Admiral Kurt Tidd: US Southern Command leader stresses close partnerships
Since beginning his new position as Commander of the US Southern Command six months ago, Admiral Kurt Tidd has been traveling for four of them. He’s met a number of key civic and political leaders in the last two, and said he’ll be reaching out even more now that he’s settling into the job.
With a mission to protect the southern approaches of the country, Admiral Tidd said the most important security challenges he’s focused on are the illicit networks that pose a threat to US safety. They range from purely economically-motivated criminal networks to purely ideologically-motivated terrorist networks, he said, but stressed the reality is there’s a real blurring of the lines between them.
Admiral Tidd, whose career has been focused on diplomacy and counter-
terrorism, comes from a military family and now his youngest daughter just joined the Coast Guard.
He said he probably had alternate plans a few times very early on but, when he was about 8 years old he visited the destroyer his father commanded. It seemed like such a fantastic thing to do, he said, that he knew he’d also serve in the US Navy.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Admiral Tidd at the US Southern Command.
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