October 24, 2011

ISOA Kicks Off the 2011 Annual Summit

For Details, Contact: ISOA at

International Stability Operations Association
1634 I St NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: +1 (202) 464-0721


Washington, D.C. – 24 October 2011 – Excitement was in the air at the Ronald Reagan Building this morning as ISOA kicked off their 2011 Annual Summit.

Participants were formally welcomed to the summit by ISOA President Doug Brooks, Summit Chair Ambassador David C. Litt and Chris Taylor, CEO of Mission Essential Personnel during the Opening Remarks. “I personally have been involved with this [ISOA] for about 7 or 8 years now,” said Chris Taylor. “Every year we seem to get a little bit better, a little bit bigger and we seem to attract a very diverse crowd who has different interests, different goals and the conversations that are fostered continue to be interesting.”

The opening keynote speech of the event was delivered by Ike Skelton, Former long-time Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. Skelton praised the industry for supporting the United States military and making young men and women in uniform safer. He also warned of two growing trends in the United State. First, he addressed concerns about defense spending cuts. Skelton believes that with further cuts, the United States will not be able to bring stability to other parts of the world and will be pushed to the sidelines of history. Second, Skelton highlighted the growing distance between the United States’ civilian population and military population, which he believes will lead to the election of politicians who place less emphasis on our men and women in uniform. Mr. Skelton concluded by urging the stability operations industry to educate the public on their role in supporting military operations and to bring attention to those serving in dangerous situations.

Following an Afternoon Networking Break, the first panel session, The Stability Operations Industry: A Year in Review kicked-off, featuring Beth Cole, United States Institute of Peace, Andrew Natsios, Georgetown University, and Chris Taylor, CEO Mission Essential Personnel. Moderated by ISOA President Doug Brooks, the panel provided a valuable overview of the challenges the industry has faced in the previous year and provided insight into the future of the industry. The panel had a lively discussion on best practices in systems and training, fielding questions from the audience regarding the value of planning versus an ad hoc approach, the possibility of a stabilization account in the USG and the impact of the rise of China and the global south on the industry.

The evening closed with a networking reception, providing participants with a chance to meet and discuss the day’s events. “I particularly enjoyed the engaging panel discussion and the refreshingly candid remarks from today’s speakers,” said Naveed Bandali from Pax Mondial, a member company of ISOA. “I look forward to the next two days for more insights and meeting industry colleagues.”

The 2011 ISOA Annual Summit will be taking place in the Ronald Reagan Building through Wednesday, October 26. Registration is available on-site and single day tickets are available. A detailed agenda is available on the event website at www.stability-operations.org/summit2011.

The ISOA Summit is generously sponsored by Mission Essential Personnel, Dyncorp International, SOC, LLC, Triple Canopy, Crowell & Moring, L-3 MPRI, PAE, Inc., Olive Group, EOC Technology and OnSite Occupational Health Services.

About ISOA

ISOA is the international trade association of the stability operations industry, promoting ethics and standards worldwide and advocating for effective utilization of private sector services. ISOA members are leaders in the industry and are supported by ISOA's outreach, education and government affairs initiatives.

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