The National Defence College Nigeria and the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington held a bilateral training workshop for faculty members on combating terrorism and irregular threats curriculum development. The workshop took place at the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the National Defence College Nigeria from 10-14 September 2018.
The workshop was geared towards sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas between faculty members of the institutions on strategic level estimates on irregular threats. 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.
Prior to the commencement of the workshop, the leader of the College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington delegation, Ambassador Erica Barks Ruggles paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, National Defence College, Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo to discuss issues of interest to both institutions in line with the memorandum of understanding. She used the opportunity to applaud the developmental strides in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja compared to the last time she visited Nigeria 20 years ago. Ambassador 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 State 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. Ambassador Ruggles 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 expressed her desire for further cooperation and collaboration between National Defence College Nigeria and College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington.
Earlier, during one of the series of lectures lined up for the workshop, Dr Thomas Marks, one of the resource persons from the United States 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, in his sum up at the workshop observed that the facilitators have done justice to the subject matter as it relates to terrorism and other irregular security threats. He reiterated that a strategic leader must be critical in studying and analyzing any given situation before action. He added that, if one cannot be able to identify a problem, he or she cannot be able to resolve it appropriately. He informed the audience that as part of the efforts to enhance the relationship between the two institutions, 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.
The National Defence College Nigeria and the College of International Security Affairs – National Defence University Washington is holding a bilateral training workshop for strategic level training on counter terrorism and irregular threats from 30 April to 4 May 2018. The Inauguration Ceremony took place at the Abacha Hall, National Defence College on 30 April 2018. The workshop is geared towards training strategic level officers in Nigeria and some International countries in order to make meaningful contribution towards counter terrorism and irregular threats in the country.
The plenary was to cover fundamental of contemporary irregular warfare, root causes of irregular conflict as drivers of alienation and radicalization, counter terrorism/counter insurgency at the strategic level.
Other areas the plenary covered include transnational crime in the Sahel, Nigeria experience in counter terrorism/counter insurgency and organized crime and violent extremism in West Africa, the Nexus and Linkages. It is expected that at the end of the workshop, participants would be able to evaluate the strategic estimate template as a critical tool in dealing with current challenges, differentiate between terrorism as a method and terrorism as logic as well as to understand the implications for strategic response.
Also, participants are expected to evaluate the utility and limitations of counter insurgency doctrine and principle, conduct a strategic assessment of Operation Lafiya Dole and understand the nexus and linkages between transnational crimes and violent extremism in West Africa. Prior to the Inauguration Ceremony, the Vice President, College of International Security Affairs, National Defence University Washington, Ambassador Mike Hammar paid a courtesy call on the Commandant, National Defence College Nigeria, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo to discuss issues of interest to both institutions.
Ambassador Hammar asserted that in spite of the benefits of such a workshop, it would go a long way in strengthening the relationship between the Defence University and the College. Ambassador Hammar was accompanied by two senior staff of the University during the courtesy call. In his remarks, Rear Admiral Osinowo assured the visiting team of the readiness of the College to further corporate with the National Defence University in any relevant area of interest. He reiterated that the Workshop is a step towards strengthening the relationship between the two institutions.
He acquainted the visitors with the activities of the College and affirmed that the College is of International Standard and that it has participants from Asia, Europe and part of Africa.
The Commandant, National Defence College Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo used the opportunity to advise participants to make strategic level contributions during the workshop and come up with actionable communiqué during the workshop.