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Army head moving to newly created National Security Advisor post

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 11:43 AM
Major General Anthony Anderson

Head of the army Major General Anthony Anderson is being transferred to a newly created post of National Security Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister.

His appointment will come into effect, December 1.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the office of National Security Advisor is consistent with international best practices in other jurisdictions such as UK, Canada and the USA.

He says the National Security Advisor is the principal technical advisor to the government and will be critical 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.

These broadly include defence, crime and security and public safety related policy and strategy, Inter-agency cooperation, partner nation engagement and regional and international security.

General Anderson who has served as Chief of Defence Staff for 6 of his 32 years in the Jamaica Defence Force will be succeeded by Brigadier Rocky Meade.

Brigadier Meade has been Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for five years and has served the JDF for 32 years.