Viewing cable 05MUSCAT361
Title: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 03/02/2005

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05MUSCAT3612005-03-02 09:34:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Muscat
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S E C R E T MUSCAT 000361 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, DS/DSS/CC, DS/DSS/OSAC, 
CA/OCS, NEA/EX, NEA/ARPI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 
TAGS: AEMR ASEC AMGT PTER CASC KHLS MU EAC
SUBJECT: EMBASSY MUSCAT EAC - 03/02/2005 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 0323 
 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 34102 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission William R. Stewart. 
Reason: 1.4(c). 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  (SBU)  The Ambassador chaired a meeting of the core 
Emergency Action Committee March 2 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 FPCON 
remain appropriate.  End Summary. 
 
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Security Environment 
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¶2.  (S/NF)  On March 2, the Ambassador chaired a meeting of 
the core Emergency Action Committee ("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. 
 While the EAC noted no/no new threat reporting specific to 
Oman, RSO did raise recent reporting which indicates that 
al-Qaida continues seeking to enhance its capabilities to 
carry out attacks against U.S. interests, including the 
Homeland (reftel B). 
 
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Emergency Preparedness 
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¶3.  (SBU)  Members of the EAC also commented on the success 
of the unannounced Embassy-wide internal defense/emergency 
destruction drill held on February 27.  The EAC agreed that 
in an effort to maintain forward momentum, an Embassy-wide 
fire drill should be conducted in the coming weeks.  Although 
the date of the fire drill will not be announced, RSO 
confirmed that his office will re-publish evacuation 
procedures and an updated office warden notice. 
 
¶4.  (SBU)  On a related note, DCM discussed his recent 
walk-through of the Embassy's Alternate Command Center (ACC), 
located at the Marine Security Guard Quarters.  Drawing on 
lessons learned from a recent Crisis Management Exercise, the 
Embassy will begin "testing" its ACC in conjunction with 
future Embassy-wide drills. 
 
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Sustained Vigilance 
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¶5.  (SBU)  Prior to concluding the meeting, RSO highlighted 
reftel B's reminder that the terrorist threat posed by 
al-Qaida is an enduring one, and that as a result, members of 
the EAC must continue reinforcing to both their staffs and 
family members the need for vigilance regarding all aspects 
of personal security.  RSO also reiterated the importance of 
immediately reporting all suspicious activity or 
security-related incidents to Post One. 
 
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EAC Conclusion 
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¶6.  (S/NF)  The EAC concluded that there have been no 
substantive changes in previously reported assessments of the 
local security environment since the last meeting held on 
February 26 (reftel A).  Accordingly, members agreed 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.  ABM, DCM, 
MGT, RSO, ARSO, RMAS, CONS, DAO, OMC (USDR), and ECA 
(USCENTAF) participated in the meeting. 
BALTIMORE