10TBILISI195, EXBS: GEORGIA MONTHLY REPORT JANUARY 2010

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10TBILISI195 2010-02-16 05:28 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS TBILISI 000195 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC - ACHURCH, EMCPHERSON AND LSPRINGER 
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE - DFROMAN AND MSTEWART 
CBP/INA FOR ESEYMOUR-REDD AND NSIMPSON 
USDOE/NNSA FOR TPERRY, EDESCHLER, AND RTALLEY 
COAST GUARD FOR SATAMAN, SHABTEMICHAEL, AND JCAIRL 
NRC FOR JRAMSEY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP GG
SUBJECT: EXBS: GEORGIA MONTHLY REPORT JANUARY 2010 
 
I.  BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY 
MANAGERS: 
 
1. EXBS Tbilisi welcomes Ms. Eka Parghalava who has been selected as 
our new Assistant Program Coordinator. Eka will assume her duties on 
March 1, 2010. 
 
2. A NATO contingent visited Poti, Georgia, January 27-28 to meet 
with Georgian Coast Guard (GCG) leadership to discuss NATO 
partnership goals. A follow-up report outlining revised goals and 
recommendations for the GCG is expected to be released by NATO by 
February 15. The report is likely to include recommendations for 
enhanced coastal surveillance and communication capabilities along 
with additional training needs. GCG leadership emphasized that these 
partnership goals will be the primary focus of GCG planning and 
requested that EXBS related assistance, where applicable, support 
and/or align with meeting those goals. 
 
3. Given current planning that calls for the Georgia Border Security 
and Law Enforcement (GBSLE) program to close at the end of FY 2011, 
EXBS will become the primary assistance provider for Georgia border 
security initiatives. EXBS is working closely with GBSLE and its 
contractors to become familiar with current projects and to identify 
areas where EXBS can expand upon or complement GBSLE efforts in the 
near future, particularly in the areas of coastal surveillance and 
GCG communications capabilities. 
 
Technicians from GBSLE contractor Allied Technology Group will 
arrive in Georgia in early February to install the first of four new 
digital coastal radar stations. The EXBS Maritime Advisor (MA) will 
accompany GBSLE to meet the technicians to discuss installation 
layout and operational capabilities with a goal of designing and 
satisfying remaining command, control and communications needs. 
 
 
4. An unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey of Poti harbor was completed 
in January with no UXO discovered. Additionally, remaining portions 
of destroyed vessels within the harbor are scheduled for removal in 
early February thereby clearing the way for dredging operations at 
the GCG base. The initiation of dredging operations, as well as the 
construction of a vessel repair facility and a closed circuit 
television security system, is pending approval of a Memorandum of 
Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 
and EXBS. 
 
5. In response to our letter offering assistance with repair of 
donated equipment, lists of damaged equipment were received from the 
Georgian Patrol Police (PP), Revenue Service (Customs), Nuclear 
Radiation Safety Service (NRSS), Border Police (BP) and the Ministry 
of Internal Affairs Special Operations Center (SOC). NRSS identified 
some missing parts and problems associated with our recent donation 
of equipment. Four GR135 RIIDs require repairs; three belong to 
Customs and one to the SOC. The PP reported problems with portal 
monitors, which were referred to the Department of Energy (DOE) 
Second Line of Defense representative. The BP has two 
non-functioning radiation pagers. 
 
6. GCG leadership requested access to the EXBS contracted English 
language instructor in Poti to assist with the establishment of an 
Qlanguage instructor in Poti to assist with the establishment of an 
English language training program at the BP headquarters in Tbilisi. 
 
 
 
7. Captain Emzar Moistsrapishvili has been appointed to serve as the 
Head of the GCG Resources Management Division, filling the vacancy 
created by the dismissal of Commander Vepkhvia Bibileishvili. A 
meeting with Captain Moistsrapishvili will be scheduled for 
February. 
 
  II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD. 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS DURING REPORTING PERIOD 
 
21 Jan: The MA, EXBS Program Coordinator (PC) and the DOE 
Coordinator visited the BP warehouse to inventory U.S. donated 
detection equipment. Sixty-one radiatio pagers and five TSA-PRMs, 
donated by DOE for use at ports of entry, were identified. The DOE 
Coordinator will make arrangements to transfer the equipment to the 
Patrol Police, the agency that now staffs the POEs. 
 
25-27 Jan: The MA travelled to Baku, Azerbaijan. The purpose of the 
trip was to meet Baku country team members and Azeri Coast Guard 
(AZCG) leadership as well as to become familiar with AZCG maritime 
capabilities and current maritime assistance efforts. Inclement 
weather precluded planned site visits and meetings with AZCG 
leadersh
ip; however, MA still met with local EXBS, DTRA, ODC, DAO 
and DOE-NNSA representatives to discuss ideas and plans for future 
engagement. As a follow-up to this visit, the MA will submit a 
recommended maritime assistance plan for th 
e EXBS advisor in Baku, 
via formal memorandum, which will be sent through the U.S. Coast 
Guard Office of International Affairs and DOS ISN/ECC Bureau for 
review/endorsement. 
 
29 Jan: EXBS advisor Hiscock returned from leave. 
 
B. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING REPORTING PERIOD: 
 
January - March: 
 
Defense Language Institute - English for Specific Purposes. 
 
The English language lab instructor is currently enrolled in this 
internet-based course to improve her use of English in technical 
areas. 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD: 
 
(5)Radioactive Source Containers - NRSS (GTRI, EXBS)         TBD 
 
 
  D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE: 
 
  --UPCOMING TRAINING: 
 
March: 
 
Tracker system administration training and installation of 
equipment. 
 
Tracker computer equipment will be delivered on March 16, followed 
by installation and training. 
 
USCG International Maritime Officer Course 
 
A GCG officer will attend the International Maritime Officer's 
Course (IMOC) at Yorktown, VA. Another IMOC is scheduled for August 
- December 2010. 
 
University of Georgia / Export Control Academy 
 
The MA and two representatives from the Revenue Service and the 
Ministry of Defense will attend. 
 
31 March - 4 June: 
 
USCG Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer course (MLE)/ 
Prospective Commanding Officer course / on-the-job training. 
 
Two GCG Officers will attend the above sequence of training. 
 
April: 
 
MLE Instructor course 
 
A USCG Mobile Training Team (MTT) will conduct this training in 
Georgia for maximum of (12) students. 
 
April - May: 
 
MLE Joint Boarding Officer Course 
 
 
A USCG MTT will conduct this training in Georgia for a maximum of 
(24) students. 
 
12 May - 13 August: 
 
USCG Machinery Technician "A" School, Yorktown, VA / OJT 
 
Two GCG personnel will attend this training sequence. 
 
17 May - 8 October: 
 
USCG Electricians Mate "A" School, Yorktown, VA / OJT 
 
Two GCG personnel will attend this training sequence. 
 
Spring 2010: 
Industry Outreach Seminar 
 
This seminar will be presented by DOE NNSA/INECP. Participants will 
include 25-30 representatives from local industries. The Revenue 
Service provided a full list of (63) companies that engage in export 
control related activities. Representatives from the major 
industries will be invited to the seminar. 
 
Commodity Identification Training (CIT): 
 
EXBS, in cooperation with NNSA/INECP, is planning a series of CITs 
throughout 2010. A questionnaire has been circulated to relevant 
agencies and forwarded to INECP to determine the frequency, 
timeframe and location of the regional trainings. The ultimate goal 
is to establish a national strategy for CIT in Georgia. 
 
Date TBD: 
 
Controlled Delivery Training 
 
Training will be conducted by ICE and will include participants from 
the MOIA Special Operations Center, Special Operations Department, 
and Anti-terrorist unit. A selection of covert surveillance 
equipment will be donated as part of the course. 
 
  --EQUIPMENT STATUS: 
 
  PENDING PROCUREMENT OR DISTRIBUTION: 
 
  (1,170) Officer Utility Belts and Equipment. 
  BP and Police Academy (NSOI)          $286,916 
 
  Spare Parts and Equipment - GCG    $100,000 
 
(109) Thermal Imaging Cameras - BP (NSOI)  TBD     (Shipment is 
pending licensing.) 
 
  Covert Surveillance Equipment - MOIA   TBD 
 
  E.  SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, 
   NON-PROLIFERATION OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY: 
 
Archil Kvitashvili, the Head of the Military-technical Department of 
the Ministry of Defense, has resigned. The Military-technical 
Department is the lead agency for export control in Georgia and Mr. 
Kvitashvili has been actively guiding the development of new export 
control legislaion in cooperation with EXBS and our EU colleagues. 
In addition, the Department has been downsized from sixteen to five 
people. 
 
The new Head of the Department is the former Deputy Minister of 
Corrections and Legal Assistance, Levan Zarandia. We do not believe 
that Mr. Zarandia has any background in or previous exposure to 
export control concepts. 
 
The target timeline for introduction of the new Export Control 
legislation to Parliament is March 2010. Should the legislation 
pass, it is uncertain how the recent change in leadership will 
affect its implementation. 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES: 
 
POC for this report is Charles Hiscock, EXBS Program Advisor. 
Telephone +995 32 277312. 
 
LOGSDON

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