Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DTN News - IRAQ UNREST: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Are on Red Alert against Islamic State (IS) Militants

DTN News - IRAQ UNREST: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Are on Red Alert against Islamic State (IS) Militants
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 16, 2014:  Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter are silhoutted against the sky on the front line in Khazer near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Erbil, Iraq, 16 September 2014. 



Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga forces retook Qarag town from the militant Islamic State organization, while the Kurdish forces have continued fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants, backed by US airstrikes and retaking a number of areas near the militant-held city of Mosul. 

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DTN News - UKRAINE NEWS: Ukraine-European Union Ratify A Landmark Political And Free Trade Deal Agreement

DTN News - UKRAINE NEWS: Ukraine-European Union Ratify A Landmark Political And Free Trade Deal Agreement
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 16, 2014: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shows a document about the ratification of a Ukraine-EU agreement after it was signed by him in the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 September 2014. 

The parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union were set 16 September to ratify a landmark political and free trade deal, but some lawmakers expressed displeasure over a delay in the agreement. 

The political and trade deal ratified by parliaments in Ukraine and the European Union were the first step towards membership in the bloc, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said. 

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), on Tuesday in Strasbourg. At the same time, the Agreement was also ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev. The deal will establish a deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Ukraine and provide for mutual free market access.

MEPs backed the agreement with 535 votes in favour, 127 against and 35 abstentions.

"Through this ratification, Ukraine's European choice will be institutionalized and will bind the futures of the EU and Ukraine together. Ukrainian society has paid the highest price for its European aspirations, grieving the deaths of numerous people, suffering territorial occupation by Russia and experiencing deteriorating economic conditions. With this ratification, the EU gives Ukraine the strongest sign of support, despite the regrettable proposal to delay implementation of the agreement" said rapporteur Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EPP, PL) before the vote.

He added that the agreement was "not a definitive goal of EU-Ukraine relations" and stressed that the common future of the EU and Ukraine must now be protected from Russian aggression by introducing "increasingly heavy sanctions until the cost for Russia will be too high to sustain its policy".

"This is an historic moment", said EP President Martin Schulz in his address to MPs in the Strasbourg and Kiev chambers via a video link. "The two parliaments freely determined to vote today at the same time on this agreement. This is free democracy, the opposite of directed democracy. The European Parliament has always defended the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and will continue to do so", he added.

Just before the Ukraine Parliament ratified the deal, President Poroshenko said "The Ukrainians have reversed the express-train going East, and I hope that also today's vote will confirm that. Our synchronised ratifications will be a feast, not just for Ukraine but also for Europe because without Ukraine there is no united Europe. I would like to thank Europe for the support it has given us in these difficult times. At the same time I would like to address our government - the EU only asks for one thing in return from us - the reforms. I urge you not to delay them in any way".

What does the deal involve?

The deal provides both for a political association and for free trade. The political provisions take Ukraine one step closer to the EU, by opening new channels for political dialogue and establishing ground rules for cooperation in areas such as energy, transport, and education. It requires Ukraine to implement reforms and respect democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law.

Among other rules, the deal provides for greater movement of workers, sets targets for establishing a visa-free travel regime and aligning the two sides’ regulatory systems by laying down detailed timetables for Ukraine to transpose parts of the EU acquis legislation into its national laws and put them into effect.

The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement part substantially integrates the EU and Ukraine markets, by dismantling import duties and banning other trade restrictions, albeit with specific limitations and transitional periods in “sensitive” areas, such as trade in agricultural products. It will also partially integrate public procurement markets.

When will it take effect?

As a result of today's votes both in the EU and Ukrainian Parliament, the deal will be applied provisionally but the date still needs to be confirmed by the Council. To take full legal effect, the deal has to be ratified by the 28 EU member states. So far, it has been ratified in six member states,, but several years may elapse before the process is completed in all member states.

It was planned to apply the trade rules from 1 November this year, but last Friday 12 September the EU, Ukraine and Russia agreed in talks to delay the provisional entry into effect of the trade rules until 31 December 2015.


The EU Commission says that it will continue to apply EU “autonomous trade preferences” to Ukraine, which in effect opens the EU market to Ukraine unilaterally. A decision to prolong these preferences later would need the backing of the European Parliament.


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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated September 16, 2014

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated September 16, 2014
Source: K. V. Seth - DTN News + U.S. DoD issued No. CR-178-14 September 16, 2014
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 16, 2014: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued September 16, 2014 are undermentioned;

AIR FORCE
United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $938,372,859 modification (P00048) to previously awarded FA8811-13-C-0003 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for fiscal 2015 EELV launch capability for the Delta IV and Atlas V families of launch vehicles. This contract provides for mission assurance, program management, systems engineering, integration of the space vehicle with the launch vehicle, launch site and range operations, and launch infrastructure maintenance and sustainment. Work will be performed at Littleton, Colorado; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 missile procurement funds in the amount of $231,831,252 are being obligated at the time of award. The Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Division, East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $6,983,002 modification (P00125) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2896 for a rotable parts pool for the F119 PW-100 engines. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,983,002 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Mississippi, has been awarded a $6,915,012 modification (P00019) to exercise the second option for the firm-fixed-price contract FA3010-13-C-0005 for full food services. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated when funds are made available. This is a multiple-years contract. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.
ARMY
Laboratory Corp. of America, Burlington, North Carolina, was awarded a $52,365,750 modification (P00012) to firm-fixed-price contract W81K04-12-D-0017 for laboratory testing services for all military members and dependents. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity.
Advanced Reconnaissance Corp.,* Fishkill, New York (W911QX-14-D-0007); Applied Research Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0008); A-T Solutions, Inc.,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0009); CyPhy Works, Inc., Danvers, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0010); EFW Inc., Ft. Worth, Texas (W911QX-14-D-0011); L-3 Communications Corp., Camden, New Jersey (W911QX-14-D-0012); NIITEK, Inc., Dulles, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0013); Primal Innovation,* LLC, Sanford, Florida (W911QX-14-D-0014); QinetiQ, Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0015); Robo-Team NA, Inc.,* Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0016); Advanced Technology Systems Co., Inc. (of Virginia), McLean, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0017); Applied Research Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0018); iRobot Corp.,* Bedford, Massachusetts (W911QX-14-D-0019); K2 Solutions, Inc.,* Southern Pines, North Carolina (W911QX-14-D-0020); Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies, L.C., Orem, Utah (W911QX-14-D-0021); QinetiQ, Inc., Centreville, Virginia (W911QX-14-D-0023); Robo-Team NA, Inc.,* Bethesda, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0024); Stolar Research Corp.,* Rio Rancho, New Mexico (W911QX-14-D-0026); Science and Engineering Services, LLC, Columbia, Maryland (W911QX-14-D-0025); and Pearson Engineering Ltd., Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain (W911QX-14-D-0022), were collectively awarded a ceiling $49,497,158 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, multi-year contract for the Army Research Lab/Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Culvert Denial Challenge program. The contract covers the initial task order challenge event, through possible future testing, development, and deployment. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 15, 2019. This award includes a minimum of guarantee of $3,400 that will be obligated on the first task order. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with 27 received. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Akima Construction Services, LLC,* Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $44,000,000 modification (P00003) to firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract W91ZLK-13-D-0026 for all plant, labor, material, equipment and transportation necessary to perform facilities maintenance, alterations, repair and minor construction work in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as various satellite off-post site locations. Funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Banneker Ventures, LLC,* Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded a $44,000,000 modification (P00003) to firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract W91ZLK-13-D-0027 for all plant, labor, material, equipment and transportation necessary to perform facilities maintenance, alterations, repair and minor construction work in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as various satellite off-post site locations. Funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Wycliffe Enterprises, Inc.,* Frederick, Maryland, was awarded a $44,000,000 modification (P00004) to firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract W91ZLK-13-D-0030 for all plant, labor, material, equipment and transportation necessary to perform facilities maintenance, alterations, repair and minor construction work in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as various satellite off-post site locations. Funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Bering Straits Technical Services, LLC,* Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, was awarded a $40,800,705 modification (P00002) to firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract W91ZLK-13-D-0028 for all plant, labor, material, equipment and transportation necessary to perform facilities maintenance, alterations, repair and minor construction work in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as various satellite off-post site locations. Funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Patriot Construction, LLC,* Dunkirk, Maryland, was awarded a $34,775,000 modification (P00002) to firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract W91ZLK-13-D-0029 for all plant, labor, material, equipment and transportation necessary to perform facilities maintenance, alterations, repair and minor construction work in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas of Aberdeen Proving Ground, as well as various satellite off-post site locations. Funding will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
James Talcott Construction Co,* Great Falls, Montana, was awarded a $20,253,013 firm-fixed-price contract for an additional C130 maintenance hangar/fuel cell, corrosion control, building for the Montana Air National Guard. Work will be performed in Great Falls, Montana, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with six received. Fiscal 2014 military construction funds in the amount of $20,253,013 are being obligated at the time of the award. National Guard Bureau - Montana, Helena, Montana, is the contracting activity (W9124V-14-C-0004).
Kokosing Construction Co., Inc., Fredericktown, Ohio, was awarded an $18,920,840 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of the damage to the Oswego Harbor breakwater by Hurricane Sandy, to include setting bedding stone, underlayer stone, armor stone, and dolosse structures. Work will be performed in Oswego, New York, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $18,920,840 are being obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo, New York, is the contracting activity (W912P4-14-C-0021).
CACI-ISS, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a $14,816,251 modification (P00014) to contract W81K04-13-F-0013, a follow-on requirement for medical logistics non-personal services in support of the Air Force Expeditionary/Contingency Medical Materiel Program performed at Department of Defense and Air Reserve/Guard installations within the continental United States and in the Pacific theater of operations. A small portion of these services supports Army prepositioned stock (APS) and unit deployment package requirements on Air Force installations. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $14,816,251 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. Work will be performed at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina; Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Hurlburt Field, Florida; McChord Air Force Base, Washington; March Air Force Base, California; Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Kelly Consolidated War Reserve Materiel Storage and Deployment Center, San Antonio, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Detrick, Maryland; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Travis Air Force Base, California; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Alpena, Michigan; Topeka Air National Guard, Kansas; Willow Grove, Pennsylvania; Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; and Charleston APS, South Carolina. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the contracting activity.
Sikorsky Aircraft Co., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,538,253 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 mechanical transmissions. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2016. Four bids were solicited, with two received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-D-0022).
Avon Protection Systems, Cadillac, Michigan, was awarded a $13,700,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multi-year contract for a sustainment contract for the M53 Joint Service General Purpose Mask. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 13, 2019. One bid was solicited, with one received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-D-0132).
Stanford University, Stanford, California, was awarded a $12,168,354 incrementally-funded cost contract for research and development for the "Brain Trauma Evidence-based Consortium." This contract is being awarded via the Naval Health Research Center broad agency announcement. Work will be performed in Stanford, California, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 14, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,391,240 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-C-0086).
S&K Electronics,* Ronan, Montana, was awarded a $7,347,881 firm-fixed-price, five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multi-year contract for the M3 Heater. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 18, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with four received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-D-0141).
NAVY
Alion Science and Technology Corp., Burr Ridge, Illinois, is being awarded a $41,758,729 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-4401) to increase the level of effort available to provide mission critical professional support services in support of the Surface Warfare Directorate. The contract provides necessary program management, engineering, logistics, technical support, planning and readiness support, fleet introduction training and financial management support services in support of ongoing maintenance and modernization efforts. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (56 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (23 percent); San Diego, California (6 percent); Pascagoula, Mississippi (6 percent); Bath, Maine (3 percent); Mayport, Florida (2 percent); Japan (2 percent); and other locations less than 1 percent (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $22,570,523 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
Walbridge Aldinger Co., Detroit, Michigan, is being awarded $9,982,290 for firm-fixed-price task order 0006 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40085-10-D-5331) for construction of an aerial target operation facility at Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck Annex. The work to be performed provides for the construction of a three-story facility with concrete masonry unit walls and structural steel framing on pile foundation with an operational control room for the third level; a stand-alone center-of gravity building with concrete masonry unit walls on pile foundation and structural steel framing with a range operations center; a launch site for eight aerial targets; a mass notification and fire protection system with fire booster pump; repairs to an existing aerial target launch pad; and connections to an existing septic tank sewer system to the base's main sewer system. The task order also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised, would increase cumulative task order value to $10,159,940. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by October 2016. Fiscal 2014 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $9,982,290 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $9,242,869 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price modification to previously issued delivery order 4010 against Basic Ordering Agreement N00019-14-G-0004. This order provides for non-recurring efforts in support of the cabin interior and the environmental control system redesign of the VH-3D aircraft, including VIP seats, cabin interior kit, and special tooling. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in August 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,242,869 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
RQ Construction, LLC, Carlsbad, California, is being awarded $6,681,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0016 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-10-D-5409) for renovation of Sterile Processing Department Building 1 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. This extensive renovation constitutes a complete reconfiguration of the existing sterilization processing department including the receiving/decontamination, pre-sterile, sterile, offices, and support functions. The task order also contains one planned modification, which if exercised, would increase cumulative task order value to $6,998,100. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Fiscal 2014 operation and maintenance (Defense Health Program) contract funds in the amount of $6,681,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a minimum $13,983,000 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft mission computers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a four-year base contract, with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a July 31, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THB1).
Federal Prison Industries, Inc., doing business as UNICOR, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $13,533,000 modification (P00102) on a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-12-D-P512), with two one-year option periods. This is a firm-fixed-price contract for Army physical fitness uniform jackets. Locations of performance are Washington, District of Columbia, and Virginia, with a Sept. 19, 2015, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated September 15, 2014

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated September 15, 2014
SourceK. V. Seth - DTN News + U.S. DoD issued No. CR-177-14 September 15, 2014
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 15, 2014: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued September 15, 2014 are undermentioned;

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Science Application International Corporation, Fairfield, New Jersey, has been awarded a maximum $423,800,000 firm-fixed-price, prime vendor, bridge contract for maintenance, repair, and operations. This is a two-year base contract, with two 18-month option periods. Location of performance is New Jersey, with a Sept. 14, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. This contract was a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8E3-14-D-0001).
Ocenco Incorporated,* Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, has been awarded a maximum $45,332,200 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for self-contained breathing apparatus. This is a one-year base contract, with four one-year option periods. Location of performance is Wisconsin, with a September 2016 performance completion date. Using military services are Navy and Coast Guard. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (SPRMM1-14-D-Y001).
CAE Healthcare Inc., Sarasota, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $28,500,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for medical simulation products and accessories. This is a five-year base contract, with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a Sept. 14, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. This contract was a competitive acquisition and 59 offers were received. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DH-14-D-0010).
Virginia Electric and Power Company, doing business as Dominion Virginia Power, Richmond, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $17,687,041 modification (P00072) on a 50-year base contract (SP0600-06-C-8251). This is a fixed-price, with prospective-price re-determination contract for ownership, operation and maintenance of the electrical distribution system at Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia. Location of performance is Virginia, with an Aug. 15, 2057, performance completion date. Using service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum $293,197,885 modification (P0004) on a five-year base contract (SPRPA1-14-D-002U), with one five-year option period. This is a fixed-price-incentive, requirements-type contract for performance-based support used across supported platforms. Location of performance is Missouri, with a Sept. 14, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ARMY
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $203,569,092 modification (P00179) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to procure 18 Green UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, and 18 foreign military sales Green government furnished property to contractor furnished property, to support the Mexican Air Force. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $203,569,092 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is May 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Leidos Inc, Reston, Virginia, was awarded an $150,097,661 modification (P00014) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0134 to support the Saturn Arch effort and provide continued operations, sustainment, and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $39,856,633 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Sept. 16, 2015. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia; Arlington, Virginia; McLean, Virginia; Beavercreek, Ohio; California, Maryland; Hanahan, South Carolina; Afghanistan; and Djibouti, Africa. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $130,000,000 modification (P00013) to fixed-price incentive, full rate production contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055; the cumulative total of the contract, before this modification, was $1,156,446,681. This is an undefinitized contract action to build seven new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $19,200,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Hellfire Systems LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $68,721,521 modification (P00104) to firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-11-C-0242 to acquire 1,361 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers and air-to ground missiles: model AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, TGM M36E7, and ATM-114Q-6. The countries involved in this foreign military sales contract are Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Fiscal 2012, fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $68,721,521 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Nov. 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics-Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Williston, Vermont, was awarded a $57,952,312 firm-fixed-price contract, with options, for the fiscal 14 through fiscal 18 Hydra-70 Rocket System, including rockets, warheads, motors and containers. Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (71 percent), and Camden, Arkansas (29 percent), with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $57,952,312 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-14-C-0154).
Argo Systems LLC,* Hanover, Maryland, was awarded a $49,000,000 contract for design-build and design-bid-build construction projects at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as well as the surrounding area; it can also be used throughout the United States. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 15, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with eight received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W912DR-14-D-0018).
Argo Systems LLC,* Hanover, Maryland, was awarded $49,000,000 for a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single award task order contract for design-build and design-bid-build construction in support of projects located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor; it can also be used in other areas of the United States. Work and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 14, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with six received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W912DR-14-D-0019).
The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $27,700,422 modification (0308) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W58RGZ-04-G-0023 for development, fabrication, testing and bench qualifying a modified electrical system that can be integrated into a twin engine, tandem rotor, which will result in an improved electrical system for the CH-47 aircraft. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $27,700,422 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2017. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Huffman Construction LLC,* Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was awarded a $25,414,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Grand Prairie Pumping Station superstructure and installation of equipment and installation of discharge pipe station equipment on the White River. Work will be performed in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 29, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet; two proposals were received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $25,414,000 are being obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis, Tennessee, is the contracting activity (W912EQ-14-C-0028).
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $24,741,566 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0135 for support of the Desert Owl program and to provide continued operations, sustainment, and integration of aircraft platforms configured to host a suite of sensors deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is a hybrid contract, with both fixed-price and cost-reimbursement line items. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $12,123,367 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in California, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 16, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
EDC Consulting, McLean, Virginia, was awarded an $11,686,665 modification (P00007) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W15QKN-13-C-0084 to extend the current requirement for the Integrated Personnel and Pay System, from increment one through completion. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,398,166 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of March 14, 2016. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
Luhr Bros. Inc., Columbia, Illinois was awarded an $8,039,000 firm-fixed-price contract for furnishing all plant, labor and materials for constructing Fair Landing Bendway Weirs 1-6, as well as all incidental-related work. Work will be performed in Fair Landing, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of April 9, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with two received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,039,000 are being obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis, Tennessee, is the contracting activity (W912EQ-14-C-0024).
NAVY
Truston Technologies Inc.,* Lafayette, Louisiana (N39430-14-D-1497); Sound & Sea Technology Inc.,* Lynnwood, Washington (N39430-14-D-1498); GPA Technologies Inc.,* Ventura, California (N39430-14-D-1499); PCCI Inc.,* Alexandria, Virginia (N39430-14-D-1500); and MAR Range Services LLC,* Rockville, Maryland (N39430-14-D-1501), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for worldwide ocean services. The maximum dollar value including the base period and three option periods for all five contracts combined is $99,000,000. The work to be performed provides for ocean engineering services in support of projects involving ocean cable systems, ocean work systems (such as shipboard load handling systems and undersea work systems), waterfront facilities, offshore structures, moorings, and ocean construction equipment. The work will be performed in environments ranging from arctic to tropic, and at all water depths where construction, installation, maintenance, inspection, repair, and salvage operations may be needed. No task orders are being issued at this time. All work on this contract will be performed worldwide. The term of the contract is not to exceed 42 months, with an expected completion date of March 2018. Fiscal 2014 Navy working capital fund contract funds in the amount of $50,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals received. These five contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity.
Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,667,238 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6283) for continued support of the Integrated Shipboard/Shore-Based Maintenance Decision Tool. The contractor will continue to develop and integrate required software applications, hardware components, and overall system-level functionality to achieve manpower reduction aboard submarines and ships of the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 2015. Fiscal 2010 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $1,500,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, is being awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price value of $9,700,000 under a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-5316) for the fiscal 2014 MK 110 Mod 0 gun mount including associated spares. The MK 110 Mod 0 gun mount consists of a 57mm gun, ammunition hoists, power distribution panels, muzzle velocity radar, barrel-mounted television camera and a ruggedized laptop computer gun control panel. The MK 110 Mod 0 gun mount is required to defeat medium and short-range surface targets, and provide warning and disabling fire in support of anti-surface warfare. The weapon system will be installed on U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter WMSL 755 upon completion. Work will be performed in Karlskoga, Sweden (75 percent), and Louisville, Kentucky (25 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2016. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,850,002 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-12-C-5316).
3 Phoenix Inc.,* Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,997,455 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6264) for continuing engineering services to support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products, and hardware and software integration required to provide improved technology for U.S. Navy open architecture and Network Centric Operations and Warfare systems in support of USS Virginia-class submarines and other submarine and surface ship systems. 3 Phoenix Inc. shall continue to build upon the previous efforts made under the follow-on Phase III of Small Business Innovative Research, Topic number N04-138 – Real-time Data Fusion and Visualization Interface for Environmental Research Data. These services will be rendered, as needed, to support the Navy’s initiative to maintain the pace of performance improvement through judicious use of lower power electronics, advanced algorithm design, and innovative applications of open software and hardware. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $750,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
AIR FORCE
Alion Science and Technology Corp., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $45,431,567 modification (0073) to previously awarded FA4600-06-D-0003 cost-plus fixed fee, sole-source contract for integrating new materials into current PMA 290 systems and introducing new manufacturing processes for future systems. Work will be performed at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 29, 2016. Fiscal 2014 Navy aircraft procurement and 2014 fiscal operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,356,561 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Work Services Corporation, Wichita Falls, Texas, has been awarded a $16,074,191 modification (P00011) to previously awarded FA3020-13-C-0017 sole-source contract for full food service operations. Contractor will provide all personnel, supervision, and any items and services necessary to perform full food service operations. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, with an expected completion date of Sept. 23, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $16,074,191 are being obligated at the time of award. The 82nd Contracting Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $9,525,881 modification (P00051) to previously awarded FA8223-11-C-0001 firm-fixed-price contract for C-130 aircrew training systems courseware update to convert, produce, validate and distribute all formal training unit courseware from C-130H1 to C-130H2 configuration while maintaining student throughput. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,525,881 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Chromalloy Component Services Inc., San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded an $8,149,470 task order modification (0005) to previously awarded FA8122-13-D-0006 firm-fixed-price contract for acquisition remanufacturing services to upgrade and implement Module 13/15 for F-108 engines in support of KC-135 aircraft. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by April 15, 2015. Fiscal 2014 consolidated sustainment activity group-supply division funds in the amount of $8,149,470 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.
U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
Lynden Air Cargo LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded an estimated $7,001,337 first option year modification (P00003) to a previously awarded contract (HTC711-14-D-CC01) under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price with economic price adjustment. Contract is for moving up to 40,000 pounds of cargo from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to Eareckson Air Force Station (Shemya Island) and other various satellite locations throughout the state of Alaska. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $13,774,525 from $6,773,188. Work will be performed in Alaska (90 percent), and other locations inside and outside of the United States (10 percent), with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 transportation working capital funds which will be obligated on quarterly task orders. The U.S. Transportation Command Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Egyptian Mediated Ceasefire Being Observed Between Israel and Hamas-Led Gaza Militants

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT:  Egyptian Mediated Ceasefire Being Observed Between Israel and Hamas-Led Gaza Militants
*Israel, Palestinians Agree on Long-Term Gaza Ceasefire
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 14, 2014Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday agreed on a long-term Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to end the devastating 50-day war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has killed over 2,200 people. 

"An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour for implementation," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.
Zuhri said Egypt was expected to make an official announcement on the deal.

Cairo's initiative, Palestinians officials said, called for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the enclave's fishing zone in the Mediterranean, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Under a second stage that would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians would discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and an Israeli release of Hamas prisoners in the West Bank, the officials said.

A senior Palestinian official also confirmed that the Palestinians have reached an agreement with Israel on a "permanent" truce in Gaza.

There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end the deadly conflict in and around the enclave.

The Palestinian official gave no time for when a ceasefire would take effect but said President Mahmud Abbas would give further details in a speech from his West Bank headquarters at 1600 GMT (2130 IST). "The contacts that have been going on have led to a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza's demands and needs will be met," the official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Islamist Hamas movement, de facto ruler of Gaza and party to the Abbas-led efforts to agree a truce, also said a deal had been struck with Israel. "The negotiations ended with an agreement which embodies the resistance of our people and a victory for the resistance," its exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk wrote on his Facebook page.

The Palestinian official said the truce deal had been finalised after 48 hours of intensive shuttle diplomacy by Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation to the protracted, on-off truce talks in Cairo. "Over the past 48 hours, he has been shuttling between the leadership of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all the factions, and Egyptian leaders, travelling between Ramallah, Gaza, Doha and overseas," the official said.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

DTN News - ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA (ISIS): Arab Allies Pledge To Help U.S. Fight Islamic State #2 (Images)

DTN News - ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA (ISIS): Arab Allies Pledge To Help U.S. Fight Islamic State #2 (Images)
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 13, 2014: A day after President Barack Obama outlined a strategy to combat Islamic State militants, Washington's international allies didn't make clear how far they would go to join military operations even as they pledged their support.






Mr. Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the extremist group which has grabbed territory across Iraq and Syria and harbors ambitions for more. After a day of consulting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia, most of Iraq's neighbors signed onto a statement of support.

In the communiqué, leading Arab states committed to working with the U.S. to cut off the flow of foreign fighters and funds into the Islamic State,


Turkey—which has opposed allowing the U.S. to use bases on its territory for airstrikes against Islamic State—didn't sign the communiqué. Nearly 50 Turkish diplomats are being held by militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which Islamic State captured in June.

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DTN News - ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA (ISIS): Arab Allies Pledge To Help U.S. Fight Islamic State

DTN News - ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA (ISIS): Arab Allies Pledge To Help U.S. Fight Islamic State
*Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS
*Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL
*Extent of Cooperation in Military Operations Still Unclear
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 13, 2014A day after President Barack Obama outlined a strategy to combat Islamic State militants, Washington's international allies didn't make clear how far they would go to join military operations even as they pledged their support.

Mr. Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the extremist group which has grabbed territory across Iraq and Syria and harbors ambitions for more. After a day of consulting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia, most of Iraq's neighbors signed onto a statement of support.

In the communiqué, leading Arab states committed to working with the U.S. to cut off the flow of foreign fighters and funds into the Islamic State,

Turkey—which has opposed allowing the U.S. to use bases on its territory for airstrikes against Islamic State—didn't sign the communiqué. Nearly 50 Turkish diplomats are being held by militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which Islamic State captured in June.

In Europe, Germany said it wouldn't take part in airstrikes, while the U.K. said it wasn't ruling out participation. Several dozen European and other countries agreed during this month's North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Wales to support the campaign, but as of Thursday, many were still weighing the specific nature of their involvement.

At the core of the emerging alliance, said U.S. and Arab officials, is an agreement with the Saudi government for it to host a training facility for thousands of Syrian rebel fighters who are combating both the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Administration officials said Wednesday the deal was in place, but said late Thursday talks were still ongoing.

American air attacks alone won't be enough to stop ISIS according to Daniel Serwer of John Hopkins University. He joins the News Hub to discuss. Photo: Islamic State

Among other uncertainties, U.S. and Arab officials said discussions about Mideast governments providing basing and overflight rights to American warplanes are ongoing. Also unclear is whether any of the leading Arab states would join in U.S. airstrikes against militants in Iraq and Syria. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates joined in the 2011 air campaign in Libya that helped overthrow strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

Adding urgency to the effort, the Central Intelligence Agency in a new estimate Thursday said the size of the militant group at least doubled over the summer. Islamic State "can muster" between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, said agency spokesman Todd Ebitz, citing a new review of intelligence reports from May through August.

In the agreement reached in Saudi Arabia, countries said they would participate in military efforts "as appropriate," which U.S. officials defended, saying it was reasonable to allow countries to decide on the extent of their participation.

"It was important; we made progress; the coalition is growing and now it has a clarity of purpose with the region, which is essential to our possibilities of success," Mr. Kerry told reporters in Jeddah.

In the cases of Turkey, European and Middle Eastern allies, U.S. officials said there was time to allow for "a deliberate, prudent process."

"'What role can you play? What are we all going to do together?'" State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, describing the nature of the discussions. "That process will be ongoing."

The U.S. military began a laborious process of gearing up for military training operations following new instructions Wednesday from Mr. Obama, preparing for expanded airstrikes in Iraq and the start of a first-ever air campaign in Syria. Officials said some components of the plan could take several months to come together.

Part of the military training operations will depend on congressional action to approve a $500 million funding request from the Obama administration. The request faced procedural and political obstacles on Thursday.

Overall, the process reflected the difficulty of forming a new international coalition to confront a growing regional threat.

In the communiqué signed by Arabic countries, officials pledged to curb the promotion of the Islamic State's radical Islamist ideology through their religious centers, media outlets and social media sites.

"There is no limit to what the kingdom can provide in this regard," Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said following the meeting with Mr. Kerry in Jeddah. "The kingdom is determined to face and overcome this scourge."

Mr. Kerry said he would continue his efforts to enlist Mideast support for the U.S. campaign during stops in Turkey, Egypt and France in the coming days.

U.S. officials also said the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month will be a key venue to promote Washington's operations against Islamic State.

Russian and Syrian officials on Thursday indicated they would challenge Washington's strategy.

Russian officials said the Obama administration would need to get a U.N. Security Council resolution to launch military strikes inside Syria against the Islamic State. Syrian officials said they supported military operations against the terrorist organization but only if they are coordinated with Mr. Assad and his military leaders.

"There should be no mistakes," Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, told NBC News on Thursday. "Betting on other forces is a very big mistake."

Mr. Kerry at a news conference brushed off the Kremlin's suggestion that U.S. military action in Syria would violate international law.

"I'm really rather surprised that Russia would dare to assert any notion of international law, after what has happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine," he said.

For many Arabic governments, a request to commit forces is considered likely to be met with deep reservations, said Alaa Batayneh, a member of Jordan's Senate who served as the country's energy minister until last year.

"Having boots on the ground is a red flag for many countries, and Jordan is one of them," Mr. Batayneh said.

For Saudi Arabia, in particular, the stakes are high in the campaign against Islamic State, which has vowed carry its fight to the kingdom's monarchy. But as one of the leading Sunni Muslim states, Saudi Arabia is hesitant to commit its troops to a war against fellow Sunni Muslims, however extreme they might be, for fear it would generate a domestic backlash.

"The Saudis need to respond and fight. The knife is on their necks, and they can't rely on the U.S. fighting the fight for them anymore," said a Lebanese security official familiar with the discussions over Arab troop deployments.

The Lebanese army has been fighting Islamic State since the militants streamed across the border last month.

While Saudi Arabia has funded and armed Syrian rebels, the training operation would be a new step in its commitment to bring down Mr. Assad's regime, said Jamal Khashoggi, an analyst close to the government.

"When you open training camps for groups that fight another government, that's a declaration of war" with potentially deep repercussions, Mr. Khashoggi said.

—Carol E. Lee, Ahmed Al Omran, Mohammed Alakraa and Jeffrey Sparshott contributed to this article.

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