By Professor Derek S. Reveron, National Security Affairs department
March 13, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- In support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, Professors Jim Cook, Larry McCabe, Derek Reveron, and Sean Sullivan conducted a Maritime Force Development workshop in Lima, Peru, March 11-15. They assisted Peru’s navy staffs efforts to consider force planning alternatives.
Adm. Carlos Robert Tejada Meru, recently wrote, “Planned innovations are based on force re-sizing, asset modernization, and improving research and development programs, mainly oriented to increase operational capabilities.” The U. S. Naval War College (NWC) workshop offered frameworks to assist in this force re-sizing effort.
The professors are united by their tenure as directors of the National Security Affairs department Final Exercise and their interests in Latin America. Cook, who is the current exercise director, appreciated the opportunity to adapt the National Security Decision Making exercise to support Peru’s navy. “It is always professionally rewarding to apply what we teach in the classroom – especially regarding maritime force planning to help build partner capacity,” said Cook.
McCabe who serves as the NWC Latin American Studies Director sees workshops like these as critical to the college’s mission of strengthening global maritime partnerships.
“Navies and coast guards throughout Latin America are rethinking missions and force structure as the region’s economies and security requirements increase commensurate with increasing global influence and responsibilities,” McCabe observed, adding “partnering with Peru to help define future maritime capabilities is extremely rewarding.”
The professors’ efforts meet the U.S. Navy’s goals of improving maritime cooperation with the world’s navies. As he noted in a March 2013 Proceedings magazine article
, Rear Adm. Michael Smith, who serves as Director, Strategy and Policy Division (N51), wrote “A truly cooperative approach to addressing mutual strategic interests will contribute to the U.S. Navy’s ability to remain sustainably forward and ready—even under increasing resource constraints.”
Edited by NWC Public Affairs Office