The overall goal of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is to implement the broad strategic goals as enunciated in the National Security Policy 2019. These include:
- Protection of The Gambia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Presenting The Gambia’s positive image and prestige regionally and globally.
- Promotion of socio-economic development and prosperity.
- Ensuring empowerment and equal participation of women in the decision-making processes, including at the strategic level.
- Conducting security sector reform to ensure efficient and effective governance and oversight of the security system as well as to ensure the definition of mandates and delineation of competencies of security forces, services and institutions.
- Enhance the cooperation, collaboration and coordination between the Security institutions and agencies for seamless interoperability through establishment of a National Joint Operations Centre for internal and external operations.
- Enhance the cooperation, collaboration and coordination between the Intelligence agencies for seamless interoperability through establishment of a National Joint Intelligence Operation Centre for coordination of all intelligence activities.
- Enhance the peace time role of the Security Institutions.
- Participate and contribute to global peace and security.
- To have a well-defined, structured and professional Security Institutions that is proportionate to the security needs of The Gambia.
The Gambia’s National Security Strategy is anchored on Five Chapters and or pillars:
- Pillar One: Protection of National Sovereignty and Territorial integrity;
- Pillar Two: Good Governance, Respect for Human Rights and Rule of Law;
- Pillar Three: Co-operation and collaboration amongst Security Institutions;
- Pillar Four: Patriotism, positive image and prestige; and
- Pillar Five: Socio- Economic development.