The Ghana Army and DBDC International Defence Publications & Events are co-hosting this year’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (4CISR) and African Homeland Security Conference and Exhibition in Accra.
The two-day conference, with the Togo Army in attendance, seeks to enhance collaboration among defence and homeland security professionals to integrate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities with tactical and operational assets, in order to achieve control over a spectrum of defence, terrorist threats and transnational crimes.
Alongside the conference, which will provide a platform for the discussion of the justification for the employment of 4ISR, is an Exhibition by renowned manufacturers of cost-effective systems from South Africa that deliver C4ISR, including military textile, footwear, armoured and Hellenic Defence systems.
Topics to be discussed include “Delivering C4ISR capabilities to troops participating in Peace Support Operations”; “Establishing a Maritime Security System in West Africa”; and “Fighting Terrorism, especially Learning the Proper Lessons from Operations against Boko Haram”.
The Vice President, His Excellency Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, in an address at the opening of the conference, yesterday, said the conference was an important one because of the transnational threats facing nations.
Mr Amissah-Arthur said threats from non-state actors such as terrorists and insurgents had made it necessary for nation-states to share experiences in order to be able to identify the right policies and integrate systems to achieve success without burdening the increasingly constrained budget of government.
He noted that in the 21st century, even powerful nations found it extremely difficult to contain terrorists because the global information age had created opportunities for tiny adversaries to enhance their disruptive capabilities and the security threats they posed by utilizing the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Mr Amissah-Arthur, therefore, stressed the need to develop software applications and examine the extent to which state security forces could be offered the required advantage to ensure peace and create a safer world.
In a key note address, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Richard Kwame Opoku-Adusei, said Ghana’s ability to continue to influence events in the world depended on a credible military force, buttressed by the efficient employment of C4IS which, he said, was a new phenomenon which had been employed in contemporary security operations where militaries were engaged in asymmetrical warfare.
Major-General Opoku-Adusei noted that the status quo was being challenged and that the assumptions made in the past to shape views on global security had been called into question, leading to a feeling of uncertainty.
Contributing to this feeling of uncertainty, he said, were climate change and its global implications, large population growth, youth unemployment and inequality, especially in Africa, cyber security and the spread of popular uprisings, driven by the desire by many populations for a greater say in their governance.
He said in the 21st century, security challenges such as drug trafficking, organized crime, human trafficking and terrorism, among others, demanded a new approach to security operations.
Major-General Opoku-Adusei said the situation had, therefore, made it necessary for managers of security to be more innovative in predicting insecurity and where it occurred, and to be equipped with the capacity and capability to deal with it, adding that IT should be a critical partner in this endeavour.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)