S E C R E T MUSCAT 001186
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, NEA/ARPI, NEA/EX
DEPT ALSO FOR DS/DSS/OSAC, DS/DSS/CC, CA/OCS
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 07/27/2005
REF: A. MUSCAT 1167
Classified By: Ambassador Richard L. Baltimore III.
Â¶1. (SBU) The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core
Emergency Action Committee (EAC) on July 27 to review the
Embassy's security posture prior to the local weekend.
Members noted no substantive changes in the local security
environment since the last meeting. Accordingly, the EAC
agreed that the Embassy's already heightened security posture
and force protection condition (FPCON) remain appropriate.
Â¶2. (S/NF) On July 27, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of
the core EAC to review the Embassy's security posture prior
to the local weekend. The meeting opened with a discussion
of the local security situation, which the EAC continued to
characterize as stable. RMAS went on to lead a discourse on
two separate streams of recent Gulf-wide threat reporting and
their possible relationship to Oman (reference B). The EAC
did not, however, note new specific threat information.
Â¶3. (SBU) In conjunction with a review of community events,
DAO raised the approaching visits of the USAV LTG William B.
Bunker to the Port of Salalah on August 5, and the USS Hawes
(FFG-53) to Port Sultan Qaboos from August 13-16. Force
protection and security for the ship visits is being
coordinated directly with the Royal Oman Police (Coast Guard)
by DAO and NCIS personnel.
Â¶4. (SBU) Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO reiterated
that, despite the relative calm, members of the EAC must
continue reinforcing to both their staffs and family members
the need for vigilance regarding all aspects of personal
security - to include maintaining a low profile, and
remaining unpredictable and situationally aware. RSO further
re-emphasized the importance of immediately reporting all
suspicious activity or security-related incidents to Post One.
Â¶5. (S/NF) Having carefully considered recent threat
reporting, the EAC concluded that there have been no
substantive changes in the local security environment since
the last meeting, held on July 23 (reftel A), and that the
Embassy's already heightened security posture and FPCON
remain appropriate. Embassy Muscat remains acutely aware of
the need to monitor both the regional and local security and
threat environments, and is prepared to take the necessary
countermeasures should changes to either occur. AMB, P/E
(Duty Officer), A/MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, PAO, DAO, OMC (USDR),
and ECA (USCENTAF) participated in the meeting.