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Cablegate: Recognition of Exemplary Performance On Blue

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R 282125Z APR 08
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TO AMEMBASSY JAKARTA 9827

UNCLAS STATE 044864

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JAKARTA FOR AMBASSADOR CAMERON R. HUME FROM ACTING PM A/S AMB
STEPHEN MULL

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SUBJECT: RECOGNITION OF EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE ON BLUE
LANTERN END-USE CHECKS: YVONNE GONZALES


1. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the
outstanding performance of economic officer Yvonne Gonzales
for her 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 (PM/DDTC) in making informed licensing decisions,
discovering illicit supply networks, and deterring diversions
of U.S. military articles and technology.

2. Since the beginning of FY2008, Ms. Gonzales has managed 12
Blue Lantern cases, many of them complex and requiring
considerable effort to complete. Ms. Gonzales not only
handled this heavy case load with aplomb, she also provided
important insights into local procurement systems, most
importantly the requirement for an Indonesian firm to act as
supplier and intermediary for all MOD purchases. This
information led to the discovery of the involvement in
proposed transactions of several Indonesian firms that were
not listed on license applications. Ms. Gonzales' diligence,
thoroughness, and professionalism helped PM/DDTC to make more
informed licensing decisions.

3. The PM Bureau and the Department are grateful for the
efforts of Ms. Gonzales, which have demonstrably contributed
to the security and integrity of U.S. defense trade.
RICE

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