December 5, 2016, Volume 12
Dear Professionals in the Stability Operations Industry,
Our most frequently asked question is "what will my company and I get out of joining/re-joining ISOA?" The short answer is "a lot!" The longer answer is to look at what we've done this past year, and more importantly, what we have planned for this coming year. ISOA's recent activity and our exciting plans for 2017 are what make joining ISOA so attractive.
These are the key ISOA events from this past year:
- "Implematch" that specifically combined stability operations businesses with key government officials and other companies in a face-to-face discussion format.
- Salon Dinners in which senior government contracting and acquisition officials dined in a setting conducive to detailed and frank talks with ISOA member companies.
- Happy Hours that enabled companies (both members and non-members) to meet and talk about partnering in a social atmosphere.
- The most recent ISOA Annual Summit in October. This was a very successful event, and we will carry that momentum into 2017.
The ISOA Holiday Reception will be held on Monday, December 12, from 5:30 to 8pm, at the Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill. The sponsors for this event are AMS, New Century US, and Matlock & Associates. Please sign up if you haven't already. We are expecting a large turnout. If you and your colleagues would like to attend, please contact Giannina Velez, the ISOA Event Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our plans for 2017 will include special briefings on the transition for the new Administration in January and March. And we are planning a springtime Awards Dinner to honor the leaders in the stability operations government and private sectors.
Now is the time to join/re-join ISOA. Our future is bright!
HUMAN RIGHTS & BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE NO. 133 DECEMBER 8, 2016
CLIENT-DRIVEN DEMAND FOR STANDARDS IN THE PRIVATE SECURITY SECTOR
Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Thursday, December 8.
Commercial sites the world over rely on private security companies to protect their people, property, and production. However, when private security comes into contact with communities, there can be a real risk of tensions, conflict escalation, and at worse, human rights abuses. It is therefore imperative that clients ensure that their private security personnel are properly vetted, well-trained, supervised, and most importantly, operate to international standards.
The Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights made progress in setting forth requirements for oil, gas, and mining companies to ensure that their private security providers meet these standards. Building upon this, the International Code of Conduct embodies a widely accepted set of principles for responsible security provision which have been operationalized in national and international management system standards.
This Roundtable will consider how clients can exert leverage through requiring specific standards of their private security providers, and whether those providers can in turn benefit from standards implementation and certification as a qualifier and market differentiator. The Roundtable will bring together perspectives from both the client and provider on how, collectively, standards in the private security sector can be raised.
Please note that attendance at the Roundtable is by invitation only.
If you are interested in joining the Roundtable, please contact Christina Murphy.
Read More: FFP
12TH ANNUAL AFGHAN-AMERICAN BUSINESS MATCHMAKING CONFERENCE SLATED FOR DECEMBER 13-15TH
The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is inviting interested parties to the 12th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference 2016 (BMC), slated to occur on December 13th to 15th. The BMC will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building & Int'l Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
Afghanistan has new commitments from the Brussels Donors Conference to support economic development and build critical governance capacity and investment and trade opportunities. The U.S. political transition promises a new look at private sector development and stronger U.S. - Afghan security cooperation and regional economic partnerships. The BMC 2016 is a critical forum for business, government, academia, Congress, advocacy organizations, non-profits and others who care deeply about the future of Afghanistan. To register or for more information, please visit http://www.a-acc.org/
ISOA CORPORATE MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT: REMOTE MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL
Remote Medical International (RMI) is proud to announce a new scholarship program designed to provide active military and veterans with the continued ability to help others through acquiring the skills to act as a Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT) or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT).
A global leader in the provision of remote and tactical medical training and support services, Remote Medical has trained and certified over 17,000 students from all branches of the US military, law enforcement, FBI, Border Patrol, and other government, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations.
Remote Medical International is long-time supporter of military members and veterans and recognizes that the skills and leadership traits instilled within military personnel are easily identified as contributing to the success of the company. This scholarship initiative was designed to improve the awardee's ability to save lives in their current role, ease their transition from a military to a civilian workforce, or enhance their employment opportunities in today's job market.
"The entire team, including myself, is eager to offer the Military Scholarship Program," said Wayne Wager, CEO of Remote Medical International. "We value our Remote Medical International team members that have served in the military and want to reach out and offer our courses to other military personnel. It's our way of saying 'thanks for your service' and providing an opportunity to gain valuable medical skills."
Applicants interested in being considered for the scholarship must complete the application process by Friday, December 16, 2016. For complete scholarship details and access to the application, please visit info.remotemedical.com/militaryscholarship. To learn more about the H-REMT or H-AEMT courses, please visit http://www.remotemedical.com
INDUSTRY TRENDS AND EVENTS
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS HOLIDAY SOIREE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
Please join over 200+ Federal Government Contractors for an evening of celebration and networking at The John F Kennedy Center on December 20, 2016 from 5.30-7.30p.m.
Registration & Info: https://govconholiday16.eventbrite.com
2016 HOLIDAY CHARITY BASH
The Holiday Charity Bash" powered by The American Small Business Coalition (or simply The Bash) is an event well worth your personal and professional time! Since 2009 The American Small Business Coalition and our sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, have joined forces to donate nearly $87,000 to support our active duty military, disabled veterans, fund education scholarships for veterans, spouses and dependents and provide for the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of America's heroes and their families. Click on the link below to register.
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U.S.-KURDISTAN BUSINESS COUNCIL MISSION TO KURDISTAN DEC. 12-17, 2016
The United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) is a 501(c) (6), non-profit trade association based in Washington, DC. The organization is dedicated to facilitating trade and commerce for U.S. companies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and to strengthen ties between the private sector in the U.S. and Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The USKBC was recently founded by several prominent U.S. companies across a variety of industry sectors. From energy to manufacturing, to agriculture, financial services and transportation, the USKBC believes promoting stronger ties between the U.S. and Kurdistan is important to the stability of Iraq and the region. The USKBC seeks to highlight the unique opportunities for companies to invest in Kurdistan and to make it easier for companies to secure their investments and be successful.
CHAMBERS UK AND LEGAL 500 UK RANK CROWELL & MORING IN LATEST GUIDES
Crowell & Moring is pleased to announce that its London-based international arbitration and insurance practices have been recognized in the most recent editions of the Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK.
The lawyers were selected for inclusion in the Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK, which are issued by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, respectively. Chambers and Partners rank lawyers and law firms around the world, covering 185 jurisdictions. Legal 500 evaluates the legal market in more than 90 countries.
Read More: Crowell & Moring
CONTRACTING & PROCUREMENT
PWC REPORTS 5 GLOBAL TRENDS THAT COULD DISRUPT DEFENSE AND SECURITY ENVIRONMENTS
A new report from PwC details five global trends the consulting firm forecasts as set to disrupt defense and security environments across the world.
PwC said the "Five Megatrends and their implications for Global Defense and Security" report analyzes the potential impacts from shifts in global economic power; demographic shifts; urbanization; the rise of technology; and climate change and resource scarcity
Read More: ExecutiveBiz
NORTHROP PASSES TWO MILESTONES FOR JOINT DARPA-ONR 'TERN' UAS PROGRAM
Northrop Grumman has passed two milestones for a joint program between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research that requires the company to develop an unmanned aerial system for multiple medium altitude, long endurance missions.
Northrop said the team oversees the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program has completed a critical design review in mid-October of the air vehicle's General Electric engine.
Read More: ExecutiveBiz
AIR FORCE PICKS 16 FIRMS FOR $11.4B FIELDED ACTIVE WEAPON TECH SERVICES IDIQ
The U.S. Air Force has awarded positions on a potential seven-year, $11.40 billion contract to 16 companies for support services to the Defense Department's fielded active weapon systems.
The Air Force Sustainment Center in Oklahoma received 25 offers for the Contract Field Teams indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract through a competitive procurement.
Read More: GovCon Wire
CACI LANDS $79M ARMY INTEL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING TASK ORDER
The U.S. Army has awarded CACI International a three-year, $79 million task order to provide intelligence systems engineering support for the military branch's intelligence and information warfare directorate.
CACI said it will work to mature technologies in order to fulfill the Army's intelligence and electronic warfare requirements in collaboration with academia.
Read More: ExecutiveBiz
DEFENSE & NATIONAL SECURITY
ISIS SAYS OHIO STATE ATTACKER WAS ITS SOLDIER; SCHOOL SEEKS UNITY AS CLASSES CONTINUE
The official news agency of the Islamic State labeled the Ohio State student who smashed his car into a crowd and then slashed at people with a butcher knife a "soldier" of the militant group, according to an organization that monitors extremists.
This posting does not necessarily mean that Abdul Razak Ali Artan acted at the behest of the terror group, which often claims responsibility for attacks in which it had no actual involvement, said Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group. Katz said that Amaq's claim suggested that Artan did not coordinate with the group, but that it had spent time looking at news reports to determine his motivation.
Read More: The Washington Post
NDAA ADDS MANPOWER, BUT NOT PROPOSED JETS AND SHIPS
US House and Senate conferees finalized a $618.7 billion defense policy bill that strips added jets and ships, but boosts military manpower above President Barack Obama's budget.
The measure would support ongoing operations overseas, split the chief weapons buyer's office, cap the National Security Council staff at 200 and raise US Cyber Command from the US Strategic Command to its own combatant command. The bill ditches plans to short war funding for several months and changed policy provisions likely to bait Democratic opposition and the president's veto.
Read More: Defense News
ALBRIGHT, HADLEY URGE U.S. TO WEIGH USING MORE FORCE IN SYRIA
The United States should prepare to use greater military power and covert action in Syria to help forge a political settlement to end the country's civil war, according to a bipartisan report.
Produced by a task force led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Democrat, and former U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, a Republican, the report amounts to a bipartisan rejection of President Barack Obama's decision to limit U.S. military engagement in the nearly six-year civil war.
Read More: Reuters
WATER CUT OFF TO 650,000 MOSUL RESIDENTS AFTER PIPELINE HIT
Water supplies to about 650,000 residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have been cut off after a pipeline was hit during fighting between the army and Islamic State militants, a local official said.
The news was a blow to authorities hoping that residents will stay in Mosul while U.S.-backed troops try to crush Islamic State in northern Iraq's largest city, which the militants seized in 2014. Authorities were sending some 70 tank water trucks a day to areas controlled by the army but this would not be enough to supply residents.
Read More: Reuters
ISIS'S SECOND-IN-COMMAND HID IN SYRIA FOR MONTHS. THE DAY HE STEPPED OUT, THE U.S. WAS WAITING
For a man given to fiery rhetoric and long-winded sermons, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani became oddly quiet during his last summer as the chief spokesman for the Islamic State.
But while key operational details of the Adnani strike remain secret, U.S. officials are speaking more openly about what they describe as an increasingly successful campaign to track and kill the Islamic State's senior commanders, including Adnani, the No. 2 leader and the biggest prize so far. At least six high-level Islamic State officials have died in U.S. airstrikes in the past four months, along with dozens of deputies and brigadiers, all but erasing entire branches of the group's leadership chart.
Read More: The Washington Post
SYRIAN TROOPS CAPTURE NORTHERN PARTS OF REBEL-HELD ALEPPO
The government's push, backed by thousands of Shiite militia fighters from Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, and under the cover of the Russian air force, has laid waste to Aleppo's eastern neighborhoods. Medical and food supplies have run short in recent weeks as Syrian warplanes pounded the besieged enclave, rendering all remaining functioning hospitals out of service.
Simultaneous advances by Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces set off a tide of displacement inside the divided city, with thousands of residents evacuating their premises to safety in government and Kurdish-controlled areas of the city. Rebel defenses swiftly collapsed as government forces pushed into the Hanano district, the first time they had pushed this far into eastern Aleppo since 2012.
Read More: The Associated Press
SYRIA SLAMMED FOR REPORTED USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Member states of the world's chemical weapons watchdog slammed Syria for using poison gas during its civil war and for repeatedly failing to fully explain the scope of its chemical weapons program.
A joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has concluded that Syrian government forces were behind three attacks involving chlorine gas and the Islamic State extremist group was responsible for one involving mustard gas. Syria denies using chemicals as weapons.
Read More: The Associated Press
AMID BATTLE FOR MOSUL, ISIL FORCING CIVILIANS 'SQUARELY IN HARM'S WAY,' UN RIGHTS WING WARN
As the Iraqi military intensifies its operations to wrest Mosul from terrorists, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned that it continues to receive reports of "serious breaches" of international human rights and humanitarian law by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) in and around the war-torn city.
ISIL has been installing rocket launchers and placing snipers on the rooftops of civilian homes, while also threatening to kill those who refuse to cooperate. These families are effectively used as human shields, placed squarely in harm's way, caught between ISIL and Iraqi Security Force fire responding to rocket and sniper attacks.
Read More: UN News Centre