Logistics firm North American Logistics said Wednesday that it will train more than 100 soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan as part of a Pentagon initiative to improve the country’s ability to fight and win wars.
The training, the first such effort by a private company, is part of the U.S. military’s ongoing effort to train and equip Afghan soldiers, according to Lt.
Col. Robert D. Smith, the director of training and advisory operations for the Army’s Office of Training and Doctrine Command.
“It is a step forward,” Smith said.
“The training will help us better assess the risk and the opportunity and, more importantly, prepare our troops to face any future contingencies.”
North American is a private, for-profit logistics company that helps U.K.-based military contractors perform logistical support in Afghanistan.
The Army announced last month that it had signed a contract to train 10,000 Afghan security forces for the next two years.
That contract includes training in logistics, logistics support, field logistics and firefighting.
North American will also provide training to Afghan police officers, and it is developing training programs for Afghan special forces.
North America said in a statement that it plans to train at least 100 men and women from May through November.
It is the largest single training contract awarded by the U:S.
Army to date, and the company said it expects to train about 15,000 Afghans by the end of the year.
The Pentagon’s decision to award the contract came after a review of the Afghanistan conflict by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the independent federal watchdog on Afghanistan reconstruction.
The SIGAR review concluded that the U.:S.
had conducted too little training and had failed to provide sufficient support to Afghan forces, including the provision of ammunition, medical care, equipment and training.
Smith said that the training will “enhance the ability of the Afghan National Security Forces to provide effective and enduring security to their people.”
The U.:s troop presence in Afghanistan has been criticized for the cost and security risks of the ongoing war, which has killed more than 8,400 U.A.E. troops, forced more than 12 million to flee their homes and left more than 3 million people homeless.
The U.N. estimates that the Afghan war has cost at least $10 trillion, with about $4 trillion in indirect costs.