17 December 2018
Chair, Department of War and Conflict Studies, College of International Security Affairs of the National Defence University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kirklin J. Bateman met with the Director General and senior staff of NCTC today.
Dr. Bateman is a Retired U.S. Army Colonel and has a distinguished career throughout the United States and Southwest Asia in air assault and mechanized infantry units. He career field designated as a strategist and completed assignments with the Joint Staff, Army Staff, and Army Cyber Command. He was principal author of the 2004 and 2005 CJCS Risk Assessment of the National Military Strategy and on the writing team of the 2004 National Military Strategy and 2005 National Defense Strategy. He was also the principal author of the 2007 Army Strategic Planning Guidance.
The visit to NCTC is part of Dr. Bateman's study tour in the Maldives. During this visit, he will meet with government officials, NGOs, and civil society organizations involved in the national P/CVE effort. Dr. Bateman's research on Maldives is about the work done to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in the Maldives.
During his visit with NCTC, DG gave a brief introduction of the efforts of NCTC and the collaborative work that NCTC has successfully completed and planned with its partners, both domestic and international. The briefing started with a brief introductory video of NCTC followed by answering queries of the Dr. Bateman about the contemporary threat environment in the Maldives, the level of Radicalization in the Maldives, and on the efforts of rehabilitation and reintegration.