Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US Army weighing cache in Cambodia




US Army weighing cache in Cambodia

US Army weighing cache in Cambodia

The US Army is currently considering Cambodia as a possible host for some of its extensive stockpiles of equipment kept overseas, known as “prepositioned stocks”.

While such stocks can be placed to facilitate rapid regional deployment, and to foster bilateral and regional military cooperation, the US Army Pacific director of public affairs, Colonel Rumi Nielson-Green, said yesterday that any equipment stored in Cambodia would be “primarily related to disaster response and mitigation”.

Cambodia is one of four countries, alongside Bangladesh, Malaysia and Vietnam, being considered as potential new hosts for caches of equipment, roughly large enough to supply an entire unit, known as “activity sets”.

There is currently no agreement in place between Cambodia and the United States over the US Army storing such supplies in the Kingdom, and Nielson-Green was keen to stress the consultative process that would be involved prior to any decision. “The content of any future activity set would conform to the desires and needs of the accepting country and would be stored in accordance with host nation rules.”

According to a report in Defense News, the US Army’s consideration of these new locations is a response to its tightened budget. The strategic placement of activity sets promises to cut down the time and cost of rapid deployments.

MOST VIEWED

  • Migrant workers stranded in Malaysia plead to return

    Some Cambodian migrant workers stuck in Malaysia after flights were cancelled in April said they received some support from the Cambodian embassy, but they are looking forward to returning home because work is scarce. Ham Saly from Kampong Cham told The Post on Thursday that

  • PM marks Int’l Children Day with call for improvements in welfare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has issued a six-point message on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of International Children’s Day on June 1, Cambodian Children’s Day, also on June 1 and the 19th anniversary of the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12. In a

  • Wing teams up with the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank to assist Smes, agri-businesses

    Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank and the Agricultural and Rural Development Bank of Cambodia (ARDB) on Wednesday partnered to provide all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and agriculture businesses in the Kingdom with easy financial access. With this partnership, ARDB customers will be able to

  • Drivers told to renew licence

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol called on citizens operating vehicles with expired driving licenses and vehicle inspection certificates to renew them or they would be fined. Chanthol said some driver’s licenses have expired for eight years. He also said drivers without

  • Call for end to tabacco adverts aimed at youth

    The NGO Cambodia Movement for Health (CMH) on Thursday urged the government to take stricter measures to implement the Law on Tobacco Control, claiming that some tobacco companies continue to flout the law by targeting underage consumers. CMH said in a Wednesday press release that

  • Private school parents petition for lower fees

    Parents and guardians of students at the private CIA FIRST International School plan to submit a petition asking Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene in their ongoing tuition dispute. The parents, who have been protesting school costs for weeks, now want the price of online