Cablegate: Embassy Amman to Form Crisis Liaison Unit If/When
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UNCLAS AMMAN 001525
DEPARTMENT FOR NEA, NEA/EX, CA, PA, INR AND S/ES/O/CMS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR AMGT CASC CVIS IZ JO
SUBJECT: EMBASSY AMMAN TO FORM CRISIS LIAISON UNIT IF/WHEN
1. (SBU) In the event that war begins with Iraq, Embassy
Amman will stand up a Crisis Liaison Unit (CLU) that will
serve as the Embassy's central point of contact/clearinghouse
for DoS inquiries on all crisis-related issues. Inquiries
from the Ops Center and associated DoS Task Forces should
come through the CLU and -- similarly -- Embassy-generated
responses should be sent out via the CLU. The goal is to
ensure that, as issues arise, we provide one definitive
answer to the Department (rather than multiple, possibly
conflicting, answers from different offices). As currently
envisioned, the CLU will be staffed 24-hours a day by three
officers and one OMS per shift during the first few days
after war begins. Following this initial period, we will
assess staffing levels and -- depending on the actual flow of
work -- make necessary adjustments.
2. (SBU) When contacted by the Department on a particular
subject, the CLU will contact the Mission office that is
expert in that issue. Once it has gathered the information
necessary to respond to the inquiry, the CLU will communicate
back to the Department -- either orally on an open or STU-III
line, or in writing via e-mail (SBU or Classified) or SITREP.
The CLU will draft regular SITREPS to the Department
summarizing all important crisis-related developments and
also keep a log of its actions.
3. (SBU) It is important to be clear that public or press
inquiries should not be directed to the CLU during regular
working hours. The Embassy Switchboard Operator will be
instructed to direct such inquires to the Consular Section
(for Consular matters), RSO (for Security questions) and PA
(Press). If such calls come into the CLU during regular
hours, they will be directed to the appropriate office.
Outside of regular Embassy hours, all crisis-related calls
will be directed to the CLU.
CLU PHONE/FAX NUMBERS
4. (SBU) The Department should utilize the following numbers
when contacting the CLU.
Unclassified lines: 962-6-592-0101 ext. 2366 or ext 2599
Unclassified FAX: 962-6-592-0159
5. (SBU) The CLU has a dedicated E-mail Address on both the
Classified and SBU computer Systems. On the classified
system, the address that appears in the Global Address List
is "Amman-MSX-Crisis Liaison Unit." On the Unclassified
system, the CLU's address in the Global Address List is
"Amman Crisis Liaison Unit."
6. (SBU) Please note that we will only start using the above
listed phone numbers and e-mail addresses if/when war
commences and the CLU is stood up.