Newt Gingrich to Kick Off the 12th Annual International Stability Operations Summit Oct 17-19, 2017

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This premier event for the stability operations industry is made possible by Keynote Sponsors DynCorp International and KBRwyle; Plenary Sponsors GardaWorld, MSA Security, New Century US, and Remote Medical International; Reception Sponsor Clements Worldwide; and Exhibitors Conflict Kinetics, Deltek, The O’Gara Group, Panthera Training, Potomac River Group, and Tier 1 Group Training.

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ISOA member companies work in fragile environments around the world in support of missions conducted by the United States and our allies. Every year, we come together with top leaders in the government, industry, and experts in the field to address our most pressing issues.

Newt Gingrich, Fox News contributor and senior policy advisor to one of the largest global law firms, will kick off the 12th Annual ISOA Summit with a keynote address on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Gingrich joins Ambassador Swanee Hunt, who will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, October 19, before moderating a panel of leaders serving on the front lines of stability operations. More than 30 thought leaders in international peacekeeping and stability operations, senior federal contracting and acquisition professionals, and top policymakers from Capitol Hill and the Trump Administration fill out the information-packed agenda. Check it out at

Federal contractors who work in, or are interested in working in, fragile environments around the world should attend this one-of-a-kind industry Summit. The event begins with a Welcome Reception on October 17, at the Clements Worldwide Rooftop, featuring U.S. Representative Peter King of New York. The general sessions will be held October 18-19, 2017, at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Presidential Candidate is an internationally recognized expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs. He served as a Member of the Defense Policy Board, was the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals; and taught officers from all five services as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University.

Speaker Gingrich was also a member of the Terrorism Task Force for the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, he co-chaired the Task Force on U.N. Reform, a bipartisan Congressional effort to reform the United Nations. In 1999, Gingrich was appointed to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, Hart/Rudman Commission, to examine our national security challenges as far out as 2025.

Headlining our dinner on Oct 18 is special guest, Mr. Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback-turned-national leadership speaker. Robert Hood, newly appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, will join us for insights into the new Administration’s policies. In addition, Gary Motsek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Support and Cathy Read, Director of the Office of Acquisition Management, US Department of State will discuss acquisition opportunities and trends. We also are pleased to announce that Keith Stalder, ret Marine Corp Lt. General who led Pacific forces, will share his insights on the stability of the Asia-Pacific region in light of the current North Korean provocations, and Kim Field, ret Army Brigadier General and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, will discuss the intertwining roles of Defense, Diplomacy and Development.

Sign up here – – by Monday, October 9, and avoid the $150 late registration fee.

We have a sponsorship and exhibitor spot remaining. Sign up before Oct 9 to be included in printed materials and receive the maximum advertising benefit for your company. Check here for more details: Our current roster of sponsors includes Keynote Sponsors DynCorp International and KBRwyle; Plenary Sponsors GardaWorld, MSA Security, New Century US, and Remote Medical International; Reception Sponsor Clements Worldwide; Exhibitors Conflict Kinetics, Deltek, The O’Gara Group, Panthera Training, Potomac River Group, and Tier 1 Group Training; and Networking Sponsors CHS Medical, Health Net Federal Services, and VxL Enterprises.

ISOA is the only association exclusively representing the stability sector – those companies and organizations whose work lays the foundation for long-term stability and growth in the world’s most unstable places – including logistics, security, transportation, administration, medical care, insurance, and food service. Our organization provides member services focused on contracting, partnerships, regulatory and legal developments, research initiatives, policy movement, and anything else our members deem important.

Confirmed speakers, with more to follow, include: Mr. William Bryan, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology; Ms. Mina Chang, CEO of Linking The World; Dr. Ronald Clark, former Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for National Protection Services; Mr. William Flavin, Assistant Director, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute; and Mr. Jamie Williamson, Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct Association

Issues we will address at the Summit include: IDIQ Contracting for DOD, DOS, DHS, and USAID; Defense Acquisition Reform; Challenges with Homeland Security; Changes In U.S. Policy In Afghanistan; Afghan and Iraqi Unfair Taxation on US Companies; Women In Stabilization Leadership Roles; The Status of International Development; Lessons from the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI); Human And Labor Trafficking; Operational Stress from Normal Stress to PTSD; New BD Techniques for Contracting and Procurement; The Role of Private Security Companies; Contingency Medical Operations; and Duty of Care.

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