Bolivia To Get Riot Gear, Emergency Ops Center From U.S. -- More Trouble on the Horizon?

The U.S. State Dept. recently issued a call to riot-gear manufacturers to submit proposals for equipment that it hopes to ship to the Government of Bolivia by July 31.

While competitive bid requests typically focus on securing the best-priced package that potential contractors have to offer, the cost in this case is subservient to two other factors: the suitability of the protective gear, and the swiftness by which it can be shipped to Bolivia.   Specifically, the State Dept. needs a company to provide, as soon as possible, 3,700 Upper Body Tactical Padding suits capable of providing non-ballistic protection against blunt trauma to the shoulders, ribcage and chest of their respective wearer. The package also calls for 3,700 pairs of shin guards -- each unit being 24 inches tall, six inches wide and five inches thick -- that provide double knee protection and side coverage for the ankle bones.

According to a June 30 database entry to the federal Electronic Posting System, "The primary considerations for award of a purchase order will be whether the items are suitable for the intended purpose and whether they can be delivered on time."

Separately, but on that same day, the U.S. Army issued a bid request via EPS to build and design an emergency operations center in La Paz. According to that procurement document, the project will consist of a "2-story building addition that will be designed and constructed adjacent to an existing building. Building will be constructed with reinforced concrete floors, masonry walls and a reinforced concrete slab, ribbed roof. Work includes site work with connections to existing water, sanitary sewer and electrical systems with a roof mounted, gravity fed, water storage tank. Estimated cost range of the project is from $100,000 to $250,000."

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I'm currently a high school English teacher and writer. I'm also a former Washington, DC, journalist, having worked for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily (WID), investigative newsletters that cover the telecommunications, broadcast and Internet industries. Following the 9/11 attacks, my news beat expanded beyond Capitol Hill telecom/TV/IT policy and began to include technology-policy coverage at the Pentagon and Dept. of Homeland Security. I've written over a thousand articles about government and industry affairs, and I'm pleased to say that I was the reporter who broke the story about the Total Information Awareness surveillance/data-collection initiative of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. I've written articles for publications including NACLA Report on the Americas, Drug Enforcement Report, Corrections Journal, and The Tampa Tribune. I've also written a memoir about my former career as a plainclothes security officer of the Helmsley Palace hotel in New York City, Hotel Dick: Harlots, Starlets, Thieves & Sleaze.

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I'm currently a high school English teacher and writer. I'm also a former Washington, DC, journalist, having worked for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily (WID), investigative newsletters that cover the telecommunications, broadcast and Internet industries. Following the 9/11 attacks, my news beat expanded beyond Capitol Hill telecom/TV/IT policy and began to include technology-policy coverage at the Pentagon and Dept. of Homeland Security. I've written over a thousand articles about government and industry affairs, and I'm pleased to say that I was the reporter who broke the story about the Total Information Awareness surveillance/data-collection initiative of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. I've written articles for publications including NACLA Report on the Americas, Drug Enforcement Report, Corrections Journal, and The Tampa Tribune. I've also written a memoir about my former career as a plainclothes security officer of the Helmsley Palace hotel in New York City, Hotel Dick: Harlots, Starlets, Thieves & Sleaze.