Major (ret.) George Benson

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A graduate of the United Kingdom Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Major Benson pursued a military career of 18 years in the Jamaica Defence Force holding appointments such as Force Training Officer, Assistant Staff Officer with responsibility for training matters, Company Commander, Battalion Second-in-Command, Force Education Officer, among others. During his service, he led CARICOM forces on regional deployments such as: "Operation Urgent Fury" (Grenada, 1984); "Operation Carib" (Trinidad & Tobago, 1990); UN Peacekeeping Mission (Haiti, 1994) and many regional and international training exercises.

He served as Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade from 1995-2005 and later served in the private sector (2005-2011) as a security practitioner in corporate/industrial security and as the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) for three ports within the Kingston harbor. Major Benson is the holder of a MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies, where his research interests focused on maritime security and the effects of globalization on the security of Caribbean States.

Major Benson is a Justice of the Peace (Notary Public) for the parish of Kingston where, on rotation, he presides as a Lay Magistrate in the Parish Petty Sessions Court. He is currently the Director Principal with responsibility for the day to day affairs of the regional training hub, the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC), based in Jamaica.

A two-time graduate of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, he is also a contributing author to Perry Center publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Benson, G. "Un-Governed and Un-Governable Spaces: Threats to Democracy and National Security in Jamaica." Contemporary Security and Defense Issues in the Caribbean. Washington, DC: William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, 2016. PDF icon Download

Updated / Actualizado: September 16, 2019