The U.S. plans to expand security cooperation with Central Asia, U.S. diplomats say, according to The Bug Pit blog last week. That means they will increase the capacity of the Northern Distribution Network (NDN), the system to deliver non-lethal military cargo for U.S. and NATO forces through Central Asia to Afghanistan. The U.S. now ships 1,000 containers per week to Afghanistan via the NDN, according to David Sedney, who spoke at a November 17 hearing at the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. has signed a program of cooperation between USCENTCOM and Uzbekistan's Ministry of Defense, and has been working with Russian and Kazakhstan on three other agreements to assist the NDN.
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