DCM Tomaszewicz’s Remarks for the Cyber Security Interoperability Training

DCM Tomaszewicz’s Remarks for the Cyber Security Interoperability Training Closing Ceremony
Sheraton Hotel Sagallou Ballroom
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 09:00 a.m.

Good morning,
General Taher,
General Dupont,
Major General Flora,

Distinguished guests,

Today, thanks to cell phones, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and other telecommunications technology, people across the globe are more connected than ever before.  While this connectivity affords us new ways to collaborate and work across continents, we know that malign actors are using these technologies as an avenue to interfere with our activities.  Therefore, to remain connected and operational, we must plan and train now.

Just as we collaborate in other aspects of our mutual security, it is imperative that we collaborate in the cyber domain as well.  By ensuring our communications and data systems remain secure, we can focus on our shared goals for regional stability and security.

We value the strong cooperation among Djibouti, France, and the United States.  We are partners.  By working together and training together, we are more equipped to help one another.  I know that in the future we will continue to share best practices in cyber security, as we do in other areas for the benefit our mutual security.  Divided we are vulnerable.  Together we are stronger.

I want to congratulate everyone, American, Djiboutian, and French, who participated in this training.
I would like to thank our visiting training team, which travelled all the way from Fort Gordon, Georgia to provide their expertise.

Most importantly, I want to express my gratitude to our Djiboutian hosts for their sustained support and bilateral partnership.