(NEWPORT, R.I.)- U.S. Naval War College National Security Affairs faculty recently provided support to the Fifth Caribbean Security and Strategy Conference held last week in Moneague, Jamaica.
Professors Larry McCabe, Jim Cook, and Sean Sullivan worked side-by-side with members of the Jamaican Defense Force to schedule and facilitate conference attended by Jamaican government and military representatives and their counterparts from the U.S.; Belize; Dominican Republic; Guyana; Trinidad & Tobago; Barbados; St Vincent; St Kitts; Dominica Barbuda; U.S. Virgin Islands; and the Bahamas.
The international conference was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kingston and funded by U.S. Southern Command. Invited participants heard presentations on strategy and operational concept development, risk assessment, global and regional security assessments and the global economic system. Another important part of the conference involved hands-on team assignments to investigate regional security issues. Teams then made a formal presentation of their findings to a panel composed of senior security officials from the Jamaican Defense Force, Constabulary Force and the Ministry of National Security.
“The conference has become extremely important to the regional security development process in the Caribbean region,” said Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of National Security, Dionne McIntosh. “It has become the perfect opportunity to bring our senior staffs together each year to discuss and debate security concerns with our regional neighbors. We need to do this.”
For the past five years, NSA faculty has been active supporters of this annual conference. This year, University of the West Indies, Kingston security affairs faculty participated for the first time. Their attendance not only provided regional expertise to the conference but created an excellent opportunity to strengthen academic relationships between the Naval War College NSA faculty and their West Indies colleagues.
Written and posted by James Brooks, NWC Public Affairs