Recently, the 15th Caribbean Regional Intelligence Conference (CARIC) was held at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island on Tuesday 7th May, 2024.

With “Countering Shared Threats in the Caribbean through Open Source Collaboration and Information Sharing” as the theme, this five-day conference served as a great platform for collaboration and advancing intelligence efforts within the region.

Some of the topics discussed included strategies, and best practices in intelligence gathering, analysis, and response to emerging threats and challenges, as well as Haiti’s Impact on Regional Stability and Multinational Security Support, Illicit Trafficking Organizations and Enhanced Domain Awareness.

During the conference, a large delegation attending the event, welcomed the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the Minister responsible for National Security, the Honourable Wayne Munroe, K.C. at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive. Here, where they engaged in discussions on matters of mutual interests.

On that very same day, they also toured of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Coral Harbour Base, where they met with Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Glenn McPhee, who expressed his pleasure in hosting the guests. He shared that such engagements are importance for improving collective understanding and response to evolving security challenges in the Caribbean region.

Their visit to the base included a walkthrough of the RBDF Operations Command Center and one of the organization’s vessels, namely HMBS Leon Livingston Smith.

Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King, during the conference, expressed the importance of regional cooperation and commended the resilience of Caribbean nations against changing threats. He emphasized that in order to properly safeguard the region’s stability and prosperity, a unified approach is needed, while leveraging collective intelligence resources and capabilities.

Throughout the conference, all the attendees exchanged valuable information, highlighting successful initiatives and simultaneously strengthening the existing relationships between all involved. As the proceedings concluded, participants expressed their commitment to tackling shared security challenges facing the Caribbean region.

Commodore Raymond E. King is steadfast in his commitment to fostering enhanced collaboration between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and local and regional partners, through proactive information sharing, and forming strategic alliances to effectively address both existing and potential challenges.

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