Exclusive: U.S. helped clinch Iraq oil deal to keep Mosul battle on track
October 04, 2016
...The oil revenue-sharing deal sealed in August was critical to getting the central and regional governments to coordinate planning for a push on the Islamic State stronghold Mosul, which Kurdish peshmerga forces surround on three sides … now looks set to push into Mosul by the end of October, which looked improbable just a few months ago. Kurdish leader Barzani visited Baghdad last week for the first time in more than three years, a sign of improving relations. …
U.S. MILITARY IS BUILDING A $100 MILLION DRONE BASE IN AFRICA
August 29, 2016
FROM HIGH ABOVE, Agadez almost blends into the cocoa-colored wasteland that surrounds it. Only when you descend farther can you make out a city that curves around an airfield before fading into the desert. Once a nexus for camel caravans hauling tea and salt across the Sahara, Agadez is now a West African paradise for people smugglers and a way station for refugees and migrants intent on reaching Europe’s shores by any means necessary.
The Prime Minister of Libya’s unity government, Fayez Sarraj, met today with Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and Jonathan M. Winer, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Libya, at AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to discuss the current U.S. Government support to the Libyan Government of National Accord.
... AFRICOM’s new Joint Operations Center, is the round-the-clock hub for the Pentagon’s expanding mission against the militants in Libya, where 57 U.S. attacks have struck targets during the past two weeks. ...The operational center is housed in a nondescript concrete box of a building on the low-key Kelley Barracks, just around the corner from the base commissary and across the street from a kebab vendor. ...the $28 million facility gives a picture of key hot spots, from Nigeria in the west to Somalia on the volatile eastern Horn of Africa. Analysts also keep an eye on other areas of concern, including South Sudan, which has been the scene of a civil war since 2013.
Top U.S. commander in Iraq says Islamic State group will 'morph into a true insurgent force'
August 10, 2016
I remember LtGen Sanchez being briefed that the resistence was becoming an insurgent force, and his absolute denial of that assessment. ...“I'd like to register a note of caution,” Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the commander of Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said Wednesday. “Military success in Iraq and Syria will not necessarily mean the end of Daesh. We can expect the enemy to adapt, to morph into a true insurgent force and terrorist organization capable of horrific attacks...
Using a TrackingPoint precision-guided rifle, novice shooter Taya Kyle (widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle) outscored NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt to win $1M for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation at the 1st Annual American Sniper Shootout co-sponsored by BH Defense and Bullseye Guns.
BH DEFENSE PARTNERS WITH NFLABS FOR REAL-TIME RISK MITIGATION USING BIG DATA
November 21, 2014
Through its strategic partnership with NFLabs, security firm BH Defense LLC harnesses the analytic power of NFLabs’ Peloton real-time Big Data engine to provide advanced security solutions and risk mitigation tools for federal agencies and commercial clients in difficult, quickly evolving environments.
BH Defense was recently awarded a $12M modification to its existing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to support the International Iraqi Academy in Baghdad, Iraq through 31 March 2015. An additional $13M in funds are also being allocated to provide for a refurbishment of existing facilities...