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March 29, 2017 Updates

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Howie Lind
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I know many companies are preparing to submit your ISOA Awards Nomination. As a reminder, here is the webpage with the instructions: Please submit it directly to me,, by Friday, April 7. Your award submission will be reviewed by an independent panel of three judges who each have extensive experience in stability operations. Your company name will not be known by the judges as they make their decisions.

Please call these Awards Committee members for any questions you may have, Michelle Quinn, 202-344-9030, and Kelley Deconciliis, 202-680-9888. And visit the ISOA website,, for all the information.

The leaders from ISOA have been asked to participate, along with other professional associations, in the DoD Industry Forum on April 28. This event is only for government leaders from the Pentagon and the State Department to meet with ISOA leaders and other leaders of professional associations in DC. We will be your representatives at this meeting. The principle topics will be that of government contracting in Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular, the tax issues in both countries. Please send to me,, your concerns and inputs that we can address at this meeting.

For those who haven't renewed your membership for 2017 or signed up as new members, please do it now, so you can enjoy the many benefits of being a member of 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



March 27 2017
US company chosen to help re-build Mosul's healthcare system as part of the global humanitarian effort in Iraq

Virginia-based Aspen Medical International (AMI) has been contracted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide healthcare professionals and hospital management at a 48-bed field hospital south of Mosul in northern Iraq. The field hospital was established by WHO at the urgent request of the Ministry of Health in Iraq. WHO is coordinating a number of organizations providing trauma care in the conflict zone.

AMI will initially be providing a team of over 80 personnel to the facility including emergency physicians, surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, midwives, neonatal specialists, obstetricians and paramedics. In addition to the clinical team, AMI will be providing management, logistics, security, administration and operations specialists to the field hospital. The AMI team will work alongside 48 national health personnel of different cadres already recruited to support trauma care at the hospital.

Glenn Keys, Chairman of Aspen Medical International, said, "ISIS completely destroyed the healthcare infrastructure and now the world has an opportunity to help the long-suffering civilians of Mosul. Working in partnership with other national and international organizations in the region, our collective challenge is to ensure access and availability of a high quality of medical care for those fleeing Western Mosul."

Dr Thomas Crabtree, Group Medical Director of AMI, said, "This won't be a job for the faint-hearted. We are honored to be a critical part of this international humanitarian response and we look forward to working closely with WHO and the Ninewa Directorate of Health in Iraq."

With the commencement of the offensive in Mosul, there is likely to be a significant increase in trauma casualties. Mosul is a city of about 1.2 million people and casualties have been high. Nearly half the casualties are civilians and this includes a high proportion of children.

AMI is no stranger to pulling together challenging healthcare projects at short notice around the world. The company was initially engaged to establish and manage four Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia on behalf of the US Government. Subsequently, Australian headquartered Aspen Medical also established and ran the Australian and New Zealand Governments' Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone. Aspen Medical continued to play a crucial role in Sierra Leone where it managed the Kerry Town Treatment Unit on behalf of the UK Government as well as providing support to the laboratory run by Public Health England.

Aspen Medical won the International Project Management Association gold medal in the Overseas Humanitarian Aid category for its Ebola Response work in West Africa.

Health professionals interested in roles at the AMI-managed field hospital in Mosul should visit the organization's global website at


Eamonn Quinn, Marketing and Communications Director

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A Vectrus subsidiary has received a potential one-year, $521.6 million contract modification to continue to provide security and base operations services in the U.S. Army's area of responsibility in Kuwait. Vectrus Systems will perform contract-related work through March 28, 2018, the Defense Department said Thursday. The Army Contracting Command will obligate $213.2 million from the service branch's operations and maintenance funds at the time of award. The modification came weeks after the U.S. government canceled the solicitation for the Kuwait Base Operations and Security Support Services 2.0 recompete contract that was re-opened by the Army for bids in November 2016.

Read More: GovCon Wire


Cruz Associates has won a potential 10-year, $140 million contract to provide aviation-related technical support services to the U.S. Special Operations Command 's technology applications contracting office. The Defense Department said Thursday the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract covers specialized support for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command, Systems Integration and Management Office and the Aviation Maintenance Support Office. SOCOM will obligate $4.3 million for an initial task order slated to be awarded in April and DoD noted the obligated amount will cover the contract's minimum guarantee value of $100,000. The command received two proposals for the contract via a small business set-aside competition. Work will occur at Fort Campbell in Kentucky and other duty locations.

Read More: GovCon Wire


ASRC Federal's field services unit has received a potential $100 million contract to support operations at the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and other ancillary support facilities located in Charleston, South Carolina. The company said Thursday the contract covers facility maintenance, student assistance and transportation services along with 24/7 site operations for simultaneous training activities that support 400 students and instructional staff at FLETC. DHS established the Charleston FLETC facility to provide law enforcement training programs and support services to multiple partner organizations that include the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Agriculture Department and U.S. courts.

Read More: GovCon Wire


The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Services published an Award notice to FedBizOps on March 20th for Protective Security Officer (PSO) services at federally owned and leased facilities throughout the Northern California region. The $105M contract award for these requirements was granted to Constellis. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is the largest provider of security and law enforcement services at U.S. federal government facilities. FPS plays a leading role in the protection of our nation's critical infrastructure, with lead responsibility for ensuring a safe and secure working environment for federal workers and visitors in approximately 9,000 federal facilities nationwide. Under the contract, Constellis will provide PSO services at over a dozen different counties in the Northern California region. The contract will run through March 2022 if all options are exercised.

Read More: FedBizOps



Chris Sorenson, former chief operating officer of Triple Canopy and a 29-year U.S. Army veteran, has been appointed as interim COO of global logistics and stability services contractor Janus Global Operations. He succeeds Alan Weakley, who left JGO after a three-year tenure, the company said Thursday. "Sorenson has deep international experience leading companies and commanding U.S. Forces, giving him an exceptional background to help lead our team and work with our commercial and governmental clients," said JGO President and CEO Matt Kaye. The retired Army colonel previously worked as chief of staff at Constellis Group and president of ACADEMI.

Sorenson held various leadership roles in the Army Special Operations Command as well as joint staff assignments at two combatant commands. He also served as a board member at National Strategic Protective Services and the National Defense Industry Association's Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict division.

Read More: GovCon Wire



Top Pentagon leaders are warning that the long war is going to get even longer. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told Senate leaders last Wednesday that even after ISIS is defeated in Syria and Iraq, US troops will be stationed in the region for at least a few years afterward. "I believe it's in our national interest that we keep Iraqi security forces in a position to keep our mutual enemies on their back foot," Mattis told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense. "I don't see any reason to pull out again and face the same lesson," he added, referencing the removal of all US forces from Iraq in 2011. Though the Pentagon has long downplayed the role of US ground troops in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, recent deployments of many more "boots on the ground" suggest they may be front-and-center in the coming months. In addition to roughly 500 US special operations forces, the military has sent conventional ground troops inside Syria, to include a contingent of Army Rangers, soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, and artillerymen from 1st Battalion, 4th Marines to provide fire support just 20-30 miles from Raqqa, the ISIS capital. "The Iraqi security forces will need that kind of support for years to come," Dunford told the Senate committee.

Read More: Business Insider



Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help battle the Taliban and the Islamic State extremist group, the country's top diplomat has said. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on March 21 welcomed a recent call by U.S. General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for a few thousand more troops from the United States or other coalition partners to help break the stalemate in the war-torn country. The Trump administration has not yet said if it will send more forces in response to Nicholson's comments. Some 8,400 U.S. troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan, performing counterterrorism operations against insurgents and training the Afghan National Army. The war is in its 16th year. Citing a deadly attack this month on a military hospital in Kabul, Rabbani said Afghanistan needed U.S. help in addressing "military shortfalls," through increased training, ground and air capabilities, and reconnaissance and intelligence support.

Read More: Radio Free Europe

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