U.S. Department of State Deploys Quick Reaction Force to Tanzania
During the past two months, the QRF, which operates under contract with DynCorp International, provided training and technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania and the Tanzanian People’s Defense Forces in the identification and clearance of unexploded ordnance from neighboring residential areas. The close proximity of civilian populations to the blast site made the clearance of residual explosive ordnance extremely challenging. The Government of Tanzania is continuing to investigate the cause of the incident.
The State Department’s QRF is a deployable team of conventional weapons destruction experts that works in concert with U.S. Embassies and host nations to respond to critical risks posed by explosive remnants of war, including cluster munitions, landmines and other types of explosive hazards. The QRF complements international humanitarian operations and post-conflict stability initiatives in the host nation, allowing them to proceed unhindered by the presence of explosive hazards.
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages the QRF, humanitarian mine action programs (clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, survivor assistance, mine risk education) and conventional weapons destruction programs worldwide. More information is available at www.state.gov/t/pm/wra.