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Letter from the President of ISOA

Tuesday, July 21, 2020  
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I SOA Member News | July 21, 2020
Dear Stability Operations Professional,

I hope you are well, and that you and your company have persevered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon the outbreak in mid-March, ISOA quickly pivoted to deliver virtual support to our member companies and to the broader stability operations industries. Over the past four months, we have hosted over 30 webinars on a wide-range of topics with an excellent line-up of guest speakers. 

Our signature event each year – the ISOA Annual Summit – will be held virtually this fall. Our Awards Dinner/Program that is normally held each June will also be held virtually and will be combined with the Summit. More information for both events is forthcoming. 

I want to highlight a few areas of particular interest to you and your company. One of the primary benefits you receive as a member of ISOA is advocacy to the U.S. Government, such as the Department of Defense and the State Department, as well as to Congress and other governmental entities. This advocacy can be in the form of ISOA creating a direct connection between your company and the government, or it can be indirect so that you can maintain anonymity. The relatively small amount of your annual membership fee pales in comparison to the potentially large savings to your company from this advocacy.    

Of consequence, ISOA worked very hard with the help of our member companies in Afghanistan to alleviate the egregious tax burden that the Government of Afghanistan was placing on U.S. companies. ISOA recently solicited and received the help of an Assistant Secretary of State to solve potential work-stoppage issues for U.S. companies in Iraq.

Very importantly, due to a large reorganization within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) a few years ago, we lost key relationships with senior officials in OSD who had worked tirelessly for years to assist all manner of contracting and acquisition issues for the contingency operations and service-provider companies – you! Through the determination of ISOA and our key member companies, we have re-established this relationship. Indeed, we now have a bi-weekly meeting with senior OSD officials to assist ISOA and our companies with seemingly intractable issues.  Attached is a recent example in which ISOA requested immediate action due to the closing of the CONUS Replacement Center (CRC) caused by the COVID pandemic. This issue should be resolved soon from the many high-level discussions between ISOA, our companies, and military leaders.       

Lastly, please inform me of any difficult government contracting issues that you may have so we can seek corrective actions with the proper department or agency.  

I wish you all the best.
Howard R. Lind
ISOA President and Executive Director
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