By Kampala Post Reporter
The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) plans to establish the National Defence College (NDC), a premier institute of excellence on defence, security and national development. The college will also provide strategic leadership to the Government on national and international security matters.
The college is set to be established in Jinja, come next year. On Monday the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi commissioned the Uganda National Defence College steering committee at the Ministry Of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya.
The committee is chaired by Maj Gen. Nakibus Lakara.
The CDF commended UPDF efforts to start what he described as a premium Strategic National Defence institution in Uganda.
"UPDF has made many strides in training but we have been missing a flagship institution that provides professional joint military education at strategic level," Gen Muhoozi noted.
He added that in order to manage complexity, uncertainty changes and surprises in the contemporary security environment, there is always urgent need to develop institutions like NDC for strategic level training.
Although the CDF noted the fact that a number of UPDF senior officers have knowledge, experience and background information, having attended NDC in other counties like Kenya, UK, China and others, he stressed the need for the UPDF to craft a NDC in line with Uganda's context and environment.
He asked the steering committee to derive the college's enduring theme around Security, Stability and Prosperity.
“NDC will help prepare civilians, military, national security professionals and future leaders to understand the broader strategic security environment and manage the complexities at a strategic level,” a statement issued by the army after the CDF Commissioning of the NDC steering committee indicated.
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi urged the steering committee, to effectively start working out the initial phase of construction and drafting the college curriculum among others.
Gen Mbadi told the committee to take on a benchmarking trip to an already established NDC with a view of acquainting themselves with how the college can be run.
The steering committee chairperson, Maj Gen Lakara revealed that most of the work has been done and that sub committees are already functioning. He added that a work plan to guide the subsequent committee meetings will be drafted soon.