NEWPORT, R.I. - Naval War College professors Rick Norton and Tom Fedyszyn of the National Security Decision Making Department, recently returned from Africa where they assisted in developing curriculum for the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) Senior Command and Staff College (EDCSC), Jan. 17-23.
The weeklong visit was the third in a continuing relationship which began in 2008. This has been "a continuing, cooperative effort between the EDCSC and the Naval War College," said Norton. He gained "a real sense of satisfaction in being able to help dedicated security professionals build a new academic institution that will directly benefit their services and their country."
The EDCSC is creating and continually improving their senior war college.
"I also appreciated being able to discuss teaching techniques and approaches with our Ethiopian counterparts and friends," said Norton.
The trip is part of NWC efforts to support the maritime strategy, which encourages expanded cooperative relationships with other nations. With strengthening maritime security cooperation as one of the Naval War College's four missions, one way the Naval War College contributes is through partnerships and engagements with other military colleges around the world.
"More important than receiving a first-hand exposure to security issues in east Africa, I was on the ground floor helping the Ethiopians develop a very impressive cadre of national security professionals at their new defense college," said Fedysyzn.