2016 To Walk the Earth in Safety: East Asia and Pacific--Other U.S. Support

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

From October 2014 through December 2015, the U.S. government contributed $734,000 for CWD in other East Asia and Pacific countries. The Department of State did not fund activities in these countries, but the Department of Defense funded several initiatives.

Philippines: USPACOM sent military EOD personnel to conduct survey, marking, and mapping of UXO-contaminated land; clearance of UXO; quality assurance and control; first-responder medical training; and program assessments. The OHDACA appropriation funded humanitarian mine action activities, as well as supplies, travel, equipment, and services.

Thailand: HD R&D provided funds for new technology and continued technology operations. In partnership with the Thailand Mine Action Center, HD R&D initiated an evaluation of the Remote Monitoring Station and continued evaluations of the Quadcopter remote monitoring system, Wolverine Vegetation Cutter, and the Mini MineWolf, an earth tilling system capable of clearing anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. The Mini MineWolf opens access lanes for manual deminers and conducts technical survey of large areas of suspected minefields. To date, Mini MineWolf cleared 230,000 square meters (57 acres) and encountered 640 mines and pieces of UXO.

USPACOM deployed military EOD personnel to Thailand to conduct infrastructure development at national mine action agencies; survey, marking, and mapping of UXO-contaminated land; clearance of UXO; quality assurance and control; first-responder medical training; and program assessments. The OHDACA appropriation funded humanitarian mine action activities, as well as supplies, travel, equipment, and services.