Cablegate: Tracker Demonstration for Got

Published: Fri 13 Feb 2004 10:57 AM
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131057Z Feb 04
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Tracker Demonstration for GOT
1. (SBU) SUMMARY: On February 11, a US team presented a
demonstration of the Tracker system to about fifteen Turkish
export control officials. The officials expressed interest
in evaluating Tracker for possible use, but said they would
need to discuss the matter internally before replying
formally through the US Embassy in Ankara. END SUMMARY.
2. (SBU) A Turkish delegation led by Ali Riza Oktay, head of
department in the Exports General Directorate of the Foreign
Trade Undersecretariat, attended the October 2003 Tracker
Workshop in Oxford, England. Oktay indicated at the time
that he would be preparing a report on the Workshop and
would recommend that his government further explore the
possibility of using Tracker as its export licensing system.
Follow-on contacts by Econoff led to an invitation to a US
team to demonstrate Tracker to a broader group of Turkish
export control officials.
3. (U) A three-person U.S. team visited Ankara February 11-
12 to provide the demonstration. It included Raymond Smith,
Senior Negotiator, NP/NDF, and Russ Bailey and John Parker,
FGM, Inc. Foreign Trade hosted the three-hour
demonstration, which was attended by officials from the
Undersecretariats of Foreign Trade and Customs, as well as
the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense.
Econoff also attended the demonstration and took part in the
4. (U) Smith introduced the demonstration by giving an
overview of the Tracker program and how it fit into the
mission of the NDF and of U.S. efforts to limit the spread
of WMD. Bailey demonstrated many of the features of the
system that can make it an effective tool for careful
analysis of questionable trade transactions. He then
demonstrated its efficiency by processing a simple export
license application from initial data entry to printing of
the export license in less than ten minutes.
5. (SBU) Responding to a question on IT security, the US
team said that Tracker was compatible with a variety of
security applications, ranging from encryption to closed
networks. The decision on the type of security necessary in
each country had deliberately been left to the countries
themselves. A Ministry of Defense official asked about
Tracker's capability to create reports from the information
in its database. Bailey demonstrated this capability.
6. (SBU) In response to a question from the Turkish
delegation, Smith discussed next steps in implementing
Tracker. He said that there would need to be a signed
document, usually an MOU, between the two governments laying
out the objectives of the program and their individual
undertakings. Noting that the U.S. and Turkish Governments
had been negotiating a broader MOU on export control and
border security issues for more than a year, Smith said the
Tracker program could be covered through an implementing
document under this umbrella MOU, when completed. He
pointed out that this document would not obligate the
Turkish government to adopt the Tracker system; rather, the
Turkish government would undertake to conduct a thorough
evaluation of the system and adopt the system if the
evaluation were positive. Following signature of the
document, the US would send a team to Ankara to make a
detailed analysis of the Turkish export licensing process so
as to develop an effective implementation plan. In response
to a question on how long this would take, Smith said that
the lengthiest part of the process was normally the
receiving government's review of the MOU or implementing
document, which often took six to twelve months. He added
that following signature of the Tracker MOU, he would expect
to have an evaluation team in Ankara within three months and
installation of and training on the system within six
7. (SBU) In discussions among themselves around the table,
the Turkish officials agreed to meet further to discuss
whether and how to move ahead. They discussed placement of
the Tracker server, a problem in that the Ministry of
Defense and the Foreign Trade Undersecretariat had
responsibilities for entirely different sets of commodities.
Oktay asked Smith in an aside whether two servers and two
networks could be set up to handle the dual-use, munitions
dichotomy. Smith said that this could be considered.
8. (U) The demonstration ended with agreement that,
following internal discussions, the Turkish government would
respond through the Embassy. Edelman
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