BUILDING DEFENSIVE CAPACITY
The FMS program falls under the Office of Security Cooperation, or OSC-I, which continues to develop the relationship between the U.S. military and the Iraq military, previously the responsibility of U.S. Forces-Iraq.
"Our active FMS projects are aimed at better equipping the Iraq Ministries of Interior and Defense to protect that nation from internal and external threats," said Douglas Harold Plachy, program manager forward for FMS work.
Plachy is credited with coordinating the planning, design and construction of $700 million of FMS cases for Iraq. Sixteen FMS projects are under contract, totaling $166.8 million, and all are funded by Iraq. Many other projects are in the planning stages or being processed in accordance with FMS program requirements.
One of the earliest projects was the $181 million border roads project constructed for the Ministry of Interior. "This has been one of our most successful projects," Plachy said. "USACE designed roads around the critical points of Iraq's border for security, and they're divided into segments for construction. Two of the three contracts finished early, and the quality of work is quite good."
Another showcase project, also for the Ministry of Interior, is the General Directorate of Counterterrorism facility in eastern Baghdad. The $18.4 million project includes an office building, headquarters, barracks, warehouse, and a power generator facility and is expected to be complete by June 2013.
Six FMS projects are underway to strengthen Iraq's defensive capabilities. These projects support the Iraq Ministry of Defense and its Air Force.
"While OSC-I is our direct customer for FMS work, we also work with the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, or AFMC, for projects that support the Iraq Air Force," said Joseph Zaraszczak, branch chief within Programs and Project Management Division.