Friday, 15 December 2017

Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Regional Competence Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

From 6 to 15 December 2017, BICC, in partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, has conducted a regional training on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of weapons, ammunition and explosives.

All photos: BICC

This training, conducted on a biannual basis since 2013, was attended by 26 participants derived from police and military representatives of eight eastern African countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Uganda). The course was organized and facilitated by MSAG represented by three Austrian, two German and one British soldier as well as by RECSA, BICC and IPSTC.

The aim of the course was to systematically and sustainably train participants in order to develop a core group of PSSM Instructors with highly developed PSSM expertise to enable them to eventually qualify as Senior Instructors and conduct PSSM training activities without external help in the future. The training curriculum was based on a series of PSSM modules that have been developed by MSAG. These modules align with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs).

The lectures included Risk Management, Ammunition Basics and Ammunition Marking, Storage, External and Internal Physical Security of Storage Sites or Stockpile Elimination.

Over 80% of the modules were taught by PSSM Instructor Candidates under the supervision of MSAG trainers. Besides the classroom based theoretical modules which included some group work sessions, two practical exercises outside the classroom have been conducted.

Within this course, the participants were separated into three different levels based on their skills and knowledge related to PSSM: course participants, PSSM Instructor Candidates, and Senior Instructor Candidates. After participation in the basic PSSM Competence Building Seminar, the most successful and promising candidates were selected to participate in the next higher training session. Successful participants graduate to participate in the PSSM Instructor Candidate Course and, upon successful completion of this course, to the Senior PSSM Instructor Candidate Course.