Washington -- The US Defense industry delegation to Iraq proved successful in meeting Iraqi Military Commanders and Defense Procurement Specialists, providing market entry and first hand market information.
The defense industry delegation started Monday, July 27 and concluded on Sunday, August 2. "This industry delegation to Iraq has provided our delegates with an excellent opportunity to network with Iraqi officials" said Maher Giundi, Government Programs Director of New Fields. "The visit to Iraq helped our delegates to identify some of Iraq's security, sea, land, and air needs and how can US defense industry work together to strengthen Iraq's sovereignty and security."
Highlights of the USDID Delegation:
Iraqi Air Force Commander LG Anwar Ahmed hosted a dinner for the USDID delegates at his Baghdad residence. The event served as a welcome and thank you for the US defense delegates, the dinner was attended by senior Iraqi Officers including the Iraqi Air Force Directorate General of Logistics.
The US Embassy briefed the delegation on the security, political and economic situation in the country. The delegation met with the Acting Chief of Mission (US Attaché Political-Military Affairs) and other senior staff.
Another important meeting in Baghdad was the visit to theIraqi Ministry of Defense and the meeting with Iraq MOD M5 Strategy & Plans.
Meeting with National Security ministry's senior officials.
Meetings with Iraqi High Ranking Military Commanders including members of the MOD advisory board.
Conclusion & Recommendations
The USDID to Iraq was successful in meeting its stated objectives
USDID/Iraq delegates received a thorough briefing by US and Iraqi officials of the Iraqi defense and security plans.
Delegates were able to make presentations to Iraqi Military Offices