[Army Material Command] has units in 49 states and 127 countries, with 67,000 civilian employees, 47,000 contractors and fewer than 5,000 military officers and enlisted personnel.I'm not certain what's most shocking about this sentence. First, we have a 40-man band with a $4.4 million dollar facility which caters to roughly a brigade and a half's worth of soldiers. Then there's the startling revelation that we have AMC personnel in over two-thirds of the countries on the planet. Lastly, and most surprisingly, there's the 9:1 ratio of contractors to soldiers within AMC, only exacerbated by the 13:1 ratio of DoD Civilians to soldiers.
To put that perspective, there are enough contractors in AMC to man three whole divisions. AMC also has more contractors and DoD civilians in its ranks than there are US service members in Afghanistan.
If Secretary Gates is really looking to cut funds, he might want to start eyeing this behemoth.