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June 2008
In This Issue
Spring 2008 Board Meeting
Southern Command Trip
Care Coalition Conference
Ambassador Shamshur Addresses JINSA
LEEP Video on YouTube!

The JINSA Law Enforcement Exchange Program Video is now on YouTube.  Take a look, add a comment, and
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Spring 2008 Board Meeting Highlights

The 2008 Spring Board Meeting took place Sunday June 1 in Washington, D.C. In addition to reports and sessions related to the business of the organization, the meeting featured the following presentations:

  • A panel discussion of the "Lessons Learned from Iraq and Lebanon" featuring Col. Kenneth R. Dahl, USA, Assistant Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Middle East) of the Joint Staff; Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, Defense and Armed Forces Attache of the Embassy of Israel, and; Michael Eisenstadt, director of The Washington Institute's Military and Security Studies Program.
  • Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, USN (ret.) provided a global strategic overview.
  • "Inside the Jihadist Mind: What are Their Goals and What is Their Global Strategy?" a presentation by Dr. Walid Phares, Senior Fellow and the director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
  • "Whither Israel's Security?" a presentation by Maj. Gen. Ephraim Sneh, IDF (ret.), Member of Knesset, State of Israel, and former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense.
JINSA Visits U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)

While our government has expended enormous political, economic and military assets into the Middle East and Asia, benign neglect of South and Central Americas and the Caribbean could find the United States losing her neighbors economically to China and India and politically to nations like Iran that have aligned with Cuba and Venezuela.

To focus on these crucial issues, in March a JINSA group of officers and members visited the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) located near Miami and the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) in Key West. This program in March was organized and led by Admiral Leon "Bud" Edney, USN (ret.), a member of JINSA's Board of Advisors.

The two intensive days of substantive briefings addressed the challenges, successes and failures of U.S. foreign and security policy in Latin American and the specific missions of SOUTHCOM and JIATF-S.

SOUTHCOM is tasked to conduct military operations and to promote security cooperation to achieve U.S. strategic objective, which is to defend our nation's southern flank. The command is comprised of military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and a wide range of federal agencies and its area of focus is all territory south of the U.S. border with the exception of Mexico.

A full article on the visit to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) is forthcoming.
JINSA Co-Sponsors 2008 USSOCOM Care Coalition Conference at Ft. Bragg, NC

For the second year in a row, JINSA was honored to serve as the Co-Sponsor of the Care Coalition conference in conjunction with the U.S. Special Operations Command. The 2008 conference, held in April at Fort Bragg, NC, brought together more than 50 donor groups and the veterans and families that they had supported.

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Ukraine Ambassador Shamshur
Addresses JINSA

On May 22, 2008, JINSA hosted the Honorable Oleh Shamshur, Ukraine Ambassador to the United States, at a Europe Project Forum. Ambassador Shamshur first briefed a group of 50 JINSA members and supporters at an open forum where his remarks were quite candid.

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