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This year is going to be the busiest year we've ever had. NATO is expected to take on more responsibility in Afghanistan in the coming year. The War on Terror is about ideas and changing things that are fundamental.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army


The Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PC0)

The Iraq Project and Contracting Office serves the people of Iraq by contracting for and delivering services, supplies and infrastructure through the Congressional appropriation titled the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF).

The PCO's role as a temporary organization is to design, construct, and commission, and hand over completed infrastructure facilities to the Iraqis. The PCO is committed to the successful completion of its role, and understand that Capacity Development is critical to providing the foundation for a smooth transfer of day to day responsibility for completed projects to Iraqi management. Training strengthens the ability of Iraqi workers to assume control and is the best method for ensuring sustainable infrastructure.

The mission of the Project and Contracting Office is to
serve the people of the United States and Iraq by contracting for and delivering services, supplies, and infrastructure identified within the Iraqi Relief and Reconstruction Fund, a total $18.4 billion in resources allocated by the U.S.Congress on behalf of the American taxpayers for rebuilding Iraq.

The people of the United States helping Iraqis rebuild their country and progress toward a strong and
successful future for Iraq.

- Employment for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, resulting in economic security, occupational training,
and professional mastery of new skills

- Higher quality of life and enhanced internal security for Iraqis. -The building of the Iraqi industries
required to sustain and further improve the basic infrastructure services required for a modern nation.

For additional information, contact:
The Iraq Project and Contracting Office
1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1475
Arlington, VA 22209


Battlefield Detectives
The History Channel , Battlefield Detectives, presents - Battle of Big Hole, Friday, February 3 at 11pm ET/PT.

In August 1877, a detachment of the US 7th Infantry attacked a sleeping camp of Nez Perce Indians in the remote mountains of southwest Montana. The Army was following orders to make it absolutely clear to the Indians that they had to return to their reservation, or face the consequences. The attack was well planned, brutal in its sudden intensity, and at first appeared to go well for the infantry. But by day's end, the 196-strong force was under siege, pinned down by a small group of warriors in a clump of trees. Desperate for rescue, they were terrified that they would share the fate of their comrades, who, one year earlier, had perished with General Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Now, the latest detailed forensic research is revealing why things so nearly ended in disaster for the Army at the Battle of Big Hole.