Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) listening to BDF Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne (right) as Deputy Chief of Staff Commander Aquinas Clarke looks on. (Picture by Alex Downes.)
The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is ensuring it will not be on the wrong side of the digital divide even as it gets ready to take further technological strides.
Assurances of this come from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who said the BDF was actively working to develop the country’s cybersecurity capacity.
Speaking at the recent launch of the BDF website at St Ann’s Fort, Stuart lauded the military organisation’s technological thrust.
“It must be recognised that violent extremists, and cyber-criminals too, have recognised the value of digital media, and exploit it to advance their worldwide recruitment strategy to attract vulnerable youth,” he said.
“Defence and security agencies, therefore, cannot afford to be left behind. They must use digital media as a critical resource and as a strategic element for the execution of those campaigns that are necessary to intercept and fight the emerging propaganda challenges which have the potential to undermine national security.”
The Prime Minister said cybersecurity was an important element in the use of digital media to benefit national security, and explained the BDF was working alongside other national agencies in developing their cybersecurity capacity.
Stuart thanked Canada, through its Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces School of Communication and Electronics, for their support in developing the BDF’s technology infrastructure.
With their assistance, the BDF was able to provide information technology training to over 2 600 local and regional military personnel at the force’s computer centre between 1995 and 2017.
Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum said the launch of the webpage was a part of the BDF’s modernisation plan.
The web address is www.bdfbarbados.com and provides information about the history of the BDF; the units, including the Barbados Cadet Corps; programmes and services and the Barbados Legion and deceased soldiers, among other resources. (AD)