May 19, 2017 Updates

To remind everyone about the ISOA Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 1st, we are excited to have as our keynote speaker General John Campbell, US Army (retired). General Campbell most recently served as the Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan and the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission. Please see our announcement for the details for this event. You don't want to miss this special evening event. There is still time to sign up and also for your company to be a corporate sponsor. The benefits for sponsorship opportunities are listed in the announcement.

Here is a summary from the events that occurred this week:

- Wednesday, May 17: Defense Panel 809 testimony to Congress on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations. This was a riveting session by this four-member panel before the House Armed Services Committee. The panel was led by the Chair, Ms. Deidre (Dee) Lee, with the other commissioners being Dr. William LaPlante, Mr. Joseph Dyer, and Mr. Charlie Williams Jr. They all have sterling backgrounds in the defense acquisition community. The main points driven home by Ms. Lee and the other commissioners is that their recommendations to Congress will be bold, and the enactment by Congress of these changes will take guts and political will to make them happen. The panel said repeatedly that the myriad of rules and regulations in the defense acquisition system, each one apparently having good merit on their own, have mired the system down to almost a screeching halt. Massive change needs to happen in order for DoD to continue to succeed in their missions. The rapid pace of technological change has rendered our current acquisition system obsolete in the face of growing threats from adversaries around the world who do not have to contend with the mountain of bureaucratic rules and regulations that we do.

- Wednesday, May 17: A joint ISOA event was held with the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA), hosted by the Greenberg Traurig law office in Washington, DC. The ICoCA representatives, Molly Gray and Alan Donohue, provided a background of their association and described how they are organized. They answered questions from ISOA members regarding ICoCA's support for private security companies and non-governmental organizations. Please let me know if you would like to be put in touch with the ICoCA representatives.

- Thursday, May 18: Another joint ISOA event was held, this time with Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC. Following a buffet lunch hosted by Steptoe & Johnson, attorneys John O'Connor and Linda Bailey, provided a stimulating presentation on "Liability on the Battlefield" for U.S. contractors.

For those who want to sign up as a new corporate member, please do it now so you can enjoy the many benefits of belonging to this great organization. Please visit our website, stability-operations.org, to fill out the on-line membership application.

All the best.

Howard R. Lind
President and Executive Director, International Stability Operations Association

 


CONTRACT AWARDS:

STATE DEPARTMENT AWARDS AFRICAP IDIQ

The Department of State has awarded seven companies spots on the massive $1.5 billion AFRICAP IDIQ. An award notice was published to FedBizOps May 8, 2017. Awardees include four large businesses and three small businesses. The Large Business pool includes: Triple Canopy, (Constellis), Engility Corporation, AECOM-URS Federal Services, and PAE Government Services. The Small Business Pool includes: SkyBridge Tactical, Next Evolution Water Solutions, and Relyant.

Requirements under the AFRICAP IDIQ will include training, equipment procurement, logistical and technical support, and construction services to multiple African countries and regional organizations. Contractors will work under the oversight of the DOS Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Affairs (AF/RSA) and in close coordination with DOS organizational elements, and other Government agencies.

The Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs (AF/RSA) supports U.S. foreign policy goals in sub-Saharan Africa through a variety of programs and policies designed to bolster peace and security. In general, AF/RSA manages military assistance programs totaling approximately $200-$250 million per year. However, these funding levels can vary considerably from year-to-year depending on shifting needs and U.S. Government priorities.
Read More: FedBizOps

SAIC LANDS POTENTIAL $320M EPA ENTERPRISE IT SUPPORT TASK ORDER

Science Applications International Corp. has received a potential five-year, $320 million task order from the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center to provide information technology support services to the Environmental Protection Agency.SAIC said Thursday it will provide, evolve and manage communication and collaboration tools as well as end-user IT services, devices and applications across the EPA enterprise under the task order.The task order was awarded through GSA's Alliant contract vehicle and specifically covers support for desktop operating systems and app, laptops, mobile devices and workstations."We are excited to be selected to provide enterprise services for the EPA under this important task order," said Bob Genter, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's federal civilian customer group.Genter added the company's IT services work to help government customers minimize downtime and manage work environment for office and remote employees.SAIC will perform work under the task order at multiple EPA and company facilities nationwide.
Read More: GovCon Wire


INDUSTRY TRENDS

DHS TO INTRODUCE 8 NEW CYBER TECH AT DEMO DAY IN WASHINGTON; ROBERT GRIFFIN COMMENTS

The Department of Homeland Security 's science and technology directorate will demonstrate eight new cybersecurity technologies built under S&T's Transition to Practice program at a 'Demonstration Day' event in Washington, D.C. DHS said Thursday that researchers at federally funded laboratories and academic research centers developed the technologies which will be offered to clients in the commercial market. The TTP program picks potential cybersecurity technologies, from Energy and Defense Department laboratories, federally funded research and development centers, university affiliated research centers and universities, which will be developed with federal funding and incorporated into the transition-to-market program. The Demonstration Day event will showcase the 2017 batch of products to cybersecurity professionals, developers, integrators, investors and technology companies including those from the energy, financial and government sectors. Robert Griffin, acting DHS undersecretary for DHS Science & Technology said the 2017 TTP cohort includes a range of cybersecurity technologies designed to boost cyber defenses of networks in the public and private sectors. The eight new TTP technologies can be viewed be clicking the link below:
Read More: ExecutiveGov

PAE TESTS BEYOND-LINE-OF-SIGHT COMMS FUNCTION OF RESOLUTE EAGLE UAS

PAE has conducted a test of the Resolute Eagle unmanned aircraft system during a demonstration at the White Sands Missile Test Range to check the drone's beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications capability, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The company said Monday the test sought to verify Resolute Eagle's function to transmit large volumes of video and other sensor data over an extended range to BLOS targets and receive command-and-control data from a ground control station.
Read More: GovCon Wire

CBO ESTIMATES HOUSE BILL TO MODERNIZE GOV. TECH WILL COST $500 MILLION OVER 5 YEARS

The Congressional Budget Office issued a revised cost estimate of $500 million over a five-year period for the for the re-introduced Modernizing Government Technology Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas. The revised estimate is a mere fraction of the cost when the bill was first introduced last year. The bill passed in the House in 2016 but was stalled in the Senate. It received a $9 billion CBO cost estimate over five years, virtually ensuring its defeat. The bill would allow federal agencies to invest any money they had saved with IT into working capital funds, to fund future efforts to modernize their technology. They could access these funds for up to three years. The bill also calls for a centralized tech modernization fund and an eight member "Tech Modernization Board" whose purpose would be "to help improve information technology and cybersecurity systems across the government." "The Government Accountability Office has had a number of conversations with CBO on talking about modernization, and how GAO has seen modernization work in other instances, to help with CBO's understanding of how the bill actually saves the federal government money," Hurd said.
Read More: GovCon Wire


IRAQ

AS DEFEAT OF ISLAMIC STATE NEARS, AMERICANS AND IRAQIS START NEGOTIATING PRESENCE OF U.S. TROOPS

With U.S. and Iraqi officials talking of the imminent defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq, President Trump faces a challenge of reaching an agreement with Baghdad to keep U.S. forces in Iraq after the fighting ends. Negotiations between Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and U.S. officials in Baghdad on a new status of forces agreement began in earnest this month, senior U.S. officials said. The deal would outline the legal and diplomatic parameters underpinning a long-term U.S. military presence in the country, and avoid the power vacuum that critics say developed after American forces pulled out in December 2011. The issue is sensitive in Iraq, and Mr. al-Abadi this month insisted that there would be no "combat troops" in Iraq once the Islamic State is defeated, even though both sides said talks on the long-term role of the U.S. military in the country continue. An official who traveled to Baghdad with Defense Secretary James Mattis recently said "nothing has been finalized." There are an estimated 7,000 overall U.S. military personnel in Iraq, including several hundred Special Forces fighters advising the Iraqi army in the siege of Mosul. At the height of President George W. Bush's "surge" against insurgents before the rise of the Islamic State, there were some 170,000 American troops in Iraq. A new status of forces agreement got an endorsement from a key Iraqi Kurdish leader Tuesday. Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Regional Security Council and the son of Kurdish Regional Government head Masoud Barzani, said on a Washington visit that he and his father would back a deal allowing U.S. forces to remain in Iraqi Kurdistan after the fall of Mosul.
Read More: Washington Times


AFGHANISTAN

NATO IN AFGHANISTAN: CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD, SAYS ALLIANCE SHOULD MOVE QUICKLY TO DEPLOY FORCES

The top U.S. military officer says NATO should be prepared to move fast to deploy additional forces if President Trump and other heads of states agree to bolster the alliance's mission in Afghanistan, where government forces are locked in a stalemate with the Taliban. "What I asked my counterparts to do today is be prepared to act quickly," Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday after a meeting with NATO's military leaders. "If the political decision is to do more, let's do more as fast as we can." The decision is urgent because Afghanistan is entering the so-called fighting season, when snow melts and mountains become passable, allowing the Taliban to increase attacks. Any increase in forces would not change NATO's mission, which is limited to advising and providing other support to Afghanistan's military. The United States and its allies are not in a direct combat role. NATO has about 13,500 troops in Afghanistan, including about 9,000 American forces. The decision about troop levels in Afghanistan comes as NATO is considering a range of options that will broaden its mission to adjust to growing threats from terror organizations.
Read More: USA Today


REGULATION

PRESIDENT TRUMP TO NOMINATE CLAIRE GRADY AS DHS UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Claire Grady, director of defense procurement and acquisition policy at the Defense Department, as undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security. The White House reported Tuesday she provides advice to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics as well as the Defense Acquisition Board on matters related to the procurement of major weapon and automated information systems. In her current role, Grady also oversees DoD's contingency, domestic and international contract policy in areas such as competition, leasing, multiyear contracting, source selection, warranties and e-business. Grady previously held the roles of deputy assistant commander for acquisition, director of acquisition services and head of contracting activity at the U.S. Coast Guard. Grady served as the director of strategic initiatives within DHS' Office of the Chief Procurement Officer where she offered strategic direction to aid the agency's contracting and financial assistance programs. She started her professional career as an intern at the Department of the Navy and later she elevated to contracting and program management positions at the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Read More: ExecutiveGov

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