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CTFP and Defense Analysis Co-Host 3rd Annual Alumni Event in Poland

The Department of Defense Analysis (DDA) in connection with the OSD Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) held its 3rd annual CTFP/NPS Alumni Conference entitled, “Contemporary Issues in a Global Counterterrorism Campaign,” from 27 – 30 September 2010 in Krakow, Poland. Based on conversations with the CTFP Program Office and SOCEUR and because of the focus this year on graduates from EUCOM, CENTCOM and AFRICOM AOs, DDA settled on hosting the conference in Poland. ;The growing relationship between POLSOF and USSOCOM also weighed into the decision to choose Poland as the venue for this year's conference. CTFP alumni from Norway, Lebanon, Georgia, Hungary, Ethiopia, Jordan, Tanzania, the Czech Republic, Romania and of course Poland were in attendance, although invitations to many more alumni from several different countries were delivered. The Deputy Commander of POLSOCOM kicked off the conference welcoming the attendees to Krakow and reading a letter from the Commander emphasizing the importance of these type of events. NPS participants included Dr Sepp, Dr Freeman, Dr Simons, Dr Tucker, COL Wilson, Ms. Kristen Tsolis, Mr. Brian Greenshields, and Ms. Carly Capson. Mr Hussam Bader represented the CTFP Office and ASD/SOLIC. Both current and former students delivered well-received presentations on topics like terrorist deradicalization efforts, the growth and nurturing of Hungarian SOF, and Norway's use of SOF in anti-piracy operations. The JAG (lawyer) from SOCCENT, CDR Todd Huntley, USN, delivered a presentation on the legal considerations of executing a world-wide counter-terrorism campaign, while the J-5 from SOCEUR, COL Buck Dellinger, Army SF and former DDA Defense Fellow, stressed to the audience not to underestimate terrorists' ability to operate in "governed' spaces. Lastly, Mr. Jason Payne from Palantir demo'd the upgraded Palantir software package using real world detainee data from Afghanistan. Some observations and issues raised by the conference are listed below.

  1. While all have a good grasp of COIN theory, it is more difficult to implement since not all countries are equipped to organically control their battlespace (don’t have the same enablers as the US or UK does).
  2. Building and maintaining SOF capability in smaller countries is extremely difficult because of shrinking budgets, political will, and lack of previous SOF culture.
  3. Once Afghanistan is over, what will be NATO’s SOF mission? Will NATO SOF actually be given a mandate to operate around the world outside the constraints of Europe?
  4. Still a divide of how Muslims view the current conflict in the Middle East versus how the West perceives it.
  5. There is still apprehension over AFRICOM’s intentions in Africa and how the US will conduct CT operations on the continent.
  6. We need to be aware that terrorists can also thrive in “governed spaces” as well as the so-called “ungoverned spaces” often protected by Western free speech laws and intelligence collection statutes.

All in all, the conference participants overwhelmingly found value in the conference and want to see these events continued. For future conferences, the attendees suggested the organizers find a way to bring back US students/alumni who have excelled in the GWOT to share their experiences and continue the country rotations in regards to venue.

DA Alumni Andro Barnovi Appointed as Rector of Georgia's National Defence Academy

Mr. Andro Barnov has been appointed as Rector of the National Defence Academy of Georgia. On 30 November 2010, Deputy Defence Minister Nodar Kharshiladze introduced the military expert to the Ministry officials. According to Mr. Kharshiladze, Andro Barnov is one of the leading experts in the defence and security sphere and in cooperation with him, a number of successful projects on the defence reforming and NATO integration issues were implemented (Click here for more info.)

In the Spotlight

  • COL Eric Wendt, Army SF and former DDA Defense Fellow, picked as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense.
  • DA Alumni, Jarolslaw "Jerry" Jablonski, Polish GROM, selected for O-5


Useful Links

Dudley Knox Library

You may still have library access! Once registered, eligible NPS alumni can accessthese highly useful resources 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If you graduated from an NPS degree granting program we encourage you to register and take advantage of the access to these familiar resources.

The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)

The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), a Direct Reporting Unit to USSOCOM, resides at MacDill Air Force Base, FL and is co-located with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). With active duty, reserve, and civilian faculty members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, JSOU delivers unique SOF educational opportunities through in residence courses and integration of SOF curriculum with service Professional Military Education Schools.

Their mission is to educate Special Operations Forces executive, senior, and intermediate leaders and selected other national and international security decision-makers, both military and civilian, through teaching, research, and outreach in the science and art of Joint Special Operations.

Combating Terrorism Center

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point contributes relevant scholarly perspectives through education, research and policy analysis to combat terrorist threats to the United States. We maintain expertise in four primary areas: terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction. By developing a curriculum of the highest quality, producing theoretically informed studies, and crafting relevant policy recommendations, we remain an internationally recognized center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of terrorism knowledge and expertise.

Small Wars Journal

Small Wars Journal facilitates the exchange of information among practitioners, thought leaders, and students of Small Wars, in order to advance knowledge and capabilities in the field. It is hoped that this, in turn, will advance the practice and effectiveness of those forces prosecuting Small Wars in the interest of self-determination, freedom, and prosperity for the population in the area of operations.

Sovereign Challenge

The mission of the Sovereign Challenge web portal is to function as USSOCOM's official collaboration portal with senior military leaders, civilian counterparts in ministries or related institutions, in order to share information and experiences that might be mutually adopted in the defense of participant nations' sovereignty.

This is an official U.S. Navy website.
All information contained herein has been approved for release by the NPS Public Affairs Officer.
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