General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. Addresses the CHDS Strategy and Defense Policy Class of 2012

March 20, 2012

General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., Commander North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM) stopped by the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies on 13 March to welcome the Strategy and Defense Policy (SDP) class of 2012. This three-week course which began on 12 March and continues through 30 March is held at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in National Defense University's Abraham Lincoln Hall on Fort McNair, Washington, DC.

The Security and Defense Policy course is taught in Spanish and is designed to help participants develop and expand their competence in analyzing and working with planning and resource management in the security/defense sector.

The 66-participants who make up Class 2012 are taught to analyze the scope and range of issues in defense and security policy formulation and implementation, resource management, civilian-military and law enforcement cooperation, defense economics, interagency and international coordination, and control and oversight in order to bring about or produce more effective national security and defense. However, course does not review policies or the current situation of any specific country.

General Jacoby's visit on the second day of the course demonstrated a measure of the importance the Department of Defense, and USNORTHCOM place on the continued effort to expand and strengthen partnerships with all nations in the Western Hemisphere. He made it clear he was not stopping in to make a speech, only to welcome the class and to personally thank the students for coming to Washington to participate in this very important event. General Jacoby is serving as the 22nd NORAD Commander and the fifth Commander of USNORTHCOM which was created following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

A primary USNORTHCOM mission is to promote theater security cooperation with Canada, Mexico and The Bahamas. USNORTHCOM has a vested interest in CHDS' mission of supporting security cooperation by conducting educational activities for civilians and the military in the Western Hemisphere.

General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. visits the Strategy and Defense Policy Course Class of 2012 at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies during a scheduled visit to the National Defense University, Washington, DC