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US sends five Gambian officials on WMD training

Sep 24, 2013, 10:41 AM

On Sunday, 22 September, five Gambian officials departed for Accra, Ghana, for a weeklong training course focusing on proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

The officials are representing the Gambian Armed Forces, Gambia Police Force, Gambia Immigration Department, National Drug Enforcement Agency, and Gambia Customs.

The US Department of Defense-funded course is comprised of approximately 40 mid-level officers from West African nations including The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger and Senegal. 

The course will address both state proliferation and non-state actor proliferation, examining the key differences in scale and intent. 

The participants will be afforded the opportunity to examine the mechanics of modern proliferation, how proliferation networks succeed, and the spectrum of activities that require constant surveillance and observation if proliferation is to be detected, disrupted, or dismantled.

The course aims to increase the capacity of Gambian law enforcement and military to interdict WMDs.