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Political-Military Section
 

The Political-Military Section at the US Embassy advises the Ambassador on political-military aspects of the bilateral relationship between the United States and the Republic of Turkey, and has primary responsibility in promoting bilateral cooperation to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.  Working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, the Turkish General Staff, Parliament, the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation the Defense Attaché Office and the embassy’s Political Section, the section aims to enhance bilateral political-military ties, and report on political-military developments in Turkey and the region that may impact U.S.-Turkey relations.  The section oversees the $800,000 Export Control and related Border Security (EXBS) Program

The Pol/Mil Counselor oversees the section, which includes a Deputy Counselor, a Political/Military Officer, an office manager, and the EXBS program advisor and manager.  One officer concentrates on bilateral military cooperation with Turkey and manages the defense aspects of the Defense and Economic Cooperation Agreement, a bilateral agreement which establishes guidelines for the U.S. military presence in Turkey.  Another officer focuses on fostering close cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey in advancing our shared objectives in NATO, such as supporting stability in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Balkans and counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.   

EXBS Provides Radiation Interdiction Training to Turkish Law Enforcement Agencies

October 12, 2011
EXBS Provides Radiation Interdiction Training to Turkish Law Enforcement Agencies

EXBS Provides Radiation Interdiction Training to Turkish Law Enforcement Agencies

EXBS Provides Radiation Interdiction Training to Turkish Law Enforcement Agencies

EXBS Provides Radiation Interdiction Training to Turkish Law Enforcement Agencies

Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS), US Embassy Ankara, sponsored and escorted a Turkish delegation to the US Department of Energy’s, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s “ Interdict Radiation Academy “ at the Hammer Facility in Richland, Washington, September 26-30. The 20 participants, representing the Turkish national Police, the Integrated Border management Bureau, Turkish Customs, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, the Gendarmarie Smuggling and Organized Crime Department, Turkish Coast Guard, and the Ministry of National Defense, were trained in the methods and technology used to detect, investigate and interdict radioactive materials, fissile material, dual use commodities, biological and chemical weapons, and their delivery systems. The week long training provided the participants with both classroom presentations and hands on exercises where they used various detection tools and technology to identify and interdict concealed radioactive sources in passenger, vehicle and cargo scenarios. 

The participants demonstrated their abilities in conducting thorough examinations of the various cargos and conveyances and quickly became comfortable in utilizing the examination technology and protocols to safely detect, identify and interdict the radiation sources. The participants indicated that many of the tools and technology utilized in conducting the training exercises are being used by their fellow officers in Turkey.
 

Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS), US Embassy Ankara, sponsored and escorted a Turkish delegation to the US Department of Energy’s, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s “ Interdict Radiation Academy “ at the Hammer Facility in Richland, Washington, September 26-30. The 20 participants, representing the Turkish national Police, the Integrated Border management Bureau, Turkish Customs, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, the Gendarmarie Smuggling and Organized Crime Department, Turkish Coast Guard, and the Ministry of National Defense, were trained in the methods and technology used to detect, investigate and interdict radioactive materials, fissile material, dual use commodities, biological and chemical weapons, and their delivery systems. The week long training provided the participants with both classroom presentations and hands on exercises where they used various detection tools and technology to identify and interdict concealed radioactive sources in passenger, vehicle and cargo scenarios. 


The participants demonstrated their abilities in conducting thorough examinations of the various cargos and conveyances and quickly became comfortable in utilizing the examination technology and protocols to safely detect, identify and interdict the radiation sources. The participants indicated that many of the tools and technology utilized in conducting the training exercises are being used by their fellow officers in Turkey.