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 update on our on-going efforts in the Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)as a result of our meetings and efforts 10 – 13 January 2012.
First, I would like to welcome the personnel in the offices of two United States Senators and three 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.
We also are now providing updates and seeking to properly coordinate with:
Joint Chiefs of Staff Deputy Director for Operations (J3)
Director of Policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Office of the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander, U.S. European Command
Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific
Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy Nicaragua
Washington Metro Area Director of Emergency Management Services
Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
Gold Star Wives of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Listening to America’s Veterans
National Organization for Disability
Tee It Up for the Troops
Veterans Association of America
Defense Technology International
Foreign Policy Magazine
Gannett Media Corporation
Israel Resource News Agency
Embassy of the Philippines in Abuja – Nigeria
And additional private sector companies and individuals.
This brings the number of U.S. House Offices we are working with to 32 and Senate Offices to 15 across all parties.
Results of recent engagements
1. The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) agree to provide panel member in support of our GovSec 2012 presentations. We look forward to working with JIEDDO on that effort and other areas within the Global Campaign against IEDs that fall within their authorities. It is important to document the best practices and lessons learned by militaries in their dealings with IEDs transition to non-military agencies and organizations in the global effort against IEDs.
2. The interest from House and Senate Offices in our proposed letter to President Obama on the IED issue and the Global Campaign continues to build. Offices of several Members of Congress stated they would take the letter forward for signature once we have a House and Senate office who will act as the Lead to hold the letter for Member signatures and once we consolidate any input we receive into the final version. This is very encouraging. As you know, 68 members of the Senate and 57 Members of the House of Representatives recently signed letters to the President specifically supporting the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and calling for the U.S. to sign the Landmine treaty. As controversial as the Landmine issue and support to the ICBL as an organization has been over the years, it is an important precedent for our effort to obtain a letter supporting the campaign against IEDs by calling for government agencies to participate within their authorities and to encourage support by the private sector and other nations.
3. The meetings with Department of State Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) as well as the Counter-Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO) were also positive. We look forward to working with WRA as key enabler for “upstream” strategies that will reduce the proliferation of IED components from abandoned, excess, and other uncontrolled ordnance and weapons. We also look forward to working with them on yet to be defined projects.
4. The GovSec 2012 Organizers have graciously donated a room at the event the morning of our first presentation solely for our use. We are looking at how to best use this space to bring the right people together to work key actions.
To help move our efforts forward we are asking for input in several areas:
1. How can we further engage the private sector in the Global Campaign against IEDS?
2. Any suggestions on how we can garner donations to off-set the cost of our volunteers participating in GovSec 2012 and other events (Travel and expenses only).
3. How can we explore formal endorsement for the Global Campaign from private sector organizations and companies?
Partners International Foundation: http://www.partners-international.org
The Global IED Incident Tracker: http://iedtracker.partners-international.org
The Global Campaign against IEDs: http://www.CampaignAgainstIEDs.org