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Pentagon Looks to Plant New Facilities in Central Asia

US forces arrive at Manas in Kyrgyzstan. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Sr. Airman Ruth Holcomb)

The Pentagon is preparing to embark on a mini-building boom in Central Asia. A recently posted sources-sought survey indicates the US military wants to be involved in strategic construction projects in all five Central Asian states, including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

In perhaps the highest-profile project, the Pentagon intends to construct an anti-terrorism training center in southern Kyrgyzstan. The facility was originally intended to be built in Batken. But now it appears that it will be situated in Osh.

According to the notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website in mid-May, the US Army Corps of Engineers wants to hear from respondents interested in participating in “large-scale ground-up design-build construction projects in the following Central South Asian States (CASA): Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan.”

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Pentagon Looks to Plant New Facilities in Central Asia

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