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Monday, July 14

when is a base a base?

Gen. Tommy Franks announced that Halliburton is going to be building semi-permanent wooden buildings (you can call them barracks if you like) most likely under the LOGCAP III contract. But wait, didn't Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld say something in April about no bases in Iraq?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday the United States has not considered seeking permanent military bases in postwar Iraq and said the likelihood of such an arrangement was low.

- April 21, 2003 Reuters Rumsfeld: No Discussions of U.S. Bases in Iraq
From the New York Times article of July 11, 2003:
At the same time, the Army has hired Halliburton's Kellogg Brown & Root subsidiary to feed and house up to 100,000 troops in Iraq. The contractor could erect large tents, but an Army spokesman said today that the $200 million project ordered last month could also include semi-permanent wooden buildings similar to what American troops in Kosovo use.


Dan Carlson, a spokesman for the Army's Field Support Command in Rock Island, Ill., said the agreement with Kellogg Brown & Root called for the company to provide housing for up to 100,000 forces at about 20 sites throughout Iraq. The order was first reported this week by Inside the Army, a specialized publication about Army matters.
Question: Are semi-permanent wooden buildings not really considered bases?

Company Halliburton KBR Government Operations
Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity 10 year contract
Task Order $200 million dollars
Agency Army Material Command
Date of RFP
Date of Award December 14, 2001
Date of TO June 2003
Nature of work For support services to US military in Iraq under LOGCAPIII. KBRGO will provide for the construction of facilities and infrastructure of base camps including billeting, mess hall, food preparation, potable water, sanitation, showers, laundry, transportation, utilities, warehousing and other logistical support. Also included is support of the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, Integration (RSOI) process of U.S. Forces as they enter or depart their theater of operation by sea, air or rail.
Franks Sees Decision Soon on Rotation System for G.I.'s
By Eric Schmitt
New York Times
July 11, 2003
For additional references, see our bpost of June 21: Halliburton Update as of June 21

Task Orders totaled $596.8 million as of June 20, 2003. The new task order would bring the total up to $796.8 million if the task order for $200 million was not included in the June 20th figure provided by Reuters in the New York Times.

Question: Isn't a "base camp" a base?


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