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REPORT FROM AFGHANISTAN

FROM THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR PROCUREMENT

Operational Contract Support Summit highlights the unique responsibilities of contracting in contingency operations

At first glance, it may appear that my office in the D Ring of the Pentagon is far removed from the sacrifices our Soldiersand Civilians face every day in hostile environments around the globe, but I can assure you that the acquisition and procurement communities are activelyengaged in supporting our personnel and equipment against enemies who seek to harm us. In addition to our combat role, the Army must be prudent stewards of billions of American taxpayer dollars sourcing thousands of projects in expeditionary operations.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement and DoD's Executive Agent Focal Point for Contracting in Afghanistan, I oversee more than $8 billion annually in Army procurements supporting U.S. Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A). It is my mission to ensure that the Army supports USFOR-A with responsive, timely, and effective procurements executed by a professional and capable acquisition workforce.

In January, Ms. Heidi Shyu, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), and I carried the message about the important operational contract support ASAALT provides to those on the ground in Afghanistan. We traveled to theater to participate in a first-ever Operational Contract Support (OCS) Summit titled “Operational Contract Support: Oversight and Management," and to meet with senior leaders in defense procurement

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