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Naval War College Supports African Professional Military Education
Naval War College (NWC) professors wrapped up a weeklong visit to Uganda January 16, 2009 where they promoted professional military education at the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College. <br /> <br />National Security Decision Making (NSDM)
JINJA, Uganda - Members of the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College pose with U.S. Naval War College professors at the college in Jinja, Uganda on January 12, 2009. The professors made a week-long visit to promote professional military education at the request of U.S. Africa Command. They delivered lectures and collaborated with the Ugandan military faculty to develop ideas for the college curriculum on national security and leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Derek Reveron)
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Photo 1 of 1: JINJA, Uganda - Members of the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College pose with U.S. Naval War College professors at the college in Jinja, Uganda on January 12, 2009. The professors made a week-long visit to promote professional military education at the request of U.S. Africa Command. They delivered lectures and collaborated with the Ugandan military faculty to develop ideas for the college curriculum on national security and leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Derek Reveron) Download full-resolution version
Naval War College (NWC) professors wrapped up a weeklong visit to Uganda January 16, 2009 where they promoted professional military education at the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College.

National Security Decision Making (NSDM) Department professors Kevin Kelley, Larry McCabe, and Derek Reveron delivered several lectures and exchanged ideas about defense education with their African counterparts at the command and staff college throughout the week. The team collaborated with Ugandan military faculty to develop ideas for the college curriculum on national security and leadership."

"Working with the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College is rewarding from both a professional and personal perspective," said McCabe. "Not only do we learn a great deal from each other, we are also building friendships that will last a lifetime."

The trip is part of NWC efforts to support the maritime strategy, which encourages expanded cooperative relationships with other nations, by conducting engagements with other military colleges around the world.

While Uganda is a land-locked country, it has the largest tropical lake in the world and an extensive river network. Developing a riverine capability is seen as critical as well as Ugandan efforts to bring peace to hotspots in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

At the request of, and funded by, the new U.S. Africa Command, the NWC team developed a program that supports the U.S. embassy's ongoing efforts to facilitate the professionalization of the Uganda People's Defense Force.

The NWC team followed an April, 2008 visit by General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command. During a 30-minute address to approximately 200 military students at the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College, Ward emphasized the critical nature of education and learning to the development of a professional officer corps. NWC's team visit is an example of how the Naval War College assists combatant commands with conducting security cooperation activities.

The U.S. Security Assistance Officer assigned to the U.S. Embassy country team, Major Vince Golembeski, noted that the NWC visit plays an important role in the embassy's programs to assist the Ugandan military in strengthening its professional military education programs.

Both Golembeski and the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College directing staff emphasized the need for a sustained relationship between the two colleges. Lieutenant Colonel Haggai Dulo of the directing staff said that NWC engagement is "a wonderful experience for the directing staff and the students. The discussions are outstanding, and I look forward to developing the relationship."

A follow-up visit by a Naval War College faculty team is planned for June, 2009.

"Engagement programs like these not only provide important curriculum support to defense colleges around the world, but also enable NWC professors to bring these experiences back to the classroom in Newport," said NSDM Chair Joan Johnson-Freese.

As Uganda develops maritime security in the African Great Lakes region and contributes to regional defense in Somalia, the NWC team's ideas will be used to further Uganda's efforts to bring peace to a region greatly affected by war.
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