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5 January, 2015

Professor Garrett Clayton, Villanova University College of Engineering, and a group of senior mechanical engineering students travelled to Cambodia to conduct field trials of the prototype Low-Cost EOD Response Robot. This robot was developed in cooperation with the Golden West Design Lab (Phnom Penh) in a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA).  The Engineering Education Partnership (EEP) is an initiative funded by PM/WRA with the dual goals of providing contextual STEM educational opportunities to U.S. engineering students and exposing the field of humanitarian explosive ordnance remediation to fresh new ideas.

Arriving in early January 2015, this was the third year that Prof. Clayton’s students have tested a prototype robot at Golden West’s Applied Technology and Training Center (Kampong Chhnang province). After successful field tests, the team determined the robotic platform was ready to undergo redesign for production.  It is expected that the Low-Cost EOD Robot will be available for purchase in Q2, 2016 and will sell for under $10,000 USD.

On the 2nd of December Lee Moroney, Project Manager at Golden West Humanitarian Foundation and Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn, of General Department Of Materials And Technical of Ministry Of National Defence, organised a seminar on Arms Control and Disarmament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In attendance were over 25 senior officers from the Cambodian Military and Police forces. After a welcome address from General Chau Phirun, Lieutenant General Son Kimsorn gave a brief history of the last 30 years of arms control within Cambodia. Lee Moroney followed with briefings on global initiatives for arms control and disarmament followed by a case study regarding the success achieved with arms control in the Balkans (RACVIAC & RASR).

The afternoon began with a presentation from H.E. Chan Rotha, Deputy Secretary General of the Cambodian Mind Action and Victim Authority (CMAA) on Cambodia’s involvement in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty (APMBT). Mr. Fred Lubang from Non-Violence International South-east Asia spoke on the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law regarding munitions and provided an introduction to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). The day was concluded with Lee Moroney explaining best practices in Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM). The conference was the first of its kind as collaboration between civil society and the Cambodian Military, and provided a forum to discuss potential improvements to Cambodian PSSM efforts and further enhanced the understanding of senior decision makers on “disarmament as humanitarian action”.