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Contingency Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan Demand Second Supplemental Funding Action

A recent Bloomberg article reports that the Department of Defense (DoD), in a recent letter to the White House, has delineated the additional funding requirements necessary to support wartime operations through the end of 2009. The DoD is making ready to submit these to Congress in the form of a second supplemental funding bill for FY2009.

The article reports that Pentagon officials are requesting an additional $83 billion in supplemental funding, which will include purchases supporting the following operations and maintenance needs:

  • Additional aircraft and vehicles including hummers, tractors, F-22's, AH-64's, CH-47 transport helicopters
  • Support services and equipment necessary for training and equipping the Afghan National Army
  • Re-set and re-supply of equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Introduction of an additional 17,000 personnel to the area
  • Construction projects to integrate those additional forces

Despite a very public commitment to overhauling the Pentagon acquisition machine during the election cycle including the use of supplementals, President Obama seems to support several of the specific programs funding is being asked against, such as the addition of personnel. According to a recent NPR article, this addition would be comprised of an injection of an additional 17,000 personnel for both combat and support resources (12,000 and 5,000 personnel, respectively).

News of this second supplemental for FY2009 is very heartening for industry, as this indicates the new President understands the need for continuing support of existing contracts and funding for a redoubled focus on Afghanistan operations. Companies providing related operations and maintenance support can continue to aid the customer without fearing that funding will hit bottom. GovWin is tracking the following opportunities that may be supported by this increase in funding due to their importance in contingency operation efforts:

AGENCY PROGRAM EST. RFP DATE
OPPORTUNITY
ID
ARMY Theater-Wide Internal Security Services (TWISS II )
02/2009
52735
ARMY Battlefield Operations Support System (BOSS)
02/2009
50878
ARMY Personal Services for Technical and Administrative Service for Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan District
02/2009
53313
ARMY Emergency Management Handling Program
03/2009
49859
ARMY Logistics Staff Support Personal Services to Support MNF-I in Iraq
03/2009
40713
ARMY Clearance Required Services in Iraq and Afghanistan
04/2009
53886
ARMY Provide Public Works Functions for Afghan National Army Installations Throughout the Nation of Afghanistan (O&M)(ANA)
04/2009
52769
ARMY Constant Hawk Capability
04/2009
50220
DEFENSE Distribution, Disposal and Warehousing Services within a United States International Security Assistance Force Facility in Afghanistan (US/ISAF)
04/2009
52810
ARMY Common Hardware Systems 4 (CHS-4)
04/2009
48066

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