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By James E. Brooks, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

MAPUTO, Mozambique  – Three faculty members from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) completed a three-day workshop yesterday for senior military officials in Mozambique where they provided them ways to turn national strategies into capabilities in order to bolster their national security.   

Professors Larry McCabe, Joan Johnson-Freese and Tom Fedyszyn, who are part of NWC’s National Security Affairs Department faculty, taught the workshop, August 13-15.

U.S. Embassy Maputo; U.S. Naval Forces Africa and Commander in Chief, U.S. Africa Command requested the workshop.  NWC’s expertise is often times requested by combatant commanders to strengthen respective national theater plans around the world.

“We started with an overview of the global environment and what that means to Africa and Mozambique,” said Professor Joan Johnson-Freese.  ” Specifically, we showed them ways to develop a future security strategy and then identify what capabilities they would need to achieve their goals.” 

According to Freese, the workshop was attended by more than a dozen military and civilian security officials.  The workshop was also attended by officials in Mozambique’s ministry of tourism and their police force.
“Seeing the number of officials from different agencies within the government was a great thing.  It’s uncommon to see interagency efforts like this in nations like Mozambique,” said Freese.
A mission area of the NWC is to strengthen global maritime partnerships.  The work accomplished through this workshop and others sponsored by NWC has been recognized as a great outreach tool for the Navy and the nation.  

“The students really appreciated the workshop and want us to come back next year,” said Freese. 

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