Dr Mahamudu Bawumia launches the journal
The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) unveiled its first academic journal to serve as an academic communication channel.
The journal entitled: “The African Journal of Defense, Security and Strategy”, compiled and edited by the college, is also available at www.ajodss.com.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia launched the newspaper yesterday at the GAFCSC Seventh Congregation at Burma Camp in Accra.
The event also marked the joint graduation of the 42 Command and Senior Staff Course and the Master of Science (MSc) in Defense and International Politics.
The graduates consisted of 81 military officers, including 59 Ghanaians and 22 others from neighboring African countries.
The eleven-month course also included civilian graduates – politicians, journalists and other officials who also received diplomas.
Dr Bawumia said that although the college has since 1963 trained professionals of various nationalities, careers and language backgrounds who have had and continue to significantly influence development beyond the African continent, these contributions were hardly traceable because the college lacked a dedicated academic communication channel.
He said that the GAFCSC had contributed immeasurably to existing knowledge and scholarship not only in the areas of defense and security, but in other areas of development.
âIt is for this reason that I am delighted to launch the very first academic journal of this center of excellence; the first in the sub-region and only next to the Scientia Militaria-South African Journal of Military Studies of the South African Military Academy, which is part of the Faculty of Military Sciences of the University of Stellenbosch â, added the Dr Bawumia.
According to the vice-president, the first edition of the journal was a clear sign that the GAFCSC was increasing in intellectual capacity.
He therefore urged the college to ensure that the journal meets the highest global standards through continental and global peer reviews.
The vice president said that terrorism and piracy had become major security threats in Africa and that collaboration at all levels and between countries would be needed to eradicate them completely.
âThis course has provided you with an excellent platform to share your knowledge and experience in addressing these emerging and pervasive threats.
âAt the strategic policy level, we will do whatever we can, but you are the professionals with the skills and knowledge required. I therefore charge you to work together for a common public goal as comrades in the face of a common enemy, âhe said.
Dr Bawumia also gave assurances that the government will continue the program to expand physical infrastructure at the Ghana Military Academy to enable GAFCSC to clear a backlog of officers waiting to enroll in state courses. – junior and higher major.
He added that the defense minister would liaise with GETFund to secure the completion of a four-story, 54-unit student accommodation for the college.
In his annual review, GAFCSC Commander Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour said 2026 was the deadline for the college to obtain a charter to become self-reliant and assured that every effort would be made to achieve this feat.
He also announced that the college intends to introduce a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Defense and International Politics as well as a Masters program in Security Studies.
Rear Admiral Beick-Baffour further announced the introduction of a new five-year strategic plan for the college.
Ghanaian Army officer Major Peter Afreh, who became the top student overall, received the Graduates Honor Award, also known as the Minister of Defense Award.
He received a book, a shield, a 43 inch television and a giant trophy.