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Stability Ops Summit Wrap-up and DPAP Conference

Wednesday, November 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Howie Lind

November 2, 2016, Volume 7

Dear Stability Operators,

We had a great ISOA Summit last week! To those who were there, thank you for attending and participating. If you couldn't attend the Summit, please try to make it to future ISOA events. Attending our events and joining ISOA will certainly be a "value-add" to you and your company.

Summit highlights include keynote remarks from General John F. Kelly, US Marine Corps (retired), and from Greg Starr, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. We also heard from Gary Motsek, who is in charge of Contractor Program Support for the Department of Defense, and from Cathy Read, who is the Director of Acquisition Management for the State Department. Other key panelists were Ron Catipon and Sharon James from the State Department, and Randall McFadden and Jeffrey Hermann from the US Air Force Combat Command, Acquisition and Integration Center.

Importantly, we elected four new members to the ISOA Board of Directors. They are:

  • Costa Maroulis, from Automotive Management Services
  • Nick Forster, from FSI Worldwide
  • Michelle Quinn, from VxL Enterprises
  • Darryle Conway, from PAE

Yesterday on November 1st, the Pentagon office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) held their quarterly meeting with industry association leaders (ISOA included) along with other defense company representatives. The following topics were discussed:

  • Mail delivery for contractors in Iraq
  • Multiple entry/exit visa (MEEV) process for DoD contractors in Iraq
  • Required disclosure of U.S. Government contracts in Iraq to comply with Iraqi tax assessments
  • Supplementing "guardian angel" support with a Private Security Company in Afghanistan
  • Visa processing delays in Iraq
  • Iraqi Government methodology for assessing U.S. contractor's tax liability
  • Ongoing issues related to U.S. contractor's tax liability in Afghanistan
  • Ongoing issues related to business licensing in Afghanistan
  • Use of lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA) as source selection criterion for procurements in contingency environments
  • Security clearance backlog

Please send me any comments you may have on any of these discussion points, or other areas of concern that you have. One of the major benefits that ISOA brings to you as a member company is our association being able to take on the tough issues, such as these above, and advocate on your behalf to the U.S. Government.

Please consider joining ISOA if you are not already a corporate member. The added values for you as member of ISOA are numerous, one of which I just described. The other benefits are the ability for you and your company to personally interact with senior government officials, and to develop key business-to-business relationships so that you can partner, and win, with other ISOA member companies.

All the best.

Howard R. Lind

President, International Stability Operations Association 1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
703-336-3940
howielind@stability-operations.org
www.stability-operations.org

ISOA CORPORATE MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MATLOCK AND ASSOCIATES

MATLOCK AND ASSOCIATES DONATES COMMUNICATIONS AND CYBER EXPERTISE TO ISOA MISSION

ISOA would like to extend its thanks to Matlock and Associates for playing a critical role in this year's progress in strengthening relationships and identifying common interests throughout the stability operations space. Matlock's flexibility and generosity have enabled our Association to reach a far wider audience through the launch of our organizational web site, stability-operations.org.

The new ISOA web site is clearinghouse for information of value to association members, new and existing clients, and professionals interested in employment in the sector. Industry and Association news, key information regarding the stability operations space, links to partner organizations, and venues through which employers and prospective employees can connect are featured content. This access point has elevated the Association's profile substantially and provided members with the tools to thrive through improved coordination.

Matlock and Associates' support to the ISOA mission was made possible by its depth of expertise in the cyber and communications sectors. An emerging leader in custom information technology solutions for U.S. Government clients, Matlock has provided mission essential capabilities in the realms of systems engineering and integration, network engineering and applications development, and cyber systems advisory services. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Installation and integration of secure, globally accessible databases for mission status tracking and data analytics in support of State Department operations worldwide
  • Innovative software development and robust network implementation and management for the Department of State, improving mission effectiveness across geographically separated locations
  • Implementation of mobile classified data solutions through secure wireless devices for Intelligence Community customers
  • Testing, validation, and enhancement of Commercial Solutions for Classified programs in support of the U.S. Air Force, to include efficiency improvements in network performance and battery life

The agility and depth that Matlock brings to its relationships with clients and partner firms have improved the Association's ability to serve its members and industry customers, and are exemplary of the capabilities that ISOA exists to highlight and enhance. Many thanks to Matlock and Associates for their support as we conclude the 11th Annual ISOA Summit, and for being valued members of the stability operations community.

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Scarola's panel will share their best practices for disclosure and transparency in the primary market as well as in the secondary market. With the rise of enforcement charges facing individuals, panellists will discuss the individual risk confronting elected and appointed officials.

Read MoreBenzinga

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The US military needs to quickly develop affordable methods to counter small unmanned drones used by Islamic State terrorists to move explosives into an area, the Air Force's top civilian urged Monday.

As military operations in Iraq and Syria continue, US forces are encountering an "emerging threat" of unmanned aerial systems, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a Center for a New American Security event. Over the past several weeks, there have been multiple instances of Islamic State operators in Iraq and Syria buying cheap, off-the-shelf UAS and equipping them with explosives - basically using them as flying bombs, with sometimes fatal results.

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The Transportation Security Administration is taking the next step forward in reorganizing its headquarters operations, and it's creating a new chief of mission support position to lead the charge.

These changes will impact several areas within the agency, particularly the TSA acquisition space.

TSA will separate existing acquisition programs from its procurement function. Each function will have its own specific office. TSA will also streamline the acquisition programs it distributes across the agency into one office.

Read MoreFederal News Radio

CONTRACTING & PROCUREMENT

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International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced its Tampa office as the recipient of the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for Office of the Year. The Pro Bono Office of the Year Award is given to the office that demonstrates a commitment to pro bono legal work, encompassing the efforts of shareholders, associates, paralegals, and staff.

The Tampa office was honored for its many pro bono accomplishments in 2016, most notably for providing pro bono legal services to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation's largest youth mentoring organization. Led by Tampa Managing Shareholder David B. Weinstein, Greenberg Traurig's team of 43 lawyers and staff from 14 offices across the country provided Big Brothers Big Sisters with more than $1 million in pro bono legal services.

Read MoreBenzinga

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Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, received the Hope Award from the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) during the organization's National Gala in New York City on October 20.

Rosenbaum received the award based on the firm's generosity and long-standing support of lupus research and education.

Read MorePR Web

GEOPOLITICAL NEWS

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One week into the battle for Mosul, U.S. troops are embedded with Iraqi battalion- and brigade-level units, pushing forward with mobile headquarters elements as the fight moves toward the dense city center, according to U.S. officials familiar with the operation.

The American and Iraqi troops face an increasingly complex fight as some Islamic State fighters remain behind the advancing forces to mount guerilla-style attacks from the rear, according to U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity

Read MoreMilitary Times

U.S. TARGETS TOP TWO AL QAEDA LEADERS IN AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. military targeted two of al Qaeda's most senior leaders in Afghanistan with a series of drone strikes conducted Sunday in a remote area of Kunar Province.

The Pentagon identified the leaders as Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi, who it says were involved in efforts to re-establish a safe haven in Afghanistan from which to threaten the West as well as efforts to recruit and train foreign fighters.

Read MoreWashington Examiner

PLANS TO SEND HEAVIER WEAPONS TO CIA-BACKED REBELS IN SYRIA STALL AMID WHITE HOUSE SKEPTICISM

As rebel-held sections of Aleppo crumbled under Russian bombing this month, the Obama administration was secretly weighing plans to rush more firepower to CIA-backed units in Syria.

The proposal, which involved weapons that might help those forces defend themselves against Russian aircraft and artillery, made its way onto the agenda of a recent meeting President Obama held with his national security team.

And that's as far as it got. Neither approved nor rejected, the plan was left in a state of ambiguity that U.S. officials said reflects growing administration skepticism about escalating a covert CIA program that has trained and armed thousands of Syrian fighters over the past three years.

Read MoreThe Washington Post

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One after another, American fighter jets and armed drones screech down the runway at this mountain-fringed northern military outpost, launching missions around the clock to support Afghan forces battling militants aligned with Islamic State and the Taliban.

More than 700 U.S. airstrikes have been carried out this year against the militants, twice as many as last year, as Afghan soldiers and police have struggled to contain a perpetual insurgency.

The ferocity of the fighting, more than 15 years after the U.S.-led military invasion, highlights Afghanistan's deepening security crisis and unremitting reliance on the United States. The Taliban has waged a campaign of attacks on government-held provincial capitals throughout the country and is expected to continue its assault well into the winter months, beyond what was historically referred to as the "fighting season."

Read MoreLos Angeles Times

CONTRACT AWARDS

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The Pentagon announced Friday that DynCorp International Inc. won a six-month, $63.3 million contract extension to continue to manage parts for hundreds of T-6 trainer aircraft in several Air Force and Naval bases across the country.

This crucial extension comes before what promises be a challenging road ahead for the McLean-based global logistics contractor, as it looks to reclaim major contracts nearing the end of their terms.

Read MoreWashington Business Journal

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The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will have a one five-year base period of performance and five 12-month options.

Read MoreGovCon Wire

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Under the task order, Amyx will provide several PEO support services to include program management, systems and security engineering, process improvement, financial management and acquisition-related support.

Read MoreWashington Exec

DEFENSE & NATIONAL SECURITY

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The Air Force Reaper drones began flying out of the Tunisian base in late June and have played a key role in an extended U.S. air offensive against an Islamic State stronghold in neighboring Libya.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an operation that has not been acknowledged, said the drones being flown out of Tunisia were unarmed and were principally being used to collect intelligence on Islamic State targets in Sirte, Libya, where the United States has conducted more than 300 airstrikes since August.

Read MoreThe Washington Post

PENTAGON EXPECTS MOSUL PUSH TO UNLOCK TROVE OF ISIS INTELLIGENCE

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The analysts will have several immediate priorities: Share with the Iraqi military any information crucial to the unfolding fight in Mosul; pass along insights useful to American officials planning an attack on Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital in eastern Syria; hunt for clues about the location of the group's shadowy leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; and search for any information about terrorist cells in Europe and any attacks they may be plotting.

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American diplomats say the increasing belligerence of China and Russia - from the South China Sea to Syria to the Baltic - as well as the advancing pace of North Korea's nuclear weapons development, make it untenable for the United States and its allies to support such a far-reaching commitment to scrap their nukes.

Read MoreForeign Policy


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