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1111 Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout convicted in the USA

Jane's Intelligence Weekly, Date Posted: 03-Nov-2011

Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, centre, arrives in the United States in November 2010 to face trial, having been extradicted from Thailand.
Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout was convicted in the United States on 2 November of attempting to supply a terrorist organisation with illegal weapons.

The jury found that Bout had conspired to sell 100 Russian Igla surface-to-air missiles, 20,000 assault rifles and 10 million rounds of ammunition to insurgent group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Bout was arrested in Thailand on 6 March 2008 while trying to set up this deal. However, the presumed FARC buyers who attended the string of meetings held in Curaçao, Copenhagen and Bucharest to arrange the deal were actually undercover agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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1111 Libya stockpiles

Date Posted: 04-Nov-2011, Jane's Defence Weekly

Libya facing disarmament challenge amid pressure to secure stockpiles

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was in Libya on 2 November to add his voice to the international chorus of concern about the unsecured weapons stockpiles and the possibility that they could fall into insurgent hands.

As the international community focused on the arsenals of deposed leader Moammar Ghadaffi, the country's transitional government struggled to persuade the various militias and armed groups to disarm.

Ban's visit followed a resolution 2017 passed unanimously on 31 October by the UN Security Council for Libya to quickly secure the stockpiles of conventional weapons left behind by Ghadaffi's forces.

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1103 OSCE decision surplus ammunition

OSCE decision to prevent surplus ammunition falling into wrong hands

VIENNA, 23 March 2011 – The 56 OSCE participating States today adopted a decision that aims to prevent surplus, expired or obsolete conventional ammunition from ending up in the hands of criminal or terrorist groups.

The decision, the first of its kind internationally, recommends destruction as the preferred method of disposal of such ammunition. In addition to preventing illegal trade of the ammunition, destruction also eliminates the risk of injuries or fatalities that could be caused by exploding ammunition.

OSCE website link

DTRA Efforts to Reduce Stockpile Threats

DTRA PSSM Global Efforts to Reduce Stockpile Threats
by John Schmitt [ Defense Threat Reduction Agency ]

While international efforts to reduce the amount of military-grade weapons among civilian populations are increasing, the storage, security and management of the resulting weapon stockpiles present a new set of challenges and dangers.

The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency has a lead role within the U.S. government in making sure the solution to one problem does not create another.

How do you motivate a nation to seriously address a stockpile of increasingly old, unstable and useless conventional ammunition?

FULL ARTICLE HERE

DTRA Efforts to Reduce Stockpile Threats

DTRA PSSM Global Efforts to Reduce Stockpile Threats

by John Schmitt [ Defense Threat Reduction Agency ]

While international efforts to reduce the amount of military-grade weapons among civilian populations are increasing, the storage, security and management of the resulting weapon stockpiles present a new set of challenges and dangers.

The United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency has a lead role within the U.S. government in making sure the solution to one problem does not create another.

How do you motivate a nation to seriously address a stockpile of increasingly old, unstable and useless conventional ammunition?

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