Next Week – Stability Ops Summit – Don't Miss It!

The 11th Annual Summit of the International Stability Operations Association is just around the corner. We are the only organization of its kind that allows companies in the stability operations industry to interact with each other and with their government counterparts in professional and social venues. Sign up at www.ISOAsummit.net. Large, medium, and small companies face all sorts of unique challenges in their working environments around the world. ISOA provides the forum and thought-leadership to address and tackle these challenges.

We're excited to announce that our lead-off Keynote speaker will be General John F. Kelly, US Marine Corps (retired). Achieving the rank of four-stars, General Kelly recently completed his stellar career as the Commander of the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

The Summit will feature many great speakers and panel discussions to include government leaders overseeing the large IDIQs - the Counternarcotics and Global Threats (CN&GT) and the LOGCAP V contracts from DoD, and the new Diplomatic Platform Support Services contract (formerly called DOSCAP) from the State Department. A new topic this year will include a panel discussion on Cultural Intelligence - "How to Reduce Embarrassment and Build International Relationships in an Operational Environment", featured by the Protocol School of Washington.

If your company has not joined ISOA, please consider doing so. It will certainly broaden your base of opportunities for global work, not only in the trouble spots, but everywhere that the US government is in operation. Use your time at the Summit to learn about new areas of growth and make those key connections with other companies and people to expand your business. You just don't want to miss this premier event. Register now at www.ISOAsummit.net.

I hope to see you at the Summit.

Howard R. Lind

President, International Stability Operations Association

703-336-3940

howielind@stability-operations.org

ISOA CORPORATE MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

NEW CENTURY US

 

NEW CENTURY US EXPANDS MARKETING IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

Arlington, VA

New Century US, in cooperation with the Virginia Economic Development Council, is participating in a trade mission to Indonesia and The Philippines.

The trade mission will introduce New Century capabilities to firms who do business with the police and military markets in those nations.

"New Century US had a great experience in 2015 working directly with a non-US government client, and we are hoping to replicate that in South East Asia," said Matthew Braun, Director of Business Development. "We have also been very pleased and impressed with the support we receive from the State of Virginia to expand our international marketing efforts through the VALET Program."

New Century plans to meet with a variety of commercial and government officials during the trade mission, which takes place from October 24th through the 28th, 2016.

New Century US (NCUS) is an elite law enforcement and intelligence training provider. We provide advanced training for law enforcement and intelligence professionals all over the world. Our training goes beyond the classroom, out into the real environments in which your organization works every day. We strive to provide customized training solutions in information gathering, investigation, analysis and management of sensitive operations. To learn more, visit www.newcenturyus.com. To learn more about the Virginia Economic Development Council, visit www.yesvirginia.org

CONTRACTING IN A CONTINGENCY ENVIRONMENT;

REQUEST ISOA MEMBER QUESTIONS:

ISOA has been invited to participate in a unique forum on November 1, hosted by OSD, and attended by other DoD-related associations, to discuss common problems and issues across many companies and geographic regions around the world. As your representatives of the Stability Operations industry, we are soliciting questions and concerns from you that you would like to ask senior DoD officials. Please send your questions and/or concerns to howielind@stabililty-operations.org.

CONTRACTING & PROCUREMENT

ASIS AWARDED DOD CONTRACT TO EVALUATE PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES (PSC.1) STANDARD

ASIS International has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to evaluate and either reaffirm, or revise, its Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations-Requirements with Guidance American National Standard (PSC.1).

Developed in 2012 by a technical committee comprised of more than 200 members from 24 countries, the standard provides a mechanism for Private Security Companies and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to the principles outlined in the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for Private Security Service Providers.

Read More: Market Wired Press Release

STATE DEPARTMENT RELEASES DRFP FOR DIPLOMATIC PLATFORM SUPPORT SERVICES (DPSS) IDIQ

DoS AQM released a Draft Solicitation on October 12, 2016 for the massive logistics and life-support services contract formerly known as DOSCAP. The program is now referred to as 'Diplomatic Platform Support Services,' or DPSS. The IDIQ will cover all Operations and Maintenance, Life Support, and Logistics Services requirements for the State Department's High Threat Posts, as well as for Low and Medium Threat Posts. Comments and Questions are due no later than November 11, 2016. An Industry Conference will be held on November 18, 2016 at 9:45 AM ET.

DoS AQM stated that it anticipated releasing the full RFP on or about November 18th. The total ceiling value of the IDIQ is expected to approach nearly $4 billion, with an estimated 6 to 10 awardees.

Read More: FedBizOps

GSA RELEASES PRE-SOLICITATION FOR OASIS SB CONTRACT VEHICLE OPEN SEASON

The General Services Administration has issued a pre-solicitation notice that aims to add 31 contractors to a pool of nine awardees under a professional services procurement contract vehicle.

A notice posted Monday on FedBizOpps says the move will re-open a previous procurement action for the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services Small Business contract vehicle that intends to provide professional services to federal agencies.

GSA opened the OASIS SB vehicle for business in June 2014 as a means for federal agencies to acquire professional services.

The notice said the open-season, on-ramp solicitation requires the awards to be based upon the same evaluation factors and sub-factors and the terms and conditions of resulting awards will be "materially identical" to the current version of the OASIS SB pool.

GSA also plans to hold a virtual Industry Day in November to provide webinar instructions to interested contractors.

Read More: GovCon Wire

SENATE CREATES GAP IN VENDOR PROTEST RIGHTS; IS IT JUST THE BEGINNING?

Government contractors are out of luck if they are unhappy with large dollar civilian agency task orders.

Industry's recourse to protest these requests for quotations (RFQs) on popular vehicles such as Alliant, EAGLE 2, OASIS, T4NG and many others are limited to those options that many say are ineffective or too costly.

Contractors can thank the Senate for putting them in this situation. And if the upper chamber's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 gets passed, bid protest authority of task orders worth more than $10 million may continue to go down the drain.

Read More: Federal News Radio

OFPP PROPOSES NEW OMB CIRCULAR TO IMPLEMENT CATEGORY MGMT FOR COMMON GOODS AND SERVICES PROCUREMENT

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has proposed to release a new circular that seeks to implement category management in an effort to facilitate the acquisition of common goods and services by federal agencies.

OFPP said in a Federal Register notice the new Office of Management and Budget circular seeks to create a government-wide approach to the procurement of common goods and services and define policies and strategies for the implementation of category management.

Read More: ExecutiveGov

INDUSTRY TRENDS AND EVENTS

SOSI SPONSORS ARMY TEN-MILER; HOSTS ADDITIONAL RACE IN IRAQ

SOS International LLC was one of eight major sponsors of the 2016 Army Ten-Miler and also hosted and organized another race at Camp Taji, Iraq, called the Taji 10-Miler.

Closer to home, SOSi CEO Julian Setian led the company's team of runners at the race held in Washington, D.C. He was also joined by veterans from The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that helps veterans adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.

Read More: WashingtonExec

UNITED STATES KURDISTAN BUSINESS COUNCIL ANNUAL BUSINESS MISSION

The USKBC is organizing its annual business mission to the Kurdistan region of Iraq. This delegation will be led by The Representative of the Kurdistan Region to the U.S., Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman. We expect top KRG officials and Peshmerga officers in Kurdistan to meet with us for this trip, as always.

We hope you will consider coming with us on this exciting trip. This visit will focus on all industry sectors in Iraq, but especially on energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and defense and security. There is no additional charge for participating in the delegation for USKBC members. There will be a reasonable participation fee for non-members. The tentative dates we are looking to for the delegation are December 11 - 17.

Read More: USKBIZ Council

U.S. TROOPS FACE NEW THREAT AS ISIS DEPLOYS FLYING IEDS

Drone warfare recently entered a new chapter in which America's adversaries can successfully deliver explosives via cheap, commercially available unmanned aircraft, challenging the U.S. military to go on the defensive.

 

An explosives-laden Islamic State drone killed two Kurdish peshmerga troops and wounded two French paratroopers early this month in the vicinity of Erbil, Iraq, Popular Science reported. It is believed to be the first time the militant group has inflicted such casualties.

Read More: Defense News

PENTAGON MAY HAVE BEEN DEFRAUDED BY FOREIGN COMPANIES IN AFGHANISTAN CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

The Pentagon contracted with foreign companies that installed uncertified and possibly unsafe doors at the Ministry of Interior in Kabul, Afghanistan, raising concerns that the U.S. government was defrauded by firms working on the multi-million dollar construction project.

The revelation came in a letter sent by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, to Defense Department leaders. The letter was later made public. It cited serious safety concerns about the installation of uncertified fire doors at the Afghan interior ministry and possibly other construction projects overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.

Read More: The Washington Free Beacon

CONTRACT AWARDS

GENERAL DYNAMICS AWARDED CONTRACT FOR UNITED STATES SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND WIDE MISSION SUPPORT

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded the SOCOM Wide Mission Support (SWMS) contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a maximum ceiling of $900 million over five years.

General Dynamics will support USSOCOM forces and staffs with technical and management functions across the globe. The company will provide engineering and technical services for major weapon systems, program technical assistance, support systems requirements and assist with production decision-making and program controls. Work under the contract will be carried out by ARMA Global, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Information Technology that supports the global missions of Special Operations Forces.

Read More: PR Newswire

SALIENT CRGT TO HELP PROTECT NATIONAL BORDERS UNDER $22.6M DHS CONTRACT

Salient CRGT has won a $22.6 million contract to support the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate.

Under the contract, the company will provide development, integration and evaluation support to the Science and Technology Directorate's Borders & Maritime Research, Integration and Transition Environments (BorderRITE).

Read More: Washington Technology

DEFENSE & NATIONAL SECURITY

PENTAGON JOINS HOMELAND, FBI IN EYEING OVERSIGHT, CONTROL OF ELECTIONS

Concerns about Russian hacking into the November 8 election have now reached the Pentagon where the military's top cyber official has outlined a plan to help the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to track an election altering attack.

What's more, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, has added his voice to that of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson who is considering whether the election system is critical infrastructure, like the power grid and financial sector, and subject to federal oversight.

Read More: The Washington Examiner

THE ARMY'S NEXT DRONE MAY FIT IN A SOLDIER'S POCKET

The U.S. Army may become the latest service to dabble in micro UAVs, with a plan to invite bids to supply a short-range micro (SRM) drone as early as 2018, said Col. Courtney Cote, the Army's project manager for unmanned aircraft systems.

Other services are already exploring the possibilities afforded by smaller, lower-cost drones, from autonomous tactical UAVs to swarming drones shot out of a fighter jet's flare dispensers. The Army itself has long flown variations of the hand-launched Raven, which essentially defined the service's small-UAV program in its early days, Cote said. More recently, the program has added the longer-range Puma, also by AeroVironment.

Read More: GovExec

GEOPOLITICAL NEWS

PENTAGON SAYS FIERCE IRAQI-TURKEY FEUD WON'T HINDER KEY ISLAMIC STATE BATTLE

An ugly public feud between two key U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State will not affect plans for recapturing a key city from the group.

Col. John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, played down the effect of this week's clash between the leaders of Iraq and Turkey, as the U.S. military prepares to assist an Iraqi assault on the city of Mosul, a major objective in defeating the Islamic State.

Read More: The Washington Post

BATTLE TO BANISH ISLAMIC STATE FROM MOSUL COULD BECOME A MESS

The battle plans to oust the Islamic State from the city of Mosul are in place, but an uneasy mix of forces fighting against the militants could delay the fight or ignite separate conflicts.

Preparations for the offensive have sped up in recent weeks, after officials in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government agreed on a detailed military plan to retake the northern city. But thornier issues are still being worked out, such as the role of Iraq's Shiite militias and the question of who will control the land after it is retaken.

Read More: The Washington Post

AFGHAN FORCES, THEIR NUMBERS DWINDLING SHARPLY, FACE A RESURGENT TALIBAN

Outgunned and surrounded by Taliban fighters in a chronic combat zone of southern Afghanistan, the police officers and soldiers thought they had negotiated passage to safety. They had walked into a trap.

In what appears to be one of the worst massacres of Afghan forces in a protracted and forgotten war, at least 100 were killed when the Taliban fighters opened fire on them from all directions as they tried to flee through the agreed-upon retreat route.

Read More: The New York Times

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