On the 19th of September Lee Moroney, Project Manager at Golden West Humanitarian Foundation and Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn of the, General Department of Materials and Technical of the Ministry of National Defense, organized a seminar on Arms Security and Management for executive level officers from the Military and Gendarmerie in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In attendance were over 16 One to Four Star Generals who are the key decision makers within their commands.
After a welcome address from H.E. General Phoung Siphan, Under Secretary of State Ministry of National Defence, Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn shared on the recent history of efforts in Cambodia for arms control and security and then presented highlights from his trip to Croatia where he attended the Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) workshop in May of this year. Focus was put on the important benefits of regional cooperation for Arms Control and Disarmament, for which there is a much-needed focus within the ASEAN context.
The remainder of the morning presentations was focused on the core emphasis of the seminar “Ammunition Life Cycle Management – Surveillance and in-service proof”. Much interest was given to the presentations made by Lee Moroney on the importance of ammunition and explosive surveillance and in-service proof as an integral process for good life cycle management. This ultimately enhances the safe storage practices in accordance with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) that help to prevent Unplanned Explosions in Munitions Sites (UEMS) and the illicit diversion of ammunition and explosives. With the support from the United States Department of State, Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA), the next project year shall continue to work on the capacity building of the practitioners to allow them to conduct the practices presented during the seminar.