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Terrorism: US holds bilateral training workshop with Nigeria’s defence college

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The National Defence College (NDC) and the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington, United States (US) held a bilateral training workshop on combating terrorism and irregular threats.

The 5-day workshop which ended on Friday, 14th in Abuja was geared towards exchanging knowledge and ideas between faculty members of both institutions.

At the workshop, the plenary covered irregular threats in the contemporary security environment, lexicon on operational design and framework as well as strategic framework estimate on the Boko Haram insurgency.

It also covered the speciality issues, Sri Lanka on counter terrorism/counter insurgency, the Nexus and linkages and also practical exercises on Boko Haram insurgency.

A strategic estimate framework was developed and used as a critical tool in dealing with current security challenges in Nigeria and the Sahel region.

Leader of the College of International
Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington delegation, Ambassador Erica Barks Ruggles asserted that College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington mission is to educate and prepare senior civilian and military security professionals and future leaders of the United States and partners as nations for the strategic challenges of the contemporary security environment.

She emphasized that the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington is the US Department of Defence flagship training institution for education and the building of partnerships capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level.

She however applauded the developmental strides in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja compared to the last time she visited Nigeria 20 years ago.

Ambassador Ruggles also expressed her appreciation to the National Defence College Nigeria for the collaboration and the hosting of the workshop which she described as unique in all ramifications.

She called for further cooperation and collaboration between National Defence College Nigeria and College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington.

Dr Thomas Marks, one of the resource persons from the United States, while delivering a lecture opined that protecting citizens in all spectrum in a democratic dispensation is the fundamental responsibility of governance.

He reiterated that the need to understand the root causes and drivers of radicalization which leads to violent extremism at the strategic level and develop a framework for a strategic response was what prompted the entire one week conduct of the workshop.

The Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies Major General Peter Dauke, informed that the National Defence University Washington has invited the Commandant National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, to visit the United States in order to explore areas for further collaboration.


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