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Cablegate: Response to Blue Lantern Cable

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R 211416Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8983
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS BAGHDAD 002684

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PM/DDTC FOR JUDD STITZIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC IZ
SUBJECT: RESPONSE TO BLUE LANTERN CABLE

REF: STATE 066583

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Based on apparent deficiencies in the
accounting for night vision devices (NVDs) provided to Iraqi
Security Forces (ISF), the Multi-National Security Transition
Command in Iraq (MNSTC-I) is currently conducting a
comprehensive field inventory of NVDs. The intent of this
inventory is to establish a baseline for the implementation
of proper end-use monitoring of NVDs and to assess the
current state of affairs with regard to accountability.
MNSTC-I will engage MOD to ensure continued end-use
monitoring of sensitive items. Embassy Baghdad Pol-Mil will
report results of the inventory and continue to coordinate
with MNSTC-I on behalf of the Blue Lantern program. END
SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) On August 12, Pol-Mil Officers attended a meeting
of the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq
(MNSTC-I) to discuss ongoing end-use monitoring efforts,
pursuant to reftel request. Based on IG recommendations from
inspections conducted in September 2007 and May 2008, MNSTC-I
developed a compliance plan to implement requirements for
end-use monitoring of sensitive items, e.g. NVDs, provided to
ISF. An end-use monitoring SOP has since been incorporated
into the MNSTC-I Logistics SOP. A follow-up IG inspection is
scheduled for October 12, to evaluate proposed and recently
implemented end-use monitoring procedures.

3. (SBU) Additionally, MNSTC-I has developed comprehensive
internal procedures for the tracking and inventory of
sensitive items to ensure accountability of all on-hand
sensitive items requiring end-use monitoring prior to
issuance to ISF. MNSTC-I is currently conducting a
comprehensive field audit of NVDs provided to ISF in an
effort to provide one hundred percent accountability of NVDs.
The audit is scheduled for completion by September 15.
The audit will establish a baseline for future inventory
control procedures and will allow for timely and accurate
compliance with the auditing of sensitive items requested by
reftel.

4. (SBU) MNSTC-I will engage with MOD to ensure continued
compliance with end-use monitoring regulations. In addition,
MNSTC-I will draft a letter to MOD reiterating end-use
monitoring procedures, outlined in a memorandum of agreement
signed on November 18, 2005, and drawing attention to
potential consequences of future non-compliance ) including,
potentially, State,s withholding of end-user licenses.
MNSTC-I will also provide guidance and training to
responsible ISF personnel on inventory procedures and aid in
development of a suitable system of accountability of NVDs.

5. (SBU) Upon completion of the ongoing inventory, Pol-Mil
Officers will reconcile items noted in reftel with on hand
inventory and report results.
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