Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management Mobile Education Team Travels to Kazakhstan
Dr. Brandt, Craig M., Dr. Ahles, Mark T., DISAM Journal
With the increased foreign policy emphasis on Central Asia following September 11, 2001, it was only a matter of time before the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) was asked to play its small part in bolstering the security relations between the U.S. and the nations of that region. As part of the U.S. efforts in the region, DISAM was asked by U.S. Central Command to rapidly deploy a training team to Almaty, Kazakhstan to train the Kazakh military on U.S. security cooperation programs and procedures.
Lieutenant Colonel William Lahue, USA, Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Almaty, requested the mobile education team (MET) to train the largest possible number of Kazakh personnel as rapidly as possible on the policies and procedures involved in U.S. security cooperation efforts. Lieutenant Colonel Lahue, and his budget and training officer, Zhalgas Ospanov, met with DISAM at the CENTCOM training program management review (TPMR) late last spring to make specific arrangements for the course.
Based upon growing cooperative efforts with a variety of nations, Lieutenant Colonel Lahue explained, the Kazakh military had recently established an office to deal specifically with international issues. The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) wanted training for officers assigned to that office, military logistics and training officers from all services, and for senior defense procurement personnel. The goal of the training was an emphasis on proper management of U.S. security assistance funds so that Kazakhs could properly prepare to manage these resources within their overall defense budget. Lieutenant Colonel Lahue also requested that DISAM assist in installation and training of the International Training Management System (I-TMS) software. Use of I-TMS would allow the Kazakh forces to better work with the ODC in management of their growing International Military Education and Training (IMET) program.
Initial DISAM team members Dr. Mark Ahles and Mr. Bob Hanseman arrived in Almaty on July 31st. They worked with the ODC in installing and training the I-TMS software in the Ministry of Defense's new Center for International Programs. …