MOMBASA, Kenya (July 20, 2009) U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Fedyszyn of the National Security Decision Making department addresses students of the Maritime Safety and Security Course at the Maritime Center of Excellence, Bandari College, in Mombasa, Kenya.
MOMBASA, Kenya - U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professors helped kick off the second of three courses this year in a new educational program series at the Maritime Center of Excellence at Kenyan Port Authority's Bandari College.
Thirty-one students from eight different countries, representing various elements of the maritime community, began this three-week program July 20 to address maritime safety and security.
The curriculum was developed by the Global Maritime and Transportation School, U.S. Naval War College and Kenya Port Authority's Bandari College and is delivered by civilian professors, naval officers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and the Kenyan Navy.
Professors Kevin Kelley and Tom Fedyszyn and Marine Corps Col. Doug Wadsworth of NWC's National Security and Decision Making Department, taught the first three days of the course. They gave presentations and led seminar discussions on topics related to maritime security, globalization, policy making, economics, and resource allocation techniques.
Naval and Coast Guard officers, marine police, port authority administrators, and port captains are among the participants. They are examining the challenges and opportunities faced by the maritime nations of the region. Their focus is to identify options and solutions that might be useful to individual nations or for the region as a whole.
Fedyszyn explained that participating in this kind of international engagement is part of NWC's mission. Strengthening maritime security cooperation directly supports the U.S. maritime services' Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.
"We didn't do this for the benefit of one nation," said Fedyszyn. "We did this to support an international effort to improve maritime safety and security around the world."
Professor Jeffrey Landsman and U.S. Navy Cmdr. Shaun Hollenbaugh from NWC's Wargaming Department will lead a two-day exercise during the last week of the course. The students will gather in varying group sizes and expertise levels depending on the situation as part of a capstone assessment.
"The initiative with the Maritime Center of Excellence not only helps the students, but it allows the Naval War College to increase its understanding and abilities to support joint and multinational initiatives academically and operationally," said Landsman.
This trip to the Maritime Center of Excellence is the second for Landsman, who will present the students with two scenarios. Landsman explained that the first scenario, arms smuggling, is a regional security issue, and that the illegal movement of arms and people does happen within the region's maritime environment.
"This can range from small arms all the way up through helicopters and armored vehicles," said Landsman.
NWC faculty will also present students with an exercise scenario focused on environmental issues, specifically, local and regional oil spills.
"Oil pollution deals more with safety specifically in a cooperative sense, with all participating nations mitigating or controlling a spill to reduce the effects on the economy and keeping in mind the safety of people, animals, and vegetation in the pollution area," said Landsman.
Students will explore how to solve such an incident through cooperation to reduce redundant efforts and take appropriate actions using a variety of resources that the teams identify on national, regional, and international levels.
The Maritime Center of Excellence at Kenyan Port Authority's Bandari College opened June 22 to provide operational level training that builds maritime safety and security capacity to promote a stable and secure Africa by addressing regional maritime issues such as piracy, drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and environmental issues. The third iteration of this course will be taught in mid-August with 35 students from numerous countries within the region, as well as western African countries expected to attend.
U.S. Africa Command and CJTF-HOA are sponsors for the course and have a long term commitment to helping African nations develop maritime safety and security. The United States hopes the Maritime Center of Excellence will help fulfill its commitment through collaborative efforts and shared interests of U.S. and African nations to develop new ideas, increase cooperation and build partnerships to establish regional stability.
From Naval War College Public Affairs