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Cablegate: Recognition of Exemplary Performance On Blue

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UNCLAS STATE 044862

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
OTTOWA FOR AMBASSADOR DAVID H. WILKINS FROM ACTING PM A/S AMB
STEPHEN MULL
TORONTO FOR CONSUL GENERAL JOHN NAY FROM ACTING PM A/S AMB STEPHEN
MULL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC ETTC KOMC CA
SUBJECT: RECOGNITION OF EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE ON BLUE
LANTERN CHECKS: MERRIGAN, PLEDGE AND HOLLIDAY-SKLAR

REF: A. 07 STATE 43692

B. TORONTO 108

1. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the
outstanding performance of economic officer Robert Merrigan,
consular officer Molly Pledge, and political/economic officer
Sherri Holliday-Sklar for their timely and thorough
investigation of Blue Lantern cases. As you know, the Blue
Lantern program is the Department's primary instrument for
monitoring the end-use of exported defense articles,
technology, and services. This program is indispensable to
PM's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls in making informed
licensing decisions, discovering illicit supply networks, and
deterring diversions of U.S. military articles and technology.

2. For a second year in a row (ref A), the Mission to Canada
has distinguished itself as a model of collaboration among
personnel spread across a very large country. This year,
ConGen Toronto deserves special recognition. Mss. Pledge and
Holliday-Sklar expertly conducted and reported on at least
three end-use checks, including one that was quite complex
and time-consuming (ref B). Mr. Merrigan extended his track
record of diligence, thoroughness, and professionalism in
efficiently either conducting or coordinating at least ten
high-quality checks.

3. The PM Bureau and the Department are grateful for the
efforts of Mr. Merrigan and Mss. Pledge and Holliday-Sklar,
which have demonstrably contributed to the security and
integrity of U.S. defense trade.
RICE

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