National Security Minister meets with US Department of Defense, discusses national strategic goals and objectives

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, Permanent Secretary, Dianne McIntosh, Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Rocky Meade and National Security Advisor, Antony Anderson today (August 3) met with fifteen US Military General Officers.

The officers, who are on an official visit to the island from August 1 to 4, are fellows in the United States Department of Defense Western Hemisphere CAPSTONE programme. The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate to the fellows how joint, interagency and multinational operations support national strategic goals and objectives.

The meeting which took place at the Ministry’s Oxford Road office was centred on briefing the delegation on Jamaica’s and America’s relations, regional cooperation and current initiatives being carried out by the Ministry to effectively reduce crime.

The meeting comes amidst recent announcements by the US embassy of new priorities for Jamaica-US relations. The meeting was conducted with a view towards establishing how best Jamaica and the US can work collaboratively to achieve their objectives.

In briefing the delegation, National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague gave a historic overview of  Jamaica’s social and political landscape, the comprehensive approach to Jamaica’s development through plan ‘Secure Jamaica’ and the five pillar crime management strategy. Minister Montague also took the opportunity to highlight several challenges that Jamaica faces, including limited resource capabilities and the need for a more integrated approach to intelligence gathering.

“It is significant that you are visiting Jamaica as we celebrate Jamaica’s 55th Anniversary... The window for development is fast closing and we must tackle our problems from the root. We must first help ourselves before we look to others for help”, the Minister emphasised.

Chargé d' Affaires at the U.S. Embassy, Eric Khant and Senior Fellow, General (Ret’d). Fraser Douglas expressed thanks to the Minister for his comprehensive overview of the security challenges that Jamaica faces and for establishing an understanding of how security works in an ever changing political landscape.