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06BANGKOK350 BRIGADIER GENERAL ALLEN’S MEETING WITH SENIOR ROYAL THAI SUPREME COMMAND CHIEF OF JOINT STAFF

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“50079”,”1/19/2006 10:01″,”06BANGKOK350″,

“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,””,

“This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

 

“,”C O N F I D E N T I A L BANGKOK 000350

 

SIPDIS

 

SIPDIS

 

OSD/ISA FOR ALLEN/POWERS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/17/2016

TAGS: PREL, TH, POL/MIL

SUBJECT: BRIGADIER GENERAL ALLEN’S MEETING WITH SENIOR

ROYAL THAI SUPREME COMMAND CHIEF OF JOINT STAFF

 

Classified By: CHARGE D\’AFFAIRES ALEX A. ARVIZU FOR REASONS 1.4(B,D)

 

1. (C) Summary: During a January 16 call at Royal Thai

Supreme Command (RTSC) Headquarters, Department of Defense

Principal Director for Asian and Pacific Affairs for

International Security Affairs Brigadier General John Allen

expressed his appreciation to RTSC Chief of Joint Staff

General Lertrat Ratanavich for Thailand\’s role in aiding and

rebuilding the region after the 2004 tsunami. General

Lertrat said that he plans to be in Washington March 13-14 to

visit the Joint Forces Command and discuss transformational

opportunities as discussed between Secretary of Defense

Rumsfeld and Prime Minister Thaksin last year. General Allen

also urged a Thai response to participation in the Defense

Resources Management Program. In response to General Allen\’s

query on Sino-Thai military relations, General Lertrat

described the two nations\’ armed forces cooperation as

\”level,\” not rising or falling. End summary.

 

2. (C) On January 16 Department of Defense Principal

Director for Asian and Pacific Affairs for International

Security Affairs, Brigadier General John Allen called on

Royal Thai Supreme Command (RTSC) Chief of Joint Staff

General Lertrat Ratanavich. General Allen thanked General

Lertrat for Thailand\’s role in aiding and rebuilding the

region after the 2004 tsunami, especially its prompt opening

of U-Tapao Naval Airbase for regional relief operations.

General Lertrat commented that conditions are fast returning

to normal in the Thai affected regions and said that the goal

now was to get tourists back to revive the economy.

 

3. (C) In response to General Allen\’s query on Sino-Thai

military relations, General Lertrat described the two

nations\’ armed forces cooperation as \”level,\” not rising or

falling. He added that the Thai military continues to have a

much greater degree of cooperation and interaction with its

\”oldest ally,\” the United States, than with China. General

Allen added that though U.S.-Sino military ties have not

included operations-related activities, we are beginning

educational exchanges, a positive outcome of Secretary

Rumsfeld\’s visit to China last year.

 

4. (C) General Lertrat said that he plans to be in

Washington March 13-14 to visit the Joint Forces Command

(JFCOM) to study transformational opportunities. He added

that, if necessary, he could extend his visit for further

discussions in Washington. General Lertrat said that he is

interested in visiting JFCOM in Norfolk and in learning more

about transformational activities. He was particularly

interested in understanding how the U.S. armed forces are

transforming, adding that the RTG has appointed 10 committees

to study a range of aspects to the Thai armed forces

transformation, from unit restructuring to logistics to a

switch to a military/civilian mix in its personnel system.

General Lertrat is also interested in how the U.S. military

would conduct the Defense Resource Management Study (DRMS)

offered to Thailand.

 

5. (C) General Allen responded that in visiting JFCOM the

Thai could gain insights on transformation in organization,

education, systems and equipment. A very important area, he

added, is in military education and how it can be applied to

enhance joint and special operations. General Allen said

that briefings on the DRMS could be added to the General\’s

program while he is in the U.S. He repeated the invitation

for Thailand to send officers to the Philippines to view that

country\’s DRMS program and benefits. Allen cautioned,

however, that as much as we want Thai participation in the

program, time is running out and we would need an answer

shortly or we will have to invite others in Thailand\’s place

for this slot. Lertrat replied that RTSC will brief the

Prime Minister shortly on the U.S. offer and he would likely

have an answer before he comes to the U.S.

 

6. (U) BGen Allen has cleared this message.

ARVIZU

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Written by thaicables

July 10, 2011 at 3:48 am

Posted in Confidential, Military

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