Dear Partners in the Stability Operations Industry,
I truly hope you each enjoyed your Christmas and New Year holiday season. Now we're back at it!
First, I would like to thank the following companies who have joined ISOA, and who have committed to join, since our Summit this past October. This demonstrates your desire to enhance your standing in the stability operations arena:
As you can see, the sizes of these companies vary greatly as does the type of industry in which these companies conduct their business. We are on a path of continued growth in 2017 and beyond. Please consider joining ISOA if you are not yet a member. You can visit our website, www.stability-operations.org, to see the many benefits of becoming a member, and to fill out the on-line membership application. To the existing ISOA members, I thank you for your continued support to this premiere stability operations organization.
Next, I would like to announce a special event that ISOA will be hosting in the near future. This event is entitled: The Changing of the Guard. Come to hear Congressional and Government leaders discuss what federal contractors can expect in 2017 and beyond. You won't want to miss this event to hear about the new way forward and what this may mean to you and your company. Details of this event will be sent out soon.
I look forward to working with you this year. Our future is bright!
Howard R. Lind
President, International Stability Operations Association
1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
ISOA CORPORATE MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
If your company has not been highlighted here as an ISOA Corporate Member in the Spotlight, please submit a one page document to me as soon as you can. Your input can be an announcement of a significant event, a marketing brochure, or anything you want to say about how well you are doing in the Stability Operations industry. Ensure to include your company's logo and point of contact information.
CACI TAPS LEIDOS FOR $202M COUNTER-IED ORGANIZATION INTELL, TRAINING SUBCONTRACT
Leidos has received a potential five-year, $202 million subcontract from CACI International (NYSE: CACI) for intelligence, analytical operations and training services in support of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. Leidos will support JIDO's global Focused Support/Decisive Effort that seeks to facilitate the Defense Department's measures against improvised explosive devices as well as support combatant commands in their counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, Leidos said Thursday. The task order has a base term of two years and three option years. The subcontract awarded to Leidos is under a potential five-year, $1.77 billion task order that CACI secured from the General Services Administration in October in support of JIDO.
Read More: GovCon Wire
PEO STRI RELEASES FINAL RFP FOR ENTERPRISE TRAINING SERVICES CONTRACT (ETSC)
The Department of the Army, Assistant Secretary of Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), Program Executive Office Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) released the final RFP for the massive Enterprise Training Services Contract (ETSC) on January 3, 2017. The new contact, long held by Raytheon, has a total ceiling value of $2.4 billion, with a 5-year period of performance. Requirements to be performed under the contract include a wide array of Training/Education and Advisory Assistance services, as well as Exercise Planning, Management and Support, and Training Systems Support services. Performance locations include both CONUS and OCONUS locations. Proposals are due February 2, 2017.
Read More: FedBizOps
CYBERCOM SETTING UP NEW ACQUISITION OFFICE FOR RAPID PROCUREMENT FUNDS
U.S. Cyber Command will soon be hiring an acquisition expert to handle the $75 million Congress afforded the command in last year's defense authorization act. CYBERCOM is looking for a command acquisition executive to field new systems and develop capabilities as quickly as possible, states a Nov. 14, 2016 report from the Defense Department. The 2016 defense authorization act gives CYBERCOM $75 million to rapidly deliver cyber operations particular equipment, capabilities and services. The money will also be used for the sustainment of cyber operations equipment. The command will continue to receive $75 million a year until 2021. CYBERCOM's acquisition power is especially salient now it will be elevated to a full combatant command thanks to the 2017 defense authorization bill.
Read More: Federal News Radio
BLACKWATER FOUNDER SAYS THE EU SHOULD PRIVATIZE BORDER CONTROL
Erik Prince, founder of Private Security Firm Blackwater says that the EU should privatize border control. Prince stated in an op-ed for the Financial Times that a "public-private partnership" between European governments and "professional providers" should be struck in order to deal with border security. He advocates for armed border policing units that would be staffed by locals (predominantly Libyans), who would be mentored by instructors with a "European law enforcement background" over a 10-week course. "There would be nowhere for migrant smugglers to hide: they can be detected, detained and handled using a mixture of air and ground operations," Prince wrote. "This type of security operation could be established quickly and efficiently, for less than the cost of the EU's current operations, through a public-private partnership."
Read More: Financial Times
CBO: DOD'S OPERATION & MAINTENANCE FUNDS UNDER BASE BUDGET ROSE BY $64B OVER 12 YEARS
A new Congressional Budget Office report says the Defense Department saw an estimated $64 billion growth in operation and maintenance funds within its base budget from 2000 through 2012. CBO also found that DoD allocated 40 percent or $200 billion of its base budget to O&M account in 2015. O&M funds also accounted for 80 percent of the $60 billion in appropriated overseas contingency operations budget in 2015, CBO added.
Read More: ExecutiveGov
DEFENSE & NATIONAL SECURITY
U.S.-LED COALITION DOUBLES NUMBER OF ADVISERS IN IRAQ TO 450
A U.S. military spokesman says the number of American and coalition advisers in Iraq has doubled in the past couple of weeks as Iraq pushes to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian says there are now about 450 coalition advisers in Iraq. Dorrian says an unspecified number of those advisers have been inside Mosul occasionally as part of the expanding effort to support Iraqi security forces as they fight dug-in militants. The advisers aren't involved in direct combat, but are meant to provide specialized support, such as analysis of intelligence. The Pentagon says there are 4,935 U.S. troops in Iraq, including trainers and other support forces.
Read More: Military Times
TRUMP PLANNING INTEL COMMUNITY SHAKE-UP, REPORT SAYS
President-elect Trump is making moves to shrink and re-arrange the intelligence community, according to a report Wednesday. Trump is working with advisers on a plan to curtail the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which is in charge of coordinating the 16-agency U.S. intelligence community, as well as make cutbacks at the CIA headquarters in Virginia and allocate more agents abroad, people familiar with the planning said. The report noted that Trump is working closely with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been chosen to serve as Trump's national security adviser, and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., Trump's pick for CIA director.
Read More: Washington Examiner
TRUMP EYES FORMER SENATOR DAN COATS AS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR
President-elect Donald Trump is set to nominate Dan Coats, a former senator from Indiana, as the next director of national intelligence, Reuters reported Thursday. The official announcement of Coats' nomination is anticipated this week. Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Coats has the experience and leadership skills "to understand what that role entails," the report said. Coats previously served as U.S. ambassador to Germany under former president George W. Bush. He practiced law in Fort Wayne, worked as a special counsel at law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, MacPherson and Hand and served in the U.S. Army. Current DNI James Clapper tendered his resignation in November, which will take effect when President Barack Obama's term ends Jan. 20.
Read More: ExecutiveGov
NEW IN 2017: DONALD TRUMP VS. SEQUESTRATION
Donald Trump has promised to do away with the federal spending caps known as sequestration, rollbacks that have hit the Defense Department particularly hard. Now he has to figure out how to make that happen. This will be an important story to watch in the year ahead, whether the next administration can work with Congress to find a solution to the much-reviled 2011 law that established the 10-year budget caps. The outcome will determine how much funding flexibility military leaders will have in years to come. In recent years, Congress has passed a pair of short-term compromises to boost both defense and non-defense spending. But a long-term solution has remained elusive. Military planners have said the caps severely hamper their ability to buy new equipment and prepare for future threats, and the five years remaining will further complicate their work.
Read More: Military Times
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