Skip to comments.U.S. Building 'Tactical Village' in Beirut; Boost in Lebanese Military Aid Continues
Posted on 12/27/2012 7:44:36 PM PST by Steve Peacock
A U.S. Department of State-funded tactical village soon will be built in Beirut in conjunction with Lebanese Security Forces, the latest step in a series of military aid packages from the Obama Administration.
State today acknowledged that it awarded a $9.3 million contract to Zerock Construction Lebanon S.A.L. to build the practical training facility, though technically Zerock secured it Dec. 11, according to an award notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located via routine database research.
The original pre- solicitation notice described the project as the Construction of a Tactical Training Village, an Outdoor Shooting Range, and External and Infrastructure Works, with an option to construct an Academic and Forensics Training Center.
The facility construction follows the administration's revelation that "In the past six months, the United States has provided approximately $140.37 million in equipment and assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) that includes aircraft, a vessel, vehicles, guns, ammunition, equipment, and medical supplies." According to a U.S. Embassy-Beirut fact sheet dated Dec. 21, the aid package includes $58 million "to provide six new Huey II helicopters and spare parts" as well as coastal security craft, rifles and machine guns, and tens of millions of rounds of ammunition.
"This assistance is coordinated by the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the U.S. Embassy and is part of U.S. efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), recognizing its importance, as Lebanons sole legitimate defense force, in securing Lebanons borders and defending the sovereignty and independence of the state" the fact sheet says.
Source documents: Contract award #SGE50013C0007 and Solicitation #SGE500-12-R-0053.
FOR RELATED COVERAGE, SEE THE MONITOR'S U.S. STATE DEPT. PAGE.
What could possibly go wrong?
Wow, we must be flush with cash!
Gods. The more I see our govt in action, the more isolationist I become.
Here is the note attached to the budding supplies for the Tactical Center.
Attention Hezbollah!!! I got your back. Kindest regards, Barry.
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