In order to promote complete transparency of our actions, these updates will list organizations, companies, offices, and persons with which we have substantive interactions. These interactions do not represent formal endorsement of the Global Campaign against IEDs by these entities. Formal endorsements will be posted separately as they are received.
Here is an end-of-the-week update on our on-going efforts in the Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
First, I would like to welcome the personnel in the offices of five United States Senators and fifteen members of the United States Congress to our distribution list. We look forward to working with them to ensure our actions move through proper channels.
In addition, our dialogue on how to shape and execute this effort is being coordinated with various veterans and service groups that currently include:
Veterans of Foreign Wars
United Services Organizations (USO)
Blind Veterans Association
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
National Association of Uniformed Services
Americas Veterans (AMVETS)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Although working directly against IEDs is not in the charter of all these organizations, it is important to have an open dialogue for their insights and so we can assist in areas that do affect veterans. We welcome their interest.
Our efforts to engage the international community is expanding, with the addition of representatives from:
European Union (EU) Delegation to the United States
Norwegian Armed Forces
Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU
Rwanda National Congress
It is our hope to get other nations and International organizations involved in endorsing and implementing this effort.
Any assistance with introductions is most welcome.
We also received a question on the possible proliferation of IED components into Africa and particularly Ammonium Nitrate into Nigeria.
This information paper responds to that and I believe merits concern.
We are proud to announce that LTG (Ret) Frank Kearney has signed on to be a panel member for our GovSec Panel on The Power of Social Media in Combating Terrorism. LTG (Ret) Kearney recently retired from the position of Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center in Washington DC, where LTG Kearney was responsible for Whole of Government Planning with over 29 Inter-Agency partners to achieve the strategic end states outlined in the Obama Administration's National Counter-Terrorism Strategy and assess resourcing and government agencies achievement of strategic objectives.
Planned meetings in Washington, D.C. from January 10 – 13, 2012:
Office of Congressman Roe (10 Jan) – Support to Homeless Veterans Project
Office of Congressman Wolfe (Jan 10)
Office of Senator Snowe (Jan 11)
Office of Congressman Guinta (Jan 11)
Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)(Jan 11)(T)
Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement(PM/WRA)(Jan 12)
Partners International Foundation: http://www.partners-international.org
The Global IED Incident Tracker: http://iedtracker.partners-international.org