Summit Sign-up; OSD Iraq Meeting; Sep. 21 BD Seminar; Dubai Event

Dear Contingency Ops Colleagues,

I hope your summer has gone well as we head into the Labor Day weekend. We have much to be thankful for as we enjoy the final weekends of the hot season.

Despite the past few months of downtime, ISOA has been in full swing as we gear up for the Annual Summit in October. The Early Bird discount for registration ends on Friday, September 8. Sign-up now to attend, be a sponsor, and to be an exhibitor. Please go to the Summit website,, to sign up as soon as you can.

Here are the details for the 12th Annual ISOA Summit, October 17-19, in Washington, DC.

  • Tuesday, October 17 - Opening Night Reception (5:30-8pm), Clements Worldwide, East Penthouse, 1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Wednesday & Thursday, October 18 & 19 - General Sessions, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Please consider being a sponsor and/or an exhibitor to receive superior marketing exposure for your company during the Summit. See the sponsor and exhibitor list here for the many benefits you will receive by partnering with ISOA for this signature event with the Stability Operations industry. Please contact me directly to be a sponsor and/or an exhibitor at the Summit.

This Summit will feature key speakers from Congress, Department of Defense, the State Department, other USG agencies, and many other leaders from our industry. Our lead-off speaker on Tuesday evening, Oct. 17, will be Congressman Peter King from New York. Representative King has been a leader in Congress on Homeland Security for many years.

Our guest speakers and panel discussions will include the following topics (and more):

  • IDIQs: LOGCAP V, DiPPS, CNGT, etc.
  • Defense Acquisition Reform.
  • Afghanistan: What will be the U.S. policy moving forward?
  • Afghan and Iraqi unfair taxation on US companies.
  • Contingency Medical Operations.
  • International Development.
  • Homeland Security.
  • Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI).
  • Human and Labor Trafficking.
  • Women in Stabilization Leadership Roles.
  • Operational Stress: How our body and mind are impacted when working in conflict states.
  • Attention Small Businesses: This Contracting and Procurement Seminar is for you!
  • The Role of Private Security Companies.
  • Duty of Care.

Our early Summit sponsors and exhibitors are:

  • MSA Security
  • KBRwyle
  • DynCorp International
  • GardaWorld
  • New Century US
  • Remote Medical International
  • Clements Worldwide
  • Deltek
  • The O'Gara Group
  • Potomac River Group

The Office of the Secretary of Defense will hold an Iraq Industry Day Panel discussion on Wednesday, September 6, from 8-10am, at the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Rosslyn, 1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209. Registration is required. As an ISOA member company, please contact me if you would like to attend.

Our next ISOA event will be a BD Contracting & Procurement seminar on September 21 in Washington, DC, presented by Guy Timberlake and Stephanie Zink. You are in for a real treat if you haven't attended one of their seminars before. Sign up now here.

As a sign of our growing influence and stature, ISOA is making plans to establish a presence in Dubai, UAE. As such, we intend to hold an industry event in Dubai in the early part of 2018 that will feature businesses who are working in the Middle East, North Africa, Central and Southern Asia, and Eastern Europe. We want to determine which of our member companies have an office in and around the UAE. Please let me know if your company has an office in or near the United Arab Emirates.

Sign-up now as a new ISOA corporate member, so you can enjoy the many benefits of belonging to this great organization. Please visit our website,, to fill out the on-line membership application.

All the best.

Howard R. Lind

President and Executive Director, International Stability Operations Association
1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006



Taking place on 6-7 September 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building & ITC in Washington D.C., the 9th annual Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit is expected to include 300+ humanitarian and development professionals, 70+ speakers and 25 exhibitors and partners during the 2-day event.

See the agenda and customise your experience around targeted content related to the six event themes: Procurement Strategy, Humanitarian Logistics, Field Operations, Aid Financing, Health Resilience, Health & WASH Innovations, Technology & Data Strategy, Effective Partnerships for Aid & Development Programmes.
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Hear Directly from the Industry's Leaders
Don't miss panel discussions focused on improving effectiveness, cost-efficiency and sustainability of aid operations and development programmes in the Americas and worldwide. These sessions are brought to you by government and UN agencies, NGOs, development banks, donors and leading solution providers in the humanitarian and development sector. 70+ speaker panel includes:

  • Christopher Smith, Director of Individual Assistance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), UnitedStates Department of Homeland Security
  • Amos Doornbos, Disaster Strategy & Systems Director, World Vision International
  • Dr Stephen Redd, Director for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Anna Spindler, Head of Supply Chain Management Logistics Service, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Alison Padget, Vice President, Programs, World Hope International
  • Dr Ciro Ugarte, Director, Health Emergencies, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Lourdes Tiglao, Strategic Partnerships Officer, Team Rubicon
  • Stephen Hellen, Director, ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
  • Dorothee Delort, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Payment Systems Development Group, World Bank Group

. . . and many others. View full list of speakers here

Discover Innovations & Opportunities in Aid and Development
Global Disaster Relief & Development Summit brings together regional as well as global expertise, including dynamic presentations, topic-specific discussions, themed roundtables, as well as a Disaster Response Simulation and Planet of the Apps.

Join the summit to discover latest trends, project updates and explore opportunities for collaboration with 300+ decision-makers from government agencies, United Nations, Red Cross, NGOs, donors and foundations, military, relief agencies and the private sector.

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SOS International LLC (SOSi) announced it was awarded a prime contract under the U.S. Army Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) program. The EAGLE program is designed to assist the U.S. Army with the procurement of services for field and sustainment maintenance, and retail/wholesale supply and transportation. It supports Army Prepositioned Stocks (APS), Installation Logistics Support (ILS), Theater Provided Equipment (TPE), Pre-deployment Training, New Equipment Training (NET) and Direct Theater Support. The total ceiling value for the contract is 10.1 billion with a period of performance expiring in 2022. "We are honored to be chosen to support the important EAGLE program and look forward to continuing to expand our international logistics, procurement and construction business in support of the US Army," said Julian Setian, president and CEO of SOSi. "SOSi has a long history of providing outstanding logistics services to the government."
Read More: Press Release


On August 18, the United States Navy awarded DynCorp International (DI) a contract for Naval Test Wing Pacific (NTWP) O-Level Maintenance. The award is for one base year with four option years, and is valued at $276 million if all options are exercised. Performance begins November 1, with transition beginning October 1. DI will provide organizational level aircraft maintenance and logistics support on aircraft, systems/subsystems, aircrew systems, SAR equipment, and Support Equipment (SE) for assigned aircraft (rotary, fixed, lighter-than-air, unmanned), aircraft on-site for project testing, transient aircraft, FMS aircraft, loaner aircraft, training aircraft, and leased aircraft. Work will be performed at NAVAIR Sea Test Range at Point Mugu, California and Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) at China Lake, California. "DI is excited to add Naval Test Wing Pacific to our portfolio," said Mark Mirelez, DI's Aviation Engineering Logistics & Sustainment (AELS) business unit lead. "This is the sister program to Naval Test Wing Atlantic, the program at Pax River, which DI has supported for the past 43 years. We look forward to supporting both programs."
Read More: Press Release



As the final push for fiscal 2017 contract obligations comes to an end, it's helpful to take a step back and assess the contracting environmental trends that have emerged over the past year. Each trend lends itself to further study, so here's a high-level look at the top 10.

1. Federal sector spending has bottomed out, with anticipated growth.

Following years of declining spending, it is beginning to appear like this decline has bottomed out, with a growth in federal spending on the horizon. While there is considerable talk, firm steps are in motion for increased contract spending, particularly in defense, with reduced civilian agency spending. Clearly, a reevaluation is occurring from the dramatic budget cuts proposed for many civilian agencies, while the Department of Defense will reap increases in the short term.

2. Incumbent "win" rates are down.

This is due to a variety of factors, but primarily because government customers are looking for financial savings and simply do not see the "best value," as compared to the past, in the long-term relationships and historical knowledge that have been traditionally offered by incumbent contractors.

3. More and more, government contractors are branching out ― away from government.

Some firms are successfully branching into alternative commercial or state or local government sectors, as opposed to focusing their business solely on federal government contracting. From a business standpoint, it makes sense that firms would attempt to diversify their portfolios when one significant part of their business is in decline, which the federal sector has experienced for more than five years.

Read More: Federal Times


The Defense Department has begun to review 716 regulations including 350 acquisition-related rules in compliance with a White House executive order in February that seeks to reduce regulatory burden on citizens and businesses through regulatory reform efforts, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Linda Nielson, deputy director at DoD's office of defense acquisition regulations system for the defense procurement and acquisition policy, said the department has initiated a multi-step process to assess the procurement rules. The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations personnel completed historical research on all procurement-related regulations within three weeks as part of the initial step, Nielson said Tuesday at the Section 809 Panel meeting in Virginia. "For all 350, we compiled the intended outcome of the regulations, what was the reason it was identified as an issue that required codifying," added Nielson. She said DoD also has collaborated with subject matter experts to assess whether a regulation offers benefits under the EO's terms as part of the process' second step, which she says is "ongoing." Nielson said the department expects changes to acquisition regulations to occur in 2019 and 2020 since the rulemaking process to alter or remove existing rules could take 18 to 24 months, the report added. As of July, OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs released a report saying agencies have withdrawn 469 proposed regulations compared to a fall 2016 report when Barack Obama was president. This includes 19 regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more. Another 391 regulations have been delayed for further evaluation and consideration.
Read More: Federal News Radio



The U.S. commander in Afghanistan said last Thursday that "additional capabilities" were already arriving in the military buildup announced earlier this week by President Donald Trump. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the NATO Resolute Support Mission, was careful not to say whether the new "capabilities" included more troops, but Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Nicholson's superior as head of U.S. Central Command, said Tuesday that additional troops could be on the ground within days or weeks. At a news conference in Kabul, Nicholson said "There will be additional capabilities, some of that is already arriving, but we are not going to talk about the specific numbers," the New York Times reported. Echoing what Trump said Monday in an address to the nation, Nicholson said "We are not going to telegraph to the enemy what it is we are going to do and how we are going to influence the battlefield." In forceful terms, Nicholson, who has been lobbying for more troops since February, said that Trump's pledge to send more resources and put pressure on Pakistan meant that the U.S. will stay in the 16-year-old war until the Taliban agrees to lay down its arms and the Islamic State offshoot known as ISIS-K is destroyed. The message to the Kabul government and the Afghan National Security Defense Forces was "We are with you in this fight and we will stay with you." Nicholson said.
Read More: Military.Com


President Trump said the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan was "not a blank check," but his decision to send more troops will add billions of dollars a year to the already-towering war costs, which have topped $1 trillion in Afghanistan alone over the past 16 years. Direct U.S. spending on the war in Afghanistan will rise to approximately $840.7 billion if the president's fiscal year 2018 budget is approved, according to Anthony Cordesman, a military strategy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That includes the total cost estimated by the Congressional Research Service for the 2001 to 2014 fiscal years, and money from the Defense Department's overseas contingency budgets for the fiscal years 2015 to 2018. The cost of the war also includes State Department spending and massive obligations for veterans' medical and disability costs.
Read More: Washington Post

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