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“The biggest question facing State is how it will provide for the many services the military has given its diplomats as a matter of course — everything from route planning, to medevacs, to threat intelligence, to IED dismantling, to counterbattery, countermortar, counter-rocket fire, among many others,” Mr. Zakheim said. “Are all those tasks ones that we would wish State to contract for? And if not, how will State’s personnel receive the protection they both need and deserve?”

Mr. Green said the commission has taken on the role of urging the Pentagon to meet State’s requests.

“It’s an Army decision,” he said. “I don’t know why there is reluctance. I don’t know whether they’re concerned with reimbursement. Whether they are concerned with the amount of overhead they would have to provide to continue to oversee that contract. I just don’t know. State and Defense are in a dialogue as we speak. I don’t know how it will end up.”

The Pentagon told the commission in a memo Friday that negotiations with the State Department are continuing.

A former Army official said in an interview that the Army fears State will pledge to reimburse the cost of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, but then have trouble finding the money. A defense contractor involved in logistics said the Army has counted on shutting down the logistics program for Iraq so it can delegate personnel to other jobs.

The State Department first sounded the alarm in a 12-page April 7 memo from Patrick F. Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, to Ashton Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition.

The memo put in a pitch for continuing the logistics program and for the transfer of military helicopters and other equipment to State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security:

“If we do not acquire critical military assets before December, 2011, [State] will be forced to use less-effective technology and equipment as [State], on its own, does not have the resources or capability to provide this type of materiel support either for the Embassy in Baghdad or for [posts outside the city]. As a result, the security of [State Department] personnel in Iraq will be degraded significantly and we can expect increased casualties.”

While awaiting a Pentagon decision, State held an “industry day” June 14 during which private companies in the business of providing water, food, shelter, laundry, maintenance and other services heard officials explain their needs for post-2011.

Under State Department plans, there may will be fewer employees to protect eventually. The next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, James F. Jeffrey, said Wednesday that 16 military civilian posts will be consolidated into three branch offices across the country.

The agenda, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, listed 15 separate services State will need from industry, such as pest control, fire protection and fuel, if the logistics program ends.

There was also a list of contractor services for the new embassy in Baghdad, including kitchen equipment, waste management and swimming pool equipment.

A contractor with a company who attended the briefing said it was clear from State’s presentation that it does not have the bureaucracy to manage such large contracts.

This month, the wartime contracting commission issued a special report titled, “Better planning for Defense-to-State transition in Iraq needed to avoid mistakes and waste.”

The report said the two agencies have identified more than 1,000 tasks that State must perform starting in 2012, including 14 security missions being relinquished by the military. They include convoy security, communications, clearing travel routes and recovering killed and wounded State Department employees.

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