|06AMMAN1788||2006-03-09 16:03:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Amman|
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available. 091603Z Mar 06
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 AMMAN 001788
1. On February 13, the EXBS Advisor participated in a telephone
conference with EXBS program managers from DOS and DOC to discuss
future DOC EXBS events in Jordan. Scheduling training in legal
infrastructure, licensing, enforcement and presentation of the
DOC automated Product Identification Training will be put on hold
pending expected decisions by the GoJ concerning their export
control system. DOC will review the possibility of developing a
targeted training course on licensing and enforcement for select
representatives of the GoJ and the King Abdullah II Design &
Development Bureau (KADDB.) (Advisor Note: This would be an
excellent venue to create meaningful ties and procedures in an
emerging Jordanian Industry-Outreach program. This training
could also encourage the adoption of uniform `best practices' in
the Jordanian export control system.)
2. During February 14-20, the EXBS Advisor continued refining the
draft EXBS `Condition Precedent' for use with the GoJ during
2006. This `Condition Precedent' will be one of the requirements
placed on the GoJ for the Economic Support Fund Cash Transfer.
3. During February 14-28, the EXBS Advisor assisted DOS to
coordinate a country visit of representatives of the WISCONSIN
PROJECT (WP). WP is an automated database of historical EXBS-
related information, including `bad actors' in proliferation,
dual-use and WMD related technologies, etc. This database is
text-driven and written in English. The database can be
extremely helpful if located where its information is available
to support special licensing and investigative activities.
Representatives of the WP plan to visit Jordan the week of 19
March 2006 to provide demonstrations of the database to
appropriate GoJ officials.
4. During February 19-21, the EXBS Advisor completed final
coordination with the Jordan country team and forwarded a formal
invitation from the Front Office to the Defense Threat Reduction
Agency (DTRA) to visit Jordan and begin the process of including
Jordan in its International Counterproliferation Program. The
Jordan country team will coordinate DTRA efforts to ensure
harmony with other activities and programs provided by the USG.
5. During February 16-28, the EXBS Advisor continued coordination
with Front Office and DHS to prepare and forward a formal
invitation from the Front Office to the DHS to visit Jordan and
begin evaluation of Jordan for possible inclusion in the
Container Security Program.
6. During February 19-28, the EXBS Advisor continued coordination
and preparations as the Control Officer for the visit of Under
Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, David
McCormick. The Under Secretary will visit Jordan March 7-8,
2006. He will meet with GoJ officials and select Jordanian
7. During February 23-28, the EXBS Advisor, at the request of the
Deputy Chief of Mission, coordinated the scheduling for a first
meeting of a new working group composed of country team members
from DAO, FCS, POL and EXBS. This working group will meet to
discuss and coordinate Embassy approach to munitions issues
likely to affect Jordan in the future. The group will meet for
the first time on March 16, 2006.
8. On February 26 and 27, the EXBS Advisor, at the request of the
Ambassador and the Deputy Chief of Mission, represented EXBS in
meetings between the country team and Ambassador Henry Crumpton,
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, DOS.
9. On February 28, the EXBS Advisor met with Mr. G.M. Mattingley,
Jr., Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Practice, JBC
International and Criss Jackson, Grants Compliance Manager,
Office of State and Local Government Coordination & preparedness,
DHS, to discuss "OPERATIONS SAFE COMMERCE" (OSC). OSC began its
first test shipments of Jordanian goods and should complete this
phase by late spring with a report to follow by summer 2006.
According to Mr. Mattingley and Ms. Jackson, USG and GoJ
officials processed the first shipment from Jordan with no
problems. They anticipate this test phase will conclude
successfully. The new `intruder' and sensor equipment appeared
to be functioning well and withstanding the rigors of
international maritime shipment.
10. During February 1-28, the EXBS Advisor assisted DOE and
ISN/ECC, DOS to coordinate the future visit of a MEGAPORTS AND
`CORE' - Second Line of Defense assessment team to Jordan. The
team plans to visit Jordan during May 2006. The team will assess
the port of Aqaba, visit selected border sites, and meet with
Jordanian officials to discuss Jordan's interest in being
included in the DOE MEGAPORTS and CORE/Second Line of Defense
11. During February 27 - March 1, the EXBS Advisor assisted the
National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE and its contractors
in providing their course, "Nuclear Export Control Workshop," to
selected GoJ officials. This course was exceptionally well-
received by the Jordanians. Given the relatively low level of
automation at Jordanian borders (as compared with that of the US
or EU,) the DOE Commodity Identification Training (CIT) and its
hardcopy reference materials were particularly attractive to GoJ
officials. GoJ officials commented repeatedly that these
hardcopy materials would be of significant value to professionals
assigned to duty at the borders, working in commercial portals
and within select licensing, investigative and oversight
organizations. Representatives of the following Jordanian
organizations participated with the DOE training team and the
EXBS Advisor in an after-conference roundtable discussion about
the needs of Jordan with respect to DOE training: the Foreign
Ministry, the Public Security Directorate, the General
Intelligence Department, the Jordanian Armed Forces, the Customs
Department, the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, and KADDB. As
previously noted, representatives indicated the CIT provided by
DOE was very helpful, essential for providing useful training and
tools to those involved in EXBS. GoJ agency representatives
requested that DOE provide detailed CIT courses as soon as
possible with an "immediate" training course for those stationed
at the Al-Kerameh Border Crossing with Iraq. DOE and the EXBS
advisor agreed to coordinate this request via their respective
organizations and the EXBS interagency working group. (Advisor
Note: Although providing a training course at the Al-Karamah
crossing presents some significant logistical challenges, it is
possible, and the EXBS Advisor strongly recommends the Jordanian
request for an "immediate" CIT course at this location be given
the highest priority by ISN/ECC and the EXBS interagency working
Group. This course will also dovetail nicely with the
methodological training planned for Jordan by Customs and Border
B. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING REPORTING PERIOD.
1. EXBS: February 27 - March 1, "Nuclear Export Control
Workshop," Amman, Jordan.
2. OTHER: None.
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING REPORTING PERIOD.
1. EXBS: None.
2. OTHER: None.
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE.
1. EXBS: Demonstration of WISCONSIN PROJECT, March 19-21, 2006.
2. OTHER: None.
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION,
OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY.
1. NO CHANGE - Border Management Committee: Jordan is currently
designing the structure and charter of this multi-agency
committee. Jordanians expect this committee to be the executive-
level body overseeing EXBS policy/law.
2. NO CHANGE - Border Management Task Force will conclude its
service and disband in April 2006.
F. OTHER SIGNIFICANT ISSUES/EVENTS.
1. EXBS: None.
2. OTHER: None.
G. PRIMARY EXBS OBJECTIVES FOR COMING MONTH.
1. If possible, meet with at least one Jordanian official who is
a member of the BMC.
2. Plan and execute the visit of Under Secretary McCormick to
H. STATUS OF LAST MONTH'S PRIMARY EXBS OBJECTIVES.
1. DOE workshop held in Amman, (see paragraph III.A.11 above.)
2. EXBS Advisor was unable to meet with BMC officials, but did
meet with their senior representatives in the roundtable
discussion, (see paragraph III.A.11 above.)
IV. RED FLAG ISSUES.
V. Any questions or comments can be directed to Joseph C.
Irvine, EXBS Advisor to Jordan & the Middle East Region,
Telephone:(962 6) 590-6550/6558, Fax: (962 6) 592-7653, Email: