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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle H Other Matters

NDAA Section

House Conference Report 110-477

SEC. 892. COMPETITION FOR PROCUREMENT OF SMALL ARMS SUPPLIED TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

    (a) Competition Requirement- For the procurement of pistols and other weapons described in subsection (b), the Secretary of Defense shall ensure, consistent with the provisions of section 2304 of title 10, United States Code, that--

      (1) full and open competition is obtained to the maximum extent practicable;

      (2) no responsible United States manufacturer is excluded from competing for such procurements; and

      (3) products manufactured in the United States are not excluded from the competition.

    (b) Procurements Covered- This section applies to the procurement of the following:

      (1) Pistols and other weapons less than 0.50 caliber for assistance to the Army of Iraq, the Iraqi Police Forces, and other Iraqi security organizations.

      (2) Pistols and other weapons less than 0.50 caliber for assistance to the Army of Afghanistan, the Afghani Police Forces, and other Afghani security organizations.

Competition for procurement of small arms supplied to Iraq and Afghanistan (sec. 892)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 834) that would require competition for the procurement of small arms supplied to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Senate amendment contained an identical provision (sec. 1534). The conference agreement includes this provision.

House Armed Services Committee Report 110-146

SECTION 834--COMPETITION FOR EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

This section would require the Secretary of Defense to ensure the use of competitive procedures in the procurement of pistols for the Iraqi Security Forces consistent with the provisions of section 2304 of title 10, United State Code.

Senate Armed Services Committee Report 110-77
Competition for procurement of small arms supplied to Iraq and Afghanistan (sec. 1534)

The committee recommends a provision that would require a full and open competition for procurement of small arms (pistols and other weapons less than 0.50 caliber) supplied to Iraq and Afghanistan, ensuring that no responsible U.S. manufacturer is excluded and that products manufactured in the U.S. are not excluded from the competition.

The Multi-National Security Transition Command--Iraq (MNSTC-I) is the principal Department of Defense (DOD) activity which supports the training and equipping of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). DOD awards contracts, using U.S. appropriated Iraq Security Forces Funds (ISSF) in support of the Iraqi Government, specifically, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (police forces) and Ministry of Defense (military forces). According to DOD, the Iraqi Government, with MNSTC-I advice, has determined that the Glock Model 19 and Beretta 9m pistols are the weapons of choice for the ISF. DOD has awarded five Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contracts for these pistols. U.S. manufactured weapons are not available under these contracts.

The committee believes that U.S. manufacturers should not be excluded from competing for contracts funded by the American taxpayers for procurement of small arms supplied to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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