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Cablegate: Psi: Update to Invitation to Attend Psi Exercise

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 10 STATE 119211

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MNUC PARM PREL KNNP MO XD XF XG XI ZK ZR AS AR NZ
SUBJECT: PSI: UPDATE TO INVITATION TO ATTEND PSI EXERCISE
LEADING EDGE 2010

REF: STATE 84305

SUMMARY AND ACTION REQUEST
--------------------------

1. We wish to update all addressees about the upcoming
US-UAE hosted PSI Exercise LEADING EDGE2010 and invite
them to participate in or observe selected phases.
This cable also provides logistical information
regarding travel, billeting, and registration
requirements. In addition, the exercise planners would
like to inform partners that the Final Planning
Conference in UAE has been rescheduled to take
place 14-16 December in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2. PSI exercise LEADING EDGE will take place in UAE,
25-28 January, 2010. Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Jordan,
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, UAE, Yemen,
Djibouti, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, and Afghanistan
have endorsed the Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) Statement of Interdiction Principles and are
encouraged to participate. Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan
and India are invited to observe all parts of the
exercise. A key aspect of the Initiative is its exercise
program that provides opportunities to practice
WMD-related interdiction actions, network with
international counterparts, and share best practices.

3. LEADING EDGE 2010 is a USCENTCOM-hosted and USG
Interagency (IA)-supported multinational PSI exercise
designed to develop WMD interdiction capabilities with
partner nations to deter and disrupt illicit transfers
of WMD-related material, technology, expertise and
equipment, to include addressing the challenges of
suspect material inspection, seizure, and disposition.
The goals of Exercise LEADING EDGE 2010 are to exercise
internal USG/USCENTCOM WMD-related interdiction
decision-making processes, increase regional capability
and support for PSI, and explore critical

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post-interdiction issues in the customs, law enforcement
and legal arenas. LEADING EDGE 2010 will take place in
Abu Dhabi, UAE on 25-28 January, 2010. The exercise
consists of three parts. Part 1 is a GCC multinational
ship boarding field training exercise to demonstrate
boarding, search and seizure capabilities and to share
best practices with participants from Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and UAE. Part 2, designed
by the Department of Homeland Security / Customs & Border
Protection (DHS/CBP), is a port exercise (PORTEX) to
demonstrate customs/law enforcement capabilities and
technologies used to identify and seize cargo of
proliferation concern, build a professional partnership
among customs and law enforcement personnel, and learn
about port and vessel operational issues from industry
representatives. Part 3 consists of a table top
exercise (TTX), which will examine legal authorities
for interdiction, detention, seizure, and disposition
under port-state and customs/law enforcement control
and identify seams and gaps in legal authorities that
may require further national action. Parts 2 and 3
are open to full participation from all PSI-endorsing
nations addressed on the "TO" line.

4. Posts are encouraged to distribute the information
to host government ministries involved in
international security-related decision-making,
nonproliferation, and export controls (to include
international and customs law, operational intelligence,
law enforcement and customs operations, border security,
international trade and finance, exercise planning, and
policy/diplomacy communities). Posts are requested to
draw from the points in paragraph 10 in discussions with
appropriate host government officials and to encourage
host government participation in PSI exercise Leading
Edge 2010; para 10 and para 11, which contains
logistical information, may be left as a non-paper.
In addition, if the invited government asks about travel
funding, please contact the CENTCOM POC below. USCENTCOM
has a limited amount of funding available to provide
airfare for foreign military and government officials
if a country cannot otherwise fund their travel. The
government of UAE has graciously offered to provide
lodging, subsistence, and local transportation for
invited participant and observer nations.

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5. U.S. Central Command AOR countries have already
received an official invitation to participate (BAH,
KUW, OMN, QAT, SAU) or observe (IRQ, SAU, YEM, EGP,
JOR, LEB, AFG, KAZ, KYR, PAK, TAJ, TUR, UZB) in
LEADING EDGE 2010, from Commander U.S. Central Command.
The distinction between participant and observer in
the Central Command invitation letters refers only to
Part 1 of the exercise (GCC multinational ship boarding
field training exercise). A subsequent letter of
Modification from Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy,
U.S. Central Command, announced a date change for the
exercise from October 2009 to January 2010. Invited
PSI-endorsing nations are encouraged to participate
in Parts 2 and 3 of the exercise by sending TTX
playing teams consisting of 3 to 5 experts from the
customs/law enforcement, legal (customs and/or law of
the sea/ship boarding), and operational (maritime law
enforcement or Ministry of Defense) communities.
Participating countries may also observe Part 1.
Any country unable to send a full TTX playing team
may be involved in the TTX as part of a larger
multinational team that the hosts will organize.
The Government of UAE also intends to issue official
invitations to regional partners and select other
nations to participate in or observe the exercise.

6. FOR EMBASSIES CANBERRA, PARIS, LONDON, WELLINGTON,
OTTAWA, WARSAW, TOKYO, BUENOS AIRES, LISBON, MADRID,
ATHENS, THE HAGUE BERLIN, OSLO, ROME, MOSCOW,
SINGAPORE, ANKARA, AND COPENHAGEN ONLY.
For PSI Operational Experts Group (OEG) countries,
exercise planners would like to reach out to customs
and law enforcement experts to fill the following
desired roles: 1) Full or mixed country playing team
as part of the table top exercise January 27-28, 2010;
2) Exercise Control technical expertise for the table
top exercise; 3) PORTEX demonstration of portable or
hand-held inspection equipment January 26, 2010.
If a full playing team is not feasible, OEG partners
are encouraged to send 1 or 2 experts to either assist
on exercise control by lending their expertise and/or
providing a technology demonstration during the PORTEX
(Part 2) of the exercise.


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7. In order for LEADING EDGE 2010 exercise planners to
accurately determine the number of personnel attending
the exercise, posts are requested to identify and help
coordinate the participation and registration of host
country's participants or observers no later than 28
December 2009. For CENTCOM AOR countries (BAH, KUW,
OMN, QAT, IRQ, SAU, YEM, EGP, JOR, LEB, AFG, KAZ, KYR,
IND, PAK, TAJ, TUR, UZB), the CENTCOM USLO is the
primary contact with USCENTCOM POC for coordination of
the registration process. For all others, post is
requested to designate DAO/DATT/ODC or Customs
Attach POC to work with USCENTCOM and DHS/CBP POCs
for coordination of the registration process.

8. Registration Process: Access the Joint Training
Information Management System (JTIMS) homepage at
http://64.124.158.32/jtims. You will see the standard
JTIMS login page. In the Public View box below the
login box select COCOM as the organization type.
A new menu will appear. Select CENTCOM as the user
group and then also as the subordinate group.
The exercise title will then appear on the page.
Select it and click on "milestones". Put a checkmark
in the far right box and click on the word "register"
just below it. Fill the appropriate information for
your host nation's military and civilian government
officials that will attend the exercise and then click
save at the bottom of the screen. Where applicable,
also include information on U.S. personnel attending
or escorting foreign nationals to LEADING EDGE 10.
Exercise information, papers, and briefs will also
be posted to this site to assist your country's
participants with preparing for the exercise prior
to arrival in UAE. UAE exercise planners will also
establish an exercise website resident with a link
to the JTIMS site mentioned above. It will include
airport arrival coordination and transportation
information. The URL for the UAE website will be
disseminated as soon as the site is available.

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REPORTING DEADLINE AND POCS
---------------------------

9. All action addressees are requested to deliver

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the documents below to host governments by 24 November,
2009, and report delivery by 04 December, 2009.
Replies by email are acceptable but must be received
by POCs NLT 04 December, 2009. Points of contact are
Sean Pascoli (USCENTCOM CCJ7 Exercise Planner,
pascolsw@centcom.mil, 813-827-4074) for matters
pertaining to overall exercise planning and logistics,
Mike Perron (DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
202-344-2501, Michael.a.perron@dhs.gov) for matters
pertaining to Part 2 (PORTEX) and Part 3 (TTX) planning,
and Carlos Guzman (202-647-6320,
GuzmanCS@state.sgov.gov). CENTCOM and DHS POCs will
coordinate with post USLO, DATT/DAO/ODC, and CBP
Attach for coordination of registration and other
logistical arrangements. Please slug responses to
ISN/CPI, DHS/CBP, and to USCENTCOM. Embassies'
prompt action on this request is greatly appreciated.
Please also continue to report reactions as received.
End action request.

---------
NONPAPER
---------

10. Begin points/non-paper:

-- We value our close collaboration on many
nonproliferation issues and look forward to working
together to deepen our Proliferation Security
Initiative (PSI) cooperation.

-- On April 5, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic,
President Obama expressed his support for the PSI.
The USG is committed to making PSI a durable and
effective initiative over the long term by improving
states' capabilities to stop illicit shipments of
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), their delivery
systems, and related materials worldwide. The USG
views this effort as a collaborative endeavor among
PSI partners.

-- In keeping with our shared desire to prevent
WMD-related proliferation, we wish to inform you of
the upcoming U.S.-UAE hosted PSI Exercise, LEADING
EDGE 10, and invite you to participate.

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-- Exercises are a key component of the PSI. They
help states improve their WMD-related interdiction
capabilities and interagency decision-making processes.

-- PSI participants, including Middle East, Maghreb,
and Central Asia regional partners, are invited to
participate in the PSI Exercise LEADING EDGE 2010 to
work with other PSI-endorsing countries to further
develop and improve capabilities to stop shipments
of WMD, their delivery systems, and related materials
to and from states and non-state actors of
proliferation concern.

-- Exercise LEADING EDGE 2010 will be conducted in
the UAE from 25 to 28 January 2010 in three parts.

-- Part 1 is a multinational field training exercise to
demonstrate boarding, search and seizure capabilities
and share best practices. PSI-endorsing countries that
are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council are invited
to participate.

-- Part 2 is a port exercise (PORTEX) to demonstrate
customs/law enforcement capabilities and technology
used to identify and seize proliferation cargo; build
a professional partnership among customs and law
enforcement personnel; and learn about port and vessel
operational issues from industry representatives.

-- Phase 3 is a table top exercise (TTX) that will
examine legal authorities available for interdiction,
detention, seizure, and disposition under port-state
and customs/law enforcement control and identify seams
and gaps in legal authorities that may require further
national action.

-- For Part 3, PSI-endorsing nations are encouraged to
send playing teams consisting of 3 to 5 experts from
ministries involved in international security-related
decision-making, nonproliferation, and export controls
(to include international and customs law, operational
intelligence, law enforcement and customs operations,
military interdiction policy/processes, border security,
international trade and finance, exercise planning, and

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policy/diplomacy communities). Observer nations and
any country unable to send this team may still be
involved with every aspect of TTX play as part of a
larger multinational team.

-- We invite you to attend the exercise and seek your
decision to participate, preferably with representation
by appropriate officials described above.

-- The UAE will set up an Exercise LEADING EDGE 2010
website with a link to a USCENTCOM registration and
information site mentioned below. It will include
airport arrival coordination and transportation
information. The URL for the UAE website will be
disseminated as soon as the site is available.
All participants are encouraged to check both
websites often, as it will be used to post
materials related to the exercise.

-- (FOR Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia
Only):
For planning purposes, nations invited to participate
in Part 1 by CDR USCENTCOM with naval assets, boarding
teams, or related equipment, etc., should send 1 or 2
representatives to the LEADING EDGE Final Planning
Conference in UAE 14-16 December and should arrive no
later than 24 January 2010 for exercise execution.

-- For planning purposes, participants and observer
nations should arrive no later than 24 January 2010
for exercise execution.

-- We believe that your government's decision to
actively participate in PSI exercise LEADING EDGE
2010 would deepen (INSERT HOST COUNTRY NAME) regional
counter-proliferation cooperation, intensify your
participation in PSI, and strengthen your position
as a regional leader.

LOGISTICAL INFORMATION
----------------------

11. Begin text of logistical information for
Exercise LEADING EDGE 2010.


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Registration: To register for any part of PSI
Exercise LEADING EDGE 10, access the Joint Training
Information Management System (JTIMS) homepage at
http://64.124.158.32/jtims. You will see the standard
JTIMS login page. In the Public View box below the
login box select COCOM as the organization type.
A new menu will appear. Select CENTCOM as the user
group and then also as the subordinate group.
The exercise title will then appear on the page.
Select it and click on "milestones." Put a
checkmark in the far right box and click on the
word "register" just below it. Fill in the
appropriate information for your nation's military
and civilian government officials who will attend
the exercise and then click save at the bottom of
the screen. Exercise information, papers, and briefs
will also be posted to this site in order to assist
your country's attendees to adequately prepare for
the exercise prior to arrival in UAE.

If you cannot access the exercise website, contact
your local U.S. Embassy, provide an email address or
FAX number and the registration forms can be sent to
you. There is no registration fee for these events.

Visas: Please submit the required UAE visa application
form to your local or closest UAE Embassy or Consulate
as early as possible.

Agenda and Structure:

(FOR Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia
Only):
Final Planning Conference: GCC countries invited
to participate in Phase I of the exercise with naval
assets, boarding teams, or related equipment, etc.,
should send 1 or 2 representatives to the LEADING EDGE
2010 Final Planning Conference in UAE 14-16 December,
2009.

Exercise: LEADING EDGE 2010 exercise will be conducted
on 25-28 January 2010. Participants should arrive no
later than 24 January 2010 for exercise execution.

Delegation size and composition: We encourage

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governments to send delegations that represent the
ministries that are involved in international
security-related decision making. Typically,
delegations are comprised of 3-5 officials led
by a one-star equivalent government official, from
the Ministry of Defense or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Other government officials should represent those
ministries involved in international security-related
decision-making, nonproliferation, and export controls
(to include international and customs law, operational
intelligence, law enforcement and customs operations,
border security, international trade and finance,
exercise planning, and policy/diplomacy communities).

Location: Both the Final Planning Conference and the
Exercise will be held at the UAE Armed Forces Officers
Club (AFOC) in Abu Dhabi. LIVEX (Part I) and PORTEX
(Part II) will be held at the Mina Zayed port.
Official transportation will be provided to LIVEX and
PORTEX from the AFOC. The AFOC is located approximately
10 miles from the Abu Dhabi International Airport
(approximately 100 Dirhams for one-way taxi fare).

Accommodations: Delegates are encouraged to stay at the
Armed Forces Officer Club in Abu Dhabi. UAE organizers
have blocked rooms at a special rate (approximately $121
USD per night) for all exercise participants during the
period from December 13-17, 2009 and January 23-29, 2010.
We encourage participants to contact the exercise website
which includes directions and local information.

Hotel Registration: The dedicated exercise websites
have additional and important details about the exercise,
including instructions necessary for reserving hotel
rooms at the special rate (see above). All participants
are encouraged to check the website often, as it will
be used to post the latest information and other
materials related to the exercise.

Meals: LEADING EDGE 2010 exercise venues will include
breakfast, luncheon, snacks and beverages.

Attire:

For the Final Planning Conference

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Military: Working Uniform
Civilian: Business attire

For the exercise
Military: Working Uniform
Civilian:
LIVEX and PORTEX: collared shirt without jacket and tie
TTX: Business attire

Working language: The official working languages during
the events will be English and Arabic.

Points of contact are Sean Pascoli (USCENTCOM CCJ7
Exercise Planner,pascolsw@centcom.mil, 813-827-4074)
for matters pertaining to overall exercise planning
and logistics, Mike Perron (DHS/U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, 202-344-2501,
Michael.a.perron@dhs.gov) for matters pertaining to
PORTEX AND TTX planning and execution, and Carlos
Guzman (202-647-6320, GuzmanCS@state.sgov.gov).

End logistical information. End Points/Nonpaper.
CLINTON

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