On January 29 the U.S. Embassy and Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) signed agreements for a land border project that will improve the command and control, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection, surveillance, and enforcement capabilities of the Georgian Border Police (GBP) along Georgia’s green border sectors.
The requirement agreements, signed by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation Prevention Program (WMD-PPP) and Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs Land Border Defense Department, cover two key efforts of the land border project: surveillance and border sector construction.
The first outlines surveillance system requirements at the Sadakhlo border sector, designed to ensure the U.S.-provided surveillance system integrates with MoIA’s Border Observation Management System.
The second outlines construction and renovation requirements. WMD-PPP will construct two new border sectors at Keda (Georgia-Turkey border) and Kasumlo (Georgia-Armenia border), as well as build a new administrative/training facility and renovate existing dog kennels for the GBP K9 department at the Lilo Center.
The WMD-PPP Land Border Project was awarded at the end September 2015 and will be completed by the end of March 2017. This is a follow-on effort from the previous maritime project between WMD-PPP and the Georgian Coast Guard.