From National Security Affairs department
May 24, 2013
BOGOTA, Columbia -- U.S. Naval War College National Security Affairs professors Larry McCabe and Derek Reveron supported a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) initiative to assist the Colombian intelligence community develop a national intelligence strategy.
Reveron led discussions on how to develop a strategic perspective and discussed the challenges of doing strategic intelligence analysis. McCabe provided a framework to develop capabilities and offered implementation considerations.
This is not the first occasion that NWC faculty traveled to bring their expertise to Colombia. Over the past several years, these programs have supported professional military education through discussions and war games at Colombia’s National War College in Bogotá and the College of Naval Command and Staff in Cartagena.
Faculty have supported SOUTHCOM programs to further strategic thinking in not only Colombia, but many Latin American countries as well. This is all in addition to engaging with the Colombian naval officers who routinely visit the NWC to study.
The program took place at Colombia’s School of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and is a part of a long-term partnership between the U.S. and Colombia. The military and civilian personnel who attended will bring the key points back to their organizations to support the effort to develop an intelligence strategy.
As NWC faculty return to their Newport classrooms, the professors will use the experience to improve students’ understanding of Latin America, the importance of partnerships and add personal perspectives on how the U.S. conducts security assistance.