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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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UNCLAS STATE 081082

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BOGOTA FOR ARI NATHAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050032015

REF: 2006 BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2-4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in
conducting a post-shipment check on license 050032015 for the
export of night vision devices (NVDs) to
Colombia. Post is requested to complete this Blue Lantern
check within 45 days. Lack of response to a Blue Lantern
check will affect pending and future licenses involving
parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: Due to the sensitivity of the
equipment and the potential for their diversion or misuse,
the Department of State and the Department of Defense have
policies of carefully scrutinizing NVD export licenses and
taking steps to ensure proper end-use. Provisos attached
to these licenses obligate the end-user to secure the NVDs
from loss, theft, or unauthorized access, and to perform
routine inventory checks by serial number. These records
are to be made available for review upon US Government
request. Post is requested to make appropriate inquiries
to confirm continued possession by the Colombian Army of
the NVDs, to determine the serial numbers of the NVDs, and
to verify that all NVDs are secure and being used only for
the purpose stated on the license. Department requests
that post conduct a site visit, if possible, in order to
gather and verify this information. If a site visit is
not possible, please obtain official written confirmation
of receipt and possession and inform PM/DTCC case officer.

4. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:

DTC Case: 050032015

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

547 AN/AVS-14 night vision monocular, Gen III with standard
accessories, FOM not to exceed 1250

License Value: USD 2,284,520.00

COMMENT: According to U.S. Customs data, these NVDs were
exported to Colombia on the following dates:
372 units on July 31, 2007
11 units on August 4, 2007
50 units on September 3, 2007
141 units on October 19, 2007
END COMMENT

SELLER:

Nightline, Inc.
10705 SW 104 St
Miami, FL 33176
Company contact: Cris Bartolomeo, tel.: 423-727-5900

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Deposito Habilitado
Batallon de Abastecimientos del Ejecito Nacional
Calle 103 Carrera 11B
Bogota
Colombia

FOREIGN END-USER:

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
Ejercito Nacional
Bogota
Colombia

PURPOSE:

Will be used exclusively by the Colombian Army for counter
narcotics operations, border patrol and anti-terrorist
operations.

5. Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC can fax documentation to
post upon request):

--Contract (Contrato de Compraventa) No. 106/06 RO-MDN-EJC
between the Ejercito Nacional and Nightline, Inc., signed by
Juan Manuel Santos C., Ministro de Defensa Nacional, and
by Carlos Fidel Fajardo Castillo, Representatante Legal de
IMDICOL Ltda, Apoderada en Colombia de Nightline Inc.,
undated

--End User Certification Form from Ejercito Nacional,
contract/purchase order No. 106/06 RO-MDN-EJC, signed by
Ricardo A. Vargas Briceno, Brigadier General, Chief
Logistics, Colombian Army, undated

--Nontransfer and Use Certificate (Form DSP-83), signed by
Ricardo A. Vargas Briceno, Brigadier General, Chief
Logistics, Colombian Army, dated 15 January 2007; and by
MG Carlos Lemus Pedraza, Second Comandante Colombian Army,
dated 15 January 2007

6. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. PM/DTCC can fax documentation to post upon
request. POC is Tim Mazzarelli, Phone: 202-663-3867; Email:
MazzarelliTP@state.gov; SIPRNET: MazzarelliTP@state.sgov.gov.
The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is available as a PDF file
in the Bunche Library's E-Book Collection on the DOS
Intranet: http://buncheelectroniclibrary.state.gov/eboo ks/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%20 final .pdf

7. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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