in developing disease treatment and prevention. Opportunities for medical training in participating countries as well as in potentially dangerous environments.

Military Skills Training Services:
Undoubtedly military training and advisory services are necessary to reinforce the relationship between local forces.
Attempts over the past year to train and equip local moderate Syrian forces in neighboring countries have failed tremendously with virtually no effect on the battlefield except for allowing Daesh forces to capture equipment and supplies that were intended to be used against them on the battlefield.
Civilian Contract trainers and advisors embedded within the forces comprised of the local population may be required to assure and assist local forces in numerous aspects of combat including any direct action forces necessary to supplement the gains made in degrading the ability of Daesh to hold and control territory.
Trainers will be needed for any pre-deployment training conducted by multi-national armed service members tasked into the region.
Military skills training for local forces in all aspects of fielding their personnel in retaking and holding both areas of dense populations and open areas that become havens for any burgeoning insurgency after the population centers have been liberated.

Trainers / Advisors in Combat Arms, equipment fielding and maintenance, maneuver warfare to include armored fighting vehicles and their necessary Maintenance and support.
Trainers in Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) and unexploded ordinance disposal and detection. These training programs may require an embedded mentor within small group units of local forces, with advisors participating in a combatant capacity.

Law Enforcement Training Services:
Recent experience in developing a capable Law Enforcement system to continue to keep liberated territory under rule of established law.
Law enforcement has been particularly targeted by opposition forces in the region as a result of poor quality training and inexperienced cadre that fill such positions.   If the Law Enforcement system is to be effective in providing the best possible force, personnel must be given training in Combat skills as well as law enforcement techniques to be able to both protect local populations and themselves respectively.
Past efforts in the region have been poorly executed and disorganized, with large amounts of funding spent by respective multi-national organizations and armed services with little effect on the local community to create a safe environment for the local populace to rebuilt infrastructure and begin to provide opportunities for advancement in quality of life.

Security Services and Training:
Fixed and Mobile Security Services Training and Implementation will be necessary for multi-national and local forces to hold and then secure territory retaken from Daesh.
Mobile Security Services to include convoy / supply operations and Close Protection / PSD to accompany local and multi-national relief services, local and international diplomatic efforts, equipment for restoring basic services, and international Specialists focused on providing basic services and promotion of local stability.
Fixed Site Security Services will be instrumental in the protection of UNESCO world heritage sites, critical infrastructure, local and international equipment storage, Force Protection responsibilities, special focus on the containment and elimination of captured weapons, munitions and supplies.
Training of local members of a new security force to follow the multi-national effort in a rapid timeframe to be effective and independent of long term reliance upon international support.

Intelligence Analysis and Screening:
Analysts providing targeting information that can be utilized as quickly as possible to effect any Tactical or Strategic outcome, identification and coordination of different local and multi-national military forces so that they are capable of making adjustments to a fluid and Mobile battlefield. Analysis and collection of information on high value targets, affiliated groups and their international support systems. Identification of friendly local forces and assessment of which could be utilized and trained.

Direct Action Services:
The application of contractors to supplement a multi-national effort in liberating areas under ISIL / ISIS/ Daesh control, including pursuing, apprehending, and elimination of high value targets, Although controversial, an established history and past experience indicate that any roles participating as combatants must be coordinated with any multi-national command and control structure, with redundant communication between participating elements.
Experience in developing an effective Tactical Air Support System coordinating contractor elements should be considered as part of an overall strategy utilizing fixed and rotary aircraft to recapture and hold Daesh territory.
International volunteers currently participating in advising, training, and in Combat roles should be integrated into any multi-national military efforts.

Cause and Effect:
As an industry, Contractors have the opportunity to work with multi-national military efforts in helping degrade and ultimately dismantle the Daesh regime. Contractors have a historic responsibility to contribute in this effort.
The industry as a complete and contributing entity should attempt to integrate, advise, mentor and guide military personnel in the next phase of the conflict, as Specialists focused on creating stability, assisting in reconstruction, and positively impact every community and culture they are working in.

“The Department of Defense, to include Geographic Combatant Commanders, may contract for private security functions to fulfill non-combat requirements for security in Contingency Operations, Humanitarian or Peace Operations, and other military operations or exercises. Private security functions include guarding of personnel, facilities, designated sites, or property of a Federal agency, the contractor or subcontractor, or a third party. The use of force by PSCs is limited to self-defense, the defense of others and the protection of U.S. Government property. Deadly force can only be used in response to an imminent lethal threat to persons protected by the PSC, PSC personnel themselves, or to prevent the loss or destruction of inherently dangerous property or critical infrastructure. PSCs may not engage in combat, which is defined as deliberate destructive action against hostile armed forces or other armed actors. It is the policy of the Department of Defense that PSCs must be regularly established, registered, well regulated, rigidly disciplined, properly staffed with carefully selected operating personnel. This policy extends to include any other activity for which personnel are required to carry weapons in the performance of their duties. This policy reflects U.S. law and is implemented through Department of Defense Directives, Instructions, and acquisition policy, to include the use of rigorous and verifiable business and operational standards” – http://www.acq.osd.mil/log/ps/psc.html

Every contractor participating in stability operations should be held to Articles Of Conduct and Accountability stated in the Department of Defense regulations.

This Code Of Conduct should apply to any international and locally contracted personnel.

Acknowledgment of the necessity of creating a secure and safe region free of secular infighting and tribal tension should be at the forefront of this effort.

This “Sixth Branch” has the ability to offer specialized experience and perspective on the region that has the potential to become a legitimate service with the strictest adherence to a swift and decisive conclusion to the conflict that creates an environment where Displaced persons and the remaining local populace to begin to establish a successful reconciliation.
A large change in how the industry conducts itself needs to be accomplished, intent on minimizing potentially negative impact of needlessly producing resentment and hostility towards Contractors and their valued contribution to this effort.
The Conflict Area Management job board will continue to be a resource for various international employment opportunities, however the primary focus shall be to educate, inform and position the best qualified and experienced applicants into the organizations that are willing to recognize, adapt, and learn from the mistakes of the past decade.

Conflict Area Management has been unique in the ability to assist and connect with tens of thousands of professional community members from over 120 nations who have the belief that the only solution to this problem is the investment in this upcoming effort.
This industry should be part of a solution to this crisis by highlighting the tens of thousands of well educated, experienced Specialists whom are willing to do the difficult work required to resolve this matter.

Conflict Area Management LLC is seeking qualified and interested applicants for the purpose of placing applicants into contract positions that may require deployment to austere, hostile environments.