BOGOTA, Colombia – Three professors from the National Security Decision Making (NSDM) Department at the Naval War College (NWC) provided their expertise through a program that assists the Colombian intelligence community in developing strategic intelligence capabilities. Professors Joan Johnson-Freese, Larry McCabe and Derek Reveron spoke during discussions at Colombia’s School of Intelligence and Counterintelligence in Bogota from August 12-13.
During the past four years, NSDM professors have been directly involved in supporting this ongoing United States Embassy Initiative to Colombia. Colombian naval officers have also received advanced military education at NWC through the college’s international programs.
Johnson-Freese lectured about how open source analysis is essential to today’s intelligence community and illustrated the topic by presenting a case study of China’s space program. McCabe provided an assessment of security issues in South America and led a joint intelligence audience in an analysis of Colombia’s strategic challenges. How to develop a strategic perspective and the challenges of performing strategic intelligence analysis was explained by Reveron.
Past supporting efforts by NWC faculty have included professional military education discussions at the College of Naval Command and Staff in Cartagena and Colombia’s National War College in Bogota. NSDM faculty have also been involved in U.S. Southern Command’s programs to further strategic thinking involving security issues in Colombia and Latin America.
The professors will use their experience in Colombia to improve NWC students’ understanding of Latin America, explain the importance of partnerships and add a personal perspective of how the U.S. helps build their partners’ capabilities.
By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs