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US relies heavily on allies in Latin America, admiral says at Duke

Security-wise, the biggest challenge the U.S. faces in Central and South America, and in the Caribbean, lies in keeping an eye on the smuggling networks that operate there and have connections to other parts of the word, the U.S. Navy admiral in charge of the region says.

To track them, the country likely would need to add to its reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering abilities in the region, as maintaining situational awareness is very challenging with the ones it has there now, Adm. Kurt Tidd said in a talk at Duke University this week. The good news is that the U.S. has capable allies in Latin America and good relations with them, he said.

It s incumbent on us to find ways to partner, Tidd said during his appearance Monday at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Because, ultimately, the security challenges we face, no single country, not least of which the United States, has the capacity to deal with the security challenges exclusively on our own. We have to work together as a team. Tidd was the latest in the series of current or recent national-security figures the Sanford School and other units at Duke have brought to campus as part of the university s American Grand Strategy program on foreign relations and military affairs.

The admiral, the current head of the Pentagon s Southern Command, shared the stage with his one-time boss, retired Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Joining them as moderator was Duke professor Peter Feaver, who worked with Tidd on the White House National Security Council staff of former President George W. Bush. The timing of the event was fraught, coming as it did in the early days of a new federal administration whose head, President Donald Trump, advocates a tougher line on immigration and trade. Duke s advance publicity for it had said Tidd would speak to those initiatives and how they intersect with the U.S. security challenges in Latin America. But Feaver s questioning steered the conversation away from them, likely because they d be sensitive ground for anyone working for Trump. Nor did audience members press them when Feaver opened the floor for questions.

The concern over smuggling comes because the region has what Tidd called transnational threat networks with broad geographic reach. Some are concerned mainly with profiting from crime; ideology motivates others. The worry is to those of the criminal bent, money talks. Either way, they are occupying that same gray space, but the bottom line is that there are people engaged in illicit activities who have said clearly, For the right amount of money, I ll move anything, or anyone, Tidd said. That gives us pause. Beyond reconnaissance needs, Tidd said his headquarters has to deal with the fact that most of the Navy s combat ships are needed elsewhere. It leans heavily on U.S. Coast Guard patrols in the Caribbean, and could find a use for things like the Navy s littoral combat ships, a much-criticized program whose fate is being debated in Washington.

For the watchdog work needed in the area, we don t need billion-dollar Aegis cruisers, said Tidd, who captained a destroyer earlier in his career. If I can put a helicopter on it and I can put a Coast Guard boarding team on it, I ve got the opportunity to go out and conduct the interdiction. And it s just [that] we don t have enough of those platforms. Dempsey, now a Duke research fellow, added that he thinks the U.S. and its allies likely would be safer if they had not U.S.-only standing naval task forces operating in the Gulf of Guinea, off the west coast of Africa, and in the Caribbean. The retired Joint chiefs chairman also noted Trump s proposed 2018 federal budget tickets the Coast Guard for a significant cut. Media accounts indicate that it could lose about $1.3 billion if Congress went along.

The Coast Guard is indispensable wherever they are, and particularly in the Southern Command, Dempsey said.

GAO to review Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits at request of Whitehouse, others

Katherine Gregg Journal Political Writer kathyprojo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Government Accounting Office has agreed to “review” the security procedures and taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Trump’s frequent visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort in response to a request by U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Last month, Whitehouse and Warren were among the members of Congress raising concerns after a reported incident in which “the President [and] his staff … discussed national security matters on full view to diners’ and reviewed potentially sensitive national security material in apparent violation of security protocols.”

In a letter to the GAO, they also raised concerns about how much Trump’s trips to his Florida resort were costing taxpayers, and they asked the GAO to provide “recommendations necessary to ensure that the President and his staff avoid violating national security protocols in the future, and ensure that taxpayer funds are used appropriately when the president travels to his private club.”

According to a statement issued by Warren’s office, the government-watchdog agency has agreed to review how the President’s communications and classified information are secured while traveling, including whether a secure space for classified communications has been established at Mar-a-Lago, as well as what, if any, security measures are employed by the Secret Service to screen staff and guests at the resort. In addition, the GAO will review what measures, if any, “the Secret Service and the Department of Defense have in place to ensure charges for travel-related expenses in connection with providing protection for presidential trips to Mar-a-Lago are fair and reasonable,” and “whether the U.S. Treasury has received payments resulting from profits at the President’s hotels.”

The letter to the GAO was co-signed by Sens. Warren, Whitehouse, Tom Udall, D-NM, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

NEWaukee Announces Northwestern Mutual as Presenting Sponsor …

NEWaukee Announces Northwestern Mutual As Presenting Sponsor ...

Northwestern Mutual Tower Signage. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

MILWAUKEE, March 28, 2017 NEWaukee[1] is proud to announce Northwestern Mutual[2] as the title sponsor of its YPWeek Milwaukee 2017[3], part of the YPWeek Wisconsin initiative taking place April 22 29, 2017. YPWeek Milwaukee, founded in 2012, is a weeklong platform of discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter to young professionals. YPWeek Wisconsin has continued to reach across the state with the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation[4] (WEDC) since 2015, and its participants have collaborated with the agency on a shared communication platform designed to retain, excite and grow the state s talent pool. YPWeek incorporates this platform into its programming, leveraging Think-Make-Happen, as an organizing theme.

In the past six years, NEWaukee has developed the most comprehensive millennial talent pool in the state of Wisconsin, explains Angela Damiani[5], CEO of NEWaukee. As an industry leader, Northwestern Mutual continues to develop cutting-edge technology to serve their clients. They are investing in the Milwaukee community by fostering an agile workforce armed with high-demand skills. YPWeek serves as a platform to reach out to those professionals as they seek the best talent to join their growing teams. As a title sponsor of the week, Northwestern Mutual will play a key role in YPWeek Milwaukee activities and will be featured at the following programs:

  • Quiet to Cutting Edge: How Northwestern Mutual is Milwaukee s beacon of innovation: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:30-9 a.m.

Tim Schaefer[6], executive vice president for client and digital experience, will speak directly to young professionals about how Northwestern Mutual, the one-time quiet company, is now making noise with its digital transformation and culture of innovation.

  • The Interview: A Reverse Job Fair: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Karl Gouverneur[7], vice president and Chief Technology Officer, will be one of several local business leaders pitching job-seekers on the advantages of joining their companies. Afterward, candidates can learn about and interview for open positions.

  • The Speaker Crawl: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sheldon Cuffie[8], vice president and Chief Information Security Officer, will offer an inspirational talk on his career journey, and lessons he believes others can benefit from. He ll deliver the keynote presentation at this Ted Talk-style event.

At Northwestern Mutual, people are what set us apart, and as we continue to celebrate our 160th year in business we remain dedicated to delivering a client experience that combines cutting edge technology, long-term product value and financial strength, said Jo Eisenhart[9], Northwestern Mutual, senior vice president of human resources. This partnership with NEWaukee gives us another way to develop top talent in the greater Milwaukee community and make an impact, as we continue to innovate and develop new tech and digital experiences.

In addition to activities happening in Milwaukee, YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 features events occurring in 25 cities across the state: Chequamegon Bay, Door County, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Hayward, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville, Portage, Price County, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Superior, Waukesha, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids. For more information about YPWeek Milwaukee presented by Northwestern Mutual, please visit[10]. Additional information about YPWeek Wisconsin can be found at[11].

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 100 on the 2016 FORTUNE 500, and is recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World s Most Admired life insurance companies in 2016. Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).

NEWaukee is a social architecture firm that specializes in community-based signature experiences centered on high-profile issues of importance for the city of Milwaukee. NEWaukee also provides consumer, employer brand and talent engagement services to employers looking to attract and retain talent necessary to grow their businesses. Visit[12] to learn more.

YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 brings together young leaders in 25 communities, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in activities and experience that are important to them while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining their workforce. Major sponsors of YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 include: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Aurora Health Care[13], Northwestern Mutual, Concordia[14] University Wisconsin, Bartolotta Restaurant Group, Wisconsin Media, and WTMJ 620. Visit[15] to learn more.


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