Ma­jor Gen­eral An­der­son ap­pointed Ja’s first na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MA­JOR GEN­ERAL Antony An­der­son is step­ping down as chief of de­fence staff (CDS) of the Ja­maica De­fence Force (JDF) to be­come the first na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser (NSA) to the Govern­ment.

A state­ment out of Ja­maica House last evening said that Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness an­nounced the cre­ation of the of­fice of na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, and the ap­point­ment of Ma­jor Gen­eral An­der­son to the post, which makes him the Govern­ment’s prin­ci­pal tech­ni­cal ad­viser. He takes up of­fice on De­cem­ber 1.

The state­ment said that the cre­ation of the of­fice of the NSA was a crit­i­cal move in sup­port­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing Ja­maica’s na­tional se­cu­rity su­per­struc­ture.

“Gen­eral An­der­son will ad­vise the prime min­is­ter and the min­is­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity through the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on mat­ters of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal se­cu­rity af­fairs, which broadly in­clude de­fence, crime and se­cu­rity, pub­lic safe­tyre­lated pol­icy and strat­egy, inter-agency co­op­er­a­tion, part­ner-na­tion en­gage­ment, and re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity,” it said

Gen­eral An­der­son, who has served as chief of de­fence staff for six of his 32 years in the JDF, will be suc­ceeded as CDS by Bri­gadier Rocky Meade.

Bri­gadier Meade has been deputy chief of de­fence staff for five years and has served the JDF for 32 years.

Chief of De­fence Staff Ma­jor Gen­eral An­thony An­der­son.


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