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Cablegate: Nadr-Funded Project to Support the East Africa

Published: Tue 23 Dec 2008 07:50 AM
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UNCLAS NAIROBI 002862
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S/CT FOR MARC NORMAN
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SUBJECT: NADR-FUNDED PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE EAST AFRICA
REGIONAL STRATEGIC INITIATIVE, PROPOSAL
REF: STATE 128554
1. (U) Mission wishes to propose the following project for
funding under NADR in support of the East Africa Regional
Strategic Initiative (EARSI):
- Title of project: Preventing Attacks on Soft Targets (PAST)
- Implementing agency or organization: DS/ATA
- Description of program, to include timeline for
implementation, target audience, and stated objectives: This
course will be conducted on a regional basis, with three
EARSI nations participating. This two week course addresses
the objectives, goals, equipment and resources necessary to
assist foreign governments in preventing and mitigating
attacks on soft targets. The course will provide foreign
community members with the information necessary to identify
soft targets in their region, understand the resources
required to develop a comprehensive security plan, and
develop an integrated response that involves working with
non-government entities using industry risk management theory.
Approximately 50 percent of the course is conducted in an
academic learning environment incorporating lectures, case
studies and visual aides, with 50 percent of the course
dedicated to fieldwork and practice exercises. Topics will
include; Soft Targets: Definition and Case Study Analysis,
The Role of Hostile Surveillance in Successful Attacks,
Introduction to Explosives and Suicide Bombings, Principles
of Physical and Technical Security, Introduction to Building
Design, Soft Target Security Applications, Strategies,
Procedures and Training, How to Work Effectively With
Non-Governmental Entities, Risk Management and the Risk
Assessment Process, and Conducting Vulnerability Assessments.
As a final exercise the course breaks the participants into
groups where they will be able to apply the techniques they
have learned.
At the conclusion of training participants will be able to
identify a "soft target", detect property vulnerable to a
terrorist attack, establish effective plans to counter
ineffectiveness and recommend additional preventative
measures for security enhancement.
Estimated cost for the course is $200,000. Following
completion of the course ATA will provide a $100,000
equipment grant to each partner nation.
- Coordinating office within the Embassy responsible for
oversight of implementation and assessing/reporting results:
Addis Ababa: RSO; Dar Es Salaam: RSO, Nairobi: RSO.
- Embassy point of contact and identification of who will
receive and execute the contract or grant assistance: Addis
Ababa: Kevin O'Connor, RSO; Dar Es Salaam: Paul P. Avallone,
RSO; Nairobi: Jeffrey Breed, RSO, Wendy Dougherty, RSO/ATA.
2. (U) This program is enthusiastically supported by the RSOs
at the affected posts. It approaches the need for training a
regional perspective with the goal of not only building up
the capabilities of the recipient countries but also the
mutual ties between their respective security agencies.
3. (U) The RSO's and Ambassadors for all three participating
countries have cleared this text.
RANNEBERGER
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