MONEAGUE, Jamaica -- Three faculty members from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) recently returned from Moneague, Jamaica where they taught a five-day workshop for Caribbean and Central American military and government officials on developing national security strategies.
This was the sixth workshop conducted by NWC, sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston and Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet, in support of overarching national theater plans in the Caribbean region.
“We worked with faculty from the University of the West Indies to facilitate discussions and develop strategies on key security concerns of the region,” said Professor Larry McCabe. “Our country and the Caribbean and Central American nations have shared concerns such as the infiltration of drug cartels, terrorism, natural disasters and the current consequences of the global economic recession.”
According to McCabe, the workshop was attended by more than 30 senior military and civilian security officials from 10 Caribbean and Central American nations. During the workshop, participants are given several lectures on strategic theories and concepts then broken up into groups, or syndicates, to develop specific strategies for addressing the shared regional challenges.
“One of the missions of the Naval War College is to strengthen global maritime partnerships and the work done through these series of workshops conducted over the past seven years directly affects how each country approaches the shared concerns,” said McCabe. “The University of West Indies is working directly with the Jamaican government in developing national strategies. They are helping to form their nation’s
national security strategy.”
McCabe was joined by two other NWC professors, Jim Cook and Sean Sullivan.
The continued support by NWC in helping build maritime relationships in the Caribbean and Central American region has not gone unnoticed.
"This workshop is the only one of its kind in the region that promotes not only discussion of key security issues but also requires product deliverables from the participants. The participants produce products that are useful to them and their respective countries. We get a good return on our investment,” said Army LTC Tomas Newman, United States Military Liason Officer, U.S. Embassy, Kingston, Jamaica.
The value of NWC’s contribution to relationship building and security in the region is echoed by the participating nations, as well.
“Jamaica and the Caribbean region look forward to this workshop each year,” said Jamaican Defense Force Deputy Commander, Brig. Gen. Rocky Meade. “Our people compete for a seat in this workshop and it has developed a reputation of professional excellence and a 'must have' experience for Caribbean security professionals."
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