Some 24 military officers from various background of the Sierra Leone army have yesterday accomplished eight (8) days training programme on intelligence network for effective operation at the Solar Hotel Aberdeen, in Freetown.
Appreciating the training opportunity for his officers, the newly appointed
Chief of Defense Staff Brigadier Claude Nelson Williams said we now live in a world of unpredictability and therefore intelligence network is very crucial to state security. He added that the ideas imparted during the course would be utilized fully in order to enhance the effectiveness of the various intelligent units within the military.
He expressed profound appreciation to the United States Government for the support towards strengthening the SLA, adding that such support would go a long way in strengthening the fraternal relationship between USA and Sierra Leone.
The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, June Carter Perry said her country has a long standing relationship with Sierra Leone, and as such expressed optimism that this bilateral relationship would continue from strength to strength.
She noted that the intelligence sharing session was very crucial especially in eliminating terrorism in the world.
She then took the opportunity to congratulate Brigadier Nelson Williams on his new appointment as the Chief of Defense Staff of the Sierra Leone Military Forces.
The training commander Lieutenant Colonel John Flink of the US marine said that the aim of the training is to increase maritime safety and security vis-à-vis professional intelligence and capacity building with their Sierra Leonean counterpart.
A wide range of areas were covered, ranging from map reading to maritime domain awareness among others. This is geared towards the pursuance of a common goal under the ‘Africom’ project which was formed in 2007 to strengthen cooperation with Africa. He said that the training would help officers in handling terrorism and illegal fishing in Sierra Leone’s territorial waters.
Major Partin Scott of the US Air force wing, who also served as one of the facilitators at the training, stated that, intelligence is vital in detecting any air craft with dangerous weapons, drugs and other illegal or counterfeit items.
By Solomon Rogers