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The Pentagon Spreading Wealth in Central Asia

The Pentagon appears set to spend over $40 million on security infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The money for the building spree will come from US Central Command’s counter-narcotics fund.

Notices published on the US-government’s Federal Business Opportunities website, FBO.gov, indicate that Pentagon dollars will go toward the construction of military training centers in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, and Karatog, Tajikistan, and also a canine training facility and helicopter hangar near Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition, the Pentagon will fund border-crossing checkpoints in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and refurbish existing border outposts in Kyrgyzstan.

According to a pre-solicitation posted on June 25, the Pentagon wants to construct “a fully functional border crossing checkpoint” in Uzbekistan with the option of “two additional checkpoints at separate locations” at a cost of up to $10 million.

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

The Pentagon Spreading Wealth in Central Asia

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