Approximately 29 representatives from the Ministry of Defense, National Security Service, Armenian Rescue Service, Police Department, Customs Committee, Ministry of Health, and Prosecutor General's Office attended the course. This was the latest of several training sessions conducted in Armenia over the past five years as part of the US Department of Defense's International Counter-Proliferation Program.
The "Terrorism and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction" course will help Armenia continue to develop its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) response capability. The primary objective of the training session is to educate participants about the links between terrorism and WMD proliferation by examining recent global trends and studying preventative methods. The course will focus on understanding the nexus between WMD and terrorism, combating WMD and terrorism, and avenues for prevention.
The DOD's Counter-Proliferation Program provides training and equipment for law enforcement and border security entities in the Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the Baltic States.
The program's goals are to assist in the establishment of professional law enforcement and border security personnel and to help countries develop appropriate laws, legislation, and enforcement mechanisms related to counter-proliferation. In addition, the program aims to establish a long-term and mutually beneficial working relationship between US agencies and the law enforcement and border security agencies of participating countries.
By Armenian Public Radio