MIBOC-A Finishes in Kenya; Builds Professional Partnerships, Intelligence Proficiency

The eighth iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa graduated 28 partner-nation intelligence officers, March 20. The course brought together officers from the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Sudan for an eight-week course in Nairobi, Kenya, that strengthens intelligence capabilities of East African militaries.

"For me to be able to conduct and advise accordingly, I need to understand how my counterparts work," said Kenyan Maj. Hesbon K. Mbithi, a navy intelligence officer from the Kenyan Defense Force. "The things I've learned in the class will definitely enhance my capacity if I ever deploy again. It enhances our ability in East Africa."

The course instructors included uniformed and civilian Department of Defense professionals from the Regional Joint Training Facility, Royal Air Force Molesworth, England, along with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, Stuttgart, Germany, and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

MIBOC-A provides partner-nation junior offices with the skills to work as part of a military intelligence staff and increases skills in briefing fundamentals, creative and critical thinking, intelligence preparation of the operational environment, social-network analysis and stability and peacekeeping operations.

"It is very important to learn from experiences of other countries," said Mbithi.

The course also enhances capacity for intelligence collection, analysis and information- sharing among the participating nations, and provides an environment designed to promote collaboration methods within the region's military intelligence community.

"Each country has different training and varying procedures and this is important because it integrates officers from different countries," said Kenyan Lieutenant Vivian Aoga, an army intelligence officer for the Kenyan Defense Force.

Participating officers engage in intelligence protocol, techniques, tactics and procedures and working with a multinational military intelligence staff and take part in seminars, classroom discussion, group projects and.

"[Military] intelligence has a global affect, so [MIBOC-A] gives me a broader view and experience of what happens in the field," said Aoga.

Leadership training is embedded throughout the course and reinforced with individual briefs and group exercises in the classroom.

"I can't wait to get back and bring back what I've learned," said Aoga. "I'm sure that my command will be proud that we were able to make friends and learn new skills."


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