Some parts of the world are more dangerous than others – and
in places where weapons of mass destruction have been used, it can be downright
scary. The good news is that those are the places where DTRA/SCC-WMD focuses on
to make sure WMD are not used on – or transported through – any country that is
an ally or partner of the U.S.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan shares its western border
with Syria and Iraq, two countries where WMD have either been used recently, or
where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) operates. Because ISIL
and other extremist groups have tried to acquire or use chemical weapons,
DTRA/SCC-WMD worked with Jordan to enhance their border security – and Jordan’s
refurbished and modernized Border Security Operations Center is a great example
of how we are Making the World Safer from weapons of mass destruction.
Officially known as the Border Security Maintenance,
Sustainment and Security Operations Center, this state-of-the-art facility is
the result of an ongoing partnership between the U.S. and the Hashemite Kingdom
of Jordan to protect the country from WMD, and prevent WMD from being smuggled
through Jordan to targets in the Middle East, Europe and beyond. In addition to
the actual facility, this project also includes personnel training, equipment
upgrades, infrastructure upgrades and practical exercises.
DTRA/SCC-WMD and Jordan continue to work on finding
solutions to counter the threat posed by WMD. DTRA Deputy Director Maj. Gen.
John Horner, joining Jordan’s Royal Highness Prince Feisal and Jordan’s Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Vice Chairman, Maj. Gen. Ziad Hamdy AL-Majaly for the center’s
opening ceremony, put it best: “This effort will mitigate a national security
risk, which immediately impacts the region and contributes to global security.
We look forward to continue building our strong partnership on a wide range of
issues focused on countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,
ultimately making the Kingdom of Jordan, the surrounding region, and the world
a safer place.”