Blaire M. Harms
Prevention, Relief & Recovery Program (right)
Ms. Harms is being highlighted for contributing her expertise to multiple efforts at CCMR over the past few weeks. Most recently, Blaire served as an exercise planner for the 2019 Combined Joint Staff Exercise (CJSE) in Sweden (see below). She also actively contributes to key curriculum in the Countering Violent Extremism, Reintegration of Ex-Combatants & Violent Extremists, Managing Ethnic Conflict & Religious Violence, and Women’s Integration Into the Armed Forces subject areas.
Before joining the CCMR faculty in 2014, she worked on mil-to-mil exercises in the Asia-Pacific area of responsibility with emphasis on Japan, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Mongolia. Ms. Harms is a 21-year veteran of the US Army Military Intelligence Corps. Her previous assignments include multi-national military training and exercise planning for US Army Pacific, teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy and postings to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the 82d Airborne Division, and the 2d Infantry Division in South Korea. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.
The International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence recently published an article entitled “On Balance: Intelligence Democratization in Post-Franco Spain,” which was co-written by Andrés de Castro García, Carolyn C. Halladay & CCMR's Cris Matei. Dr. Matei is the Program Manager for the Civil-Military Relations (CMR) program, specializing in Latin America and Intelligence & Democracy.
International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM)
IDARM conducted a contract management course in Accra, Ghana in December 2018. The five-day course examined key considerations associated with defense procurement and contracting. Emphasis was placed on procurement planning and effective contract management. Officers from the Ghanaian Army, Navy, and Air Force were represented.
DGMT supported a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs (DASD WHA) sponsored “Colombia Defense Institution Building Stakeholder Meeting” from 23-24 Jan 2019. The intent of the meeting was to identify opportunities and set policy priorities for Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) within U.S. security cooperation goals and the context of Colombia’s shifting security environment under new political leadership.
A recent participant from CCMR’s “Reintegration of Ex-Combatants & Violent Extremists” resident course (pictured right) is in the news. Col Beyidi Markus Martins was interviewed by Public Radio International (PRI) and featured in a segment on de-radicalization/ reintegration program for Boko Haram defectors in Nigeria. Col Martins is the Commandant of the Operation Safe Corridor, De-Radicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration (DRR) Camp Gombe, Nigeria.
The short video clip from the BBC below has more information on the de-radicalization project in Nigeria.
Maritime Security Program
CCMR Prepares the 2-113th Infantry Battalion, 50th IBCT for their Force Protection Mission in the Horn of Africa
CCMR conducted a seminar for the Task Force Warriors (2-113th Infantry Battalion) of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from the 12th-13th January 2019 at the New Jersey Training Center, Sea Grit to prepare the battalion for their critical Security Force Assistance mission, to include working with military forces of partner nations and responding to crises within the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa area of operation, a region that hosts the only U.S. military base, and the most number of UN peacekeeping missions.