General James Taylor and the keys to national security

ANDhe director of the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), Major General James Taylor, maintains that each country needs to create its national security and defense strategy in order to face current and future challenges and threats.

The US official emphasized that nations can develop capabilities, but by having a strategy, they can be successful in combating these evils.

“Each country needs to have its national security strategy based on its analysis of current and future risks,” he considered.

He understands that each nation must prepare to protect its critical structures, but says that as an inter-American system they cannot give it a “mark” on how to do it.

During his participation in the Breakfast of Listín Diario, he stated that after the countries adopt their defense strategies, they should develop alliances, since he understands that it is difficult for them to solve international problems alone.

“It’s hard to successfully solve complex problems these days,” he stressed.

The director of the academic body clarified that the entity is part of the doctrine of the Organization of American States (OAS), not of the United States, but that it is sustained by funds that it receives not only from the member countries of the inter-American system, but also of the United States defense commands and of voluntary contributions from citizens.

However, he indicated that they also receive the collaboration of both the North Command and the United States South Command.

He specified that the Southern Command provides financial support for workshops, seminars, conferences and publications, for which they are grateful for that support.

Regarding the concern about whether the economic resources it handles are sufficient, he pointed out that there are always more needs than available funds. He explained that the situation is different in each country, and that it is up to each one to determine where they take their games from.

He took the opportunity to establish the difference between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization of American States (OAS), of which the CID is a part, as an academic entity of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB).

He pointed out two fundamental aspects. First, that a NATO decision binds the member countries, contrary to that of the OAS, and second, that there is an expectation in NATO that each member country allocates 2% of its gross domestic product to defense. This last factor, he said, builds trust.

Leadership training
The soldier, a native of UTAH, United States, pointed out that the inter-American system is focused on security and defense, with the purpose of educating future leaders and people who will occupy strategic positions in governments.

Taylor, who is completing his fourth year as director of the CID, explained that the mission of that entity is to educate military personnel from the security forces, police officers and civilians, among them diplomats.

He considered that the CID is a unique entity in the world, in which 14 cultures interact.

Each year it receives students from between 14 and 17 countries, but, according to Taylor, not all nations are sending personnel to train at the CID. He observed that this is a sign that the hemisphere is not united.

He believes that if the hemisphere were united, all countries would send students. He pointed out, citing European countries, that they have faced existential threats, unlike the countries of the inter-American region.

“It is a motivation not to join, if everyone felt the same threat, they would have more need to join,” he emphasized.

academic trip
The director of the CID is in the country on an academic trip. He will meet with defense and police officials.

At the beginning of the conversation, which lasted about an hour and a half, he pointed out that face-to-face academic agendas had been paralyzed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020. However, he stressed that they carried out distance education programs, since they did not they were able to travel.

When resuming the agenda, they prioritized two countries, Panama and the Dominican Republic, due to their strategic importance, explained the Major General.

Participation in DR
He specified that the CID is governed by two values ​​that he believes are essential for an international organization: mutual respect and academic freedom.

The Dominican Republic has participated in CID programs since its inception in 1962.

Taylor said that four Dominicans will enter class 62, including a woman.

He stressed that the CID intends to increase the number of programs and educational levels, going from a master’s degree to a doctorate in security and defense in 2024, to start in 2025.

He indicated that they have received this mandate from the OAS, for which, he said, they need to make a change in the entity’s accreditation.

58 students.

From May 1 to 13, the 58 students in the 61st class of the CID’s master’s program in inter-American security and defense will carry out field studies in both the Dominican Republic and Panama.

A milestone.
That day is considered a milestone, because it is held on the 60th anniversary of the CID and the resumption of face-to-face classes outside the United States of America, where the academic body operates, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The students come from 14 nations .