DJIBOUTI, Africa - Larry McCabe and Kevin Kelley, professors in the National Security Decision Making Department at the Naval War College, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Africa this month to discuss maritime strategy development and implementation concepts with the African Union and the Djiboutian Navy.
In Ethiopia, the professors met with Africa Union staff members, European Union and ACSS representatives, African state representatives, and U.S. Ambassador to the AU, Ambassador Michael Battle, to discuss ways to implement a recently developed continental maritime strategy. The African Union has recently emphasized the importance of maritime strategy on the continent as it addresses security issues such as piracy, illegal fishing and the movement of extremist and radicals throughout the region.
The professors traveled next to Djibouti and presented a workshop on maritime strategy development to maritime professionals. The audience included representatives from the Djibouti Navy, Coast Guard, Fisheries and Environmental Ministries, Djibouti Port Security, and the Gendarmerie. Co-hosted by CJTF-HOA, the seminar offered a workshop to help participants understand the purpose and advantages of maritime strategies and to provide a process to assist Djibouti maritime professionals craft and implement a strategy to support force capability and capacity development.
The trip was at the request of Africa Command and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.
By Naval War College Public Affairs