As part of the Argentine science, technology, and art mega-exhibition Tecnópolis 2011, in Buenos Aires, the Lipán M3 unmanned aircraft is on display.
In the course of two maritime interdiction operations, Colombian, U.S., Panamanian, and Honduran authorities prevented 7.9 tons of cocaine that were being transported by way of the Caribbean Sea from reaching their destination in Central America.
The leader of the Colombian criminal gang with the most fighters and one of those most involved in drug-trafficking activities was murdered by his bodyguards in the country’s northwest, the police announced, an event that could lead to the group’s reorganization and spark violence.
Sgt. Vagner Luis de Assis gazes at the Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia favelas perched in the hills above ritzy Copacabana beach. To illustrate what this neighborhood used to be like, he mimics a narco-boss armed with an assault rifle scanning the neighborhood, bands of ammunition crisscrossing his chest.
Argentina is bolstering vast stretches of its unprotected skies, nearly 15 years after the idea was first proposed.
President Juan Manuel Santos demanded that illegal armed groups release the children they have recruited to their ranks, as a demonstration that they truly want peace.
A “drug submarine” was scuttled by its crew when they were surprised by the Army in Honduran waters. This is the first illegal submersible detected in the Honduran region, since others have been intercepted only in Mexican and Guatemalan waters on their route from South to North America to deliver their cargos of narcotic
The Officer Candidates’ Course of the Women’s Naval Reserve made its first official visit to a ship of the fleet, with the objective of gaining an inside understanding of the operational aspects of the Chilean Navy.
Electoral violence may increase sharply in Colombia this year after a decade of sustained decline, as criminal gangs seek to consolidate and expend their control over local governments with a view to the upcoming elections, the Crisis Group think tank said on 25 July.
Spanish police have broken up the money-laundering operation of one of Latin America’s biggest drug cartels and arrested the wife of Colombia’s top drug baron, police said on 26 July.
Representatives of the Defense Ministry, under the direction of Cecilio Pérez Bordón, and the Paraguayan Armed Forces will go to Congress to request more financial resources for the project to modernize the three branches of the armed services.
It has taken more than 1,000 days of work, with 16-hour days in recent weeks. But Brig. Gen. Jamil Megid Junior, Coordinator General of the Operational Planning Committee for the 5th Military World Games – Rio 2011, does not expect things to let up anytime soon.
Any Soldier who has ever served as a squad automatic weapon gunner is resigned to the burden of lugging a heavy weapon and ammunition on patrol.
Navy divers assigned to Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 Company 23 came together with divers from Jamaica, Bahamas, Canada and Guatemala during an opening ceremony for a joint subject matter exchange in Port Royal, Jamaica.
Units from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, the Tumaco Port Captaincy, and the Yubarta Foundation are conducting a safety and security campaign and monitoring vessels to ensure responsible whale-watching of the Yubarta species of humpback whales, which visits Colombian Pacific waters at this time of year.
Mexico’s army has made one of its biggest-ever drug busts, seizing a warehouse full of chemicals that experts say could have been used to make billions of dollars worth of methamphetamine.
The 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro ended with great numbers, both in the events and in their organization. According to organizers, 4174 military athletes from 110 countries competed in the event, which also featured 281 referees from around the world. All who competed hoped to win at least one of the disputed 1421 medals: 459 gold, 459 silver, and 503 bronze (the combat sports award two bronze medals per category).
In an interview with Diálogo a year ago, the president of Brazil’s Military Sports Commission, Vice-Admiral José Bernardo Pierantoni Gamboa, said that he believed that investment in elite athletes was worth it. He predicted that the level of competition would gain public recognition and was optimistic about the performance of Brazil. “Our goal is to place in the top three in the medals table,” he said at the time. With a few competitions to left before the Militaty Games comes to a close 5 th Military World Games, Diálogo talked with the Vice Admiral again to see whether he had changed his mind and gotten a better perspective of the event.
The bitter dispute between Brazil and China for overall leadership in the medals table at the 5th Military World Games serving as a dramatic backdrop in the battle for gold in volleyball on Saturday, July 23. In the women’s, the Chinese went ahead.
Brazil is not only the country of soccer, but also the art of fighting. The 5th Military World Games helped to show that boxing and martial arts (judo and taekwondo) have widespread popularity in the country and they have achieved good results.
The perfect harmony of the rider or rider with the animal – which takes at least two years to develop – is indispensable in forming a winning combination in the jumping category in the Equestrian event.
Suriname is the least populated country in South America, with 470 000 people. Despite its size, it is well represented at the 5th Military World Games.
The sport isn’t very popular and the site for the event is more than 40 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
The 5th Military World Games have yet to be finished, yet the Colombian athletes are already feeling nostalgia for Brazil and want to come back soon.
At the João Havelange Stadium, known as the “Engenhão”, home of the opening ceremony of the 5th Military World Games and track and field, there is a large banner that says “Friendship through sports”.
Over the past decade Caribbean countries have shown great potential in Track and Field, especially in sprinting. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jamaica won 11 medals, six gold, and all were in Track and Field.
For four days, they ran with a replica 3kg rifle on their back, fired at targets, hurling grenades under the sun for more than 30°C, executing naval skills and rowing – all against the clock. After testing their endurance and speed, finally on July 21st, 24 of the 67 athletes from 11 countries who competed in the Naval Pentathlon arrived at the podium of the 5th Military World Games.
The second day of fencing competition at the 26th Parachute Infantry Battalion gym was closely contested. At the end of the men’s epée competition, the duel between the Venezuelan Ruben Limardo and Italian Andrea Vallosio was even. Limardo even opened a five-point lead on the scoreboard (5-0), but the Italian managed to come back and make it 10-9.
Uruguayan Navy Captain Hugo M. de Barros, who serves as a liaison officer in the U.S. Southern Command since July 2009, is crucial to strengthening military ties between the two countries. His eldest son, Lieutenant Hugo de Barros, intends to follow in his father’s footsteps, but with one difference. He plans to excel at the sport his father never did quite well in – sailing – an event for which he his competing in at the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro.
With an introduction by Chilean Minister of National Defense Andrés Allamand, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) of the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C., opened its 2011 Sub-Regional Conference, the seventh in the series, in Santiago, Chile, on 20 July 2011.
Many athletes participate in the 5th Military World Games in order to win a medal. That hasn’t been the case with Ecuador. At least not for the sailing team at the Games. Following the tradition of the motto created by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to the Ecuadorians, the important thing is not to win but to compete.
Authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile are fighting to contain the growing abuse of cocaine paste — a cheap, yellowish cocaine smoked by thousands of people throughout South America’s Southern Cone.
UNESCO adds the Honduran reserve to its list of endangered World Heritage sites for the second time.
Brazil plans to launch a geostationary satellite — GOES — that would connect all the country’s defense and security organizations and allow for more secure communications among them.
The first gold medal for Brazil in track and field at the 5th Military World Games came about on Wednesday, April 21, in the 400m hurdles. Raphael Fernandes won the event with a time of 50.50, his best mark this season, beating in the process the current world champion, Italy’s Leonardo Capotosti who took the bronze (50.86). Second place went to Venezuela’s Victor Solarte, with a time of 50.60.
For the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Dominican Republic’s military brought four boxers who are qualified for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, this October.
A motorcycle accident 20 years ago caused Captain Remy Burke of Suriname to lose the use of his right arm, but not his willingness to practice boxing and karate. He has videos posted on the Internet displaying his tenacity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SKw-1veeOI) and challenges any boxer.
One of the most traditional countries in the training of sprinters, Jamaica has seven players competing in track and field at the 5th Military World Games and they all came to Rio for one single purpose: to win gold.
Bolivia has succeeded in striking a series of blows against drug trafficking in the last month, including the destruction of almost three hundred drug factories, following the fall of a powerful former anti-drug chief who pleaded guilty to exporting cocaine in a U.S. court.
In the first quarter of 2013, Chile will have one of the five most advanced scientific ships in the world, the AGS 61 Cabo de Hornos, despite the damage suffered during the tsunami of 2010. The amount invested has been 62 million dollars.
At 22, Warrant Officer Fabio Andres Castaño has a dream: to become a pilot for the Colombian Air Force. This dream will come at a cost since it will keep him from fencing competitions, a passion he developed when he first entered the military four years ago.
It is common to see in fight competitions like karate, jiu-jitsu and judo, the athletes’ friends and family yelling in the stands, cheering for their loved ones – more than any other sport
The South Americans dominated the medal podium in the equestrian event. On Tuesday, Chile won its first gold medal in the 5th Military World Games with their sets. Brazil placed second, and Uruguay came in third to complete the podium trifecta in the first medal event which was the jumping category.
At the end of the third day of competition, the countries in the Americas region had won 32 medals at the 5th Military World Games. Most of these medals have gone to the Brazilians, who are hosting the event and have invested heavily in training their athletes for the last two years.
In the remote Amazonian jungles, hidden under the canopy of rainforests, lies the latest technological advancement for the drug smugglers – the “narco submarine.” For years, Colombian drug traffickers have conceived of new ways to smuggle shipments of cocaine to Mexico and the United States from using drug “mules”, to go-fast boats, to even hijacking passenger jets.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) for its 20 years of working for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
Vice Admiral Joseph D. Kernan assumed his duties as the U.S. Southern Command Military Deputy Commander in May 2011, and ever since has been on an almost non-stop tour throughout the 16 million square mile area of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to get better acquainted with the region. The former US 4th Fleet commander made sure to stop in Brazil exactly at the same time the country is hosting the 5th Military World Games and took the time to speak with Diálogo about this major event.
The Colombian Army has acquired the LRAD 1000Xi Long-Range Acoustic Device Highly Intelligible Long-Distance Communication system from AROLEN Corporation.
The 5th Military World Games have peace as its motto. In the Military Pentathlon, collaboration between countries is the mission. Major Hildebrand is Brazilian and acts as the coach of Colombia. According to his words, the love for his country continues.
“In addition to the military’s premier sporting event, (the 5th Military World Games) it is also the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Therefore, they serve as preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics.” That’s what Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, said in her weekly radio show “Coffee with the President.”
If the rules allow for the entry of a seventh player on the court, the crowd would be it, if coach Flávio Marinho of the of Brazilian men’s volleyball team had anything to say about it. Volleyball matches at these Military World Games have attracted a lively and enthralled crowd at the Maracanãzinho Gym.
The number 10 shirt of the Brazilian military has a history in football. No less than Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé, put it on. In the 5th Military World Games, played in Rio de Janeiro, the man that has the honor and challenge to wear it is Sergeant Fabio Augusto de Castro.
U.S. General David Petraeus, Washington’s new intelligence chief, handed over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan on July 18th; a day after a tentative start was made to a gradual process of transferring security to Afghan forces.
To reach the semifinals of the men’s soccer tournament of the 5th Military World Games, Brazil only needs a draw in their next match with Uruguay due to Sunday 6-0 thrashing against Suriname on Sunday gave the host team that comfort.
The 5th Military World Games took advantage of Marathon in Rio de Janeiro for their own competition within the event, which has become a tradition in the city.
The air rally that opened the Aeronautical Pentathlon competition, at Afonsos Air Base, was won by Captain Pallacios of Ecuador, a country with little tradition in the sport.
The U.S. women’s volleyball were undaunted despite their 3-0 loss to Brazil. The team, which stayed at the Maracanãzinho Gymnasium to cheer on the U.S. men’s team, kept their spirits up before a crowd of 3200.
Mexican soldiers found a large marijuana field in a desert and uninhabited area in the northern part of the country, a field said to be the largest discovered in the nation’s history.
The security authorities at Central American airports will receive first-hand information from the United States about potential terrorists or criminal activities that might endanger their facilities, their passengers, or their countries themselves.
The soundtrack of the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Military World Games did justice to the diversity of rhythms of Brazilian music. The message of peace and brotherhood inspired both accurate presentations of the military marching bands and Brazilian samba dancers in the performances at Joao Havelange Stadium (Engenhão) on Saturday, July 16.
The Americas, with almost 1000 registered athletes competing at the 5th Military World Games (see list below), taking place in Rio de Janeiro until July 24. Even the smaller countries sent large delegations, such as the cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
Anyone who follows the Brazilian womens professionals soccer has heard of Cilene Katia da Silva, 34. She played in four FIFA World Cups and two Olympic Games.
The presence of the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and the greatest soccer player of all time, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, otherwise known as Pelé, on July 16th Saturday afternoon at Engenhão stadium helped demonstrate the importance of the 5th Military World Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro until July 24.
Peace through sport was celebrated with yellow-green at the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Military World Games. Aerial maneuvers, animated graphics, fireworks, music and dance, all captivated the public which had gathered in the stands of the Joao Havelange Stadium, (Engenhão), on Saturday, July 16.
The National Shooting Centre Ten Guilherme Paraense, at the Deodoro Sports Complex in Rio de Janeiro, will host from July 18 some of the best shooters in the world. The 5th CISM Military World Games with 316 registered athletes from 51 countries will compete in 16 medal events, eight male and eight for women.
Although the opening ceremony of the 5th Military World Games begins on Saturday July 16th at the Joao Havelange Stadium, also known as Engenhão, men’s soccer competition commenced on Friday.
The Rio de Janeiro Military Arsenal, a manufacturing unit of the Brazilian Army, has concluded the production of Loris night-vision goggles (NVG).
The military pentathlon is a competition based on the specific training of combatants. It encompasses six events: shooting, military obstacle course, utility swimming, grenade throwing, cross-country, and relay.
The naval pentathlon is an individual and team competition for men and women. This competition is made up of five events: obstacle course, life-saving swimming, utility swimming, seamanship, and amphibious cross-country.
The aeronautical pentathlon is composed of one flying competition and six athletic ones: shooting, fencing, swimming, basketball, obstacle course, and orienteering.
A volleyball match includes twelve players, six on each team. There are another six athletes on each reserve bench. On the court, the teams are separated by a net, and the objective is to make the ball hit the ground in the area protected by the opponent.
Parachuting includes three types of events: accuracy, formation, and freefall. At the Military World Games, there will only be accuracy and freefall formation competitions.
Beach volleyball follows the basic rules of indoor volleyball, but with a few adjustments. The first of these is the number of players: there are only two on each side. The other is the number of points needed to complete a set: twenty-one in beach volleyball and twenty-five in indoor volleyball.
The triathlon combines swimming, biking, and running in a single event. The three sports are performed consecutively and without a break. The winner is the one who completes the entire course first.
In the sport of shooting, there are three different categories, which are subdivided into various events. These are the pistol category (25m, 50m, air, rapid fire, standard, and center fire), the carbine or rifle category (three-position, prone, and air carbine; three-position, prone, and air standard rifle), and the shotgun category (skeet, Olympic trap, and double trap).
Sailing is the name given to the sport that involves boats moved exclusively by wind power. In all, there are eighteen classes of competition in this sport. However, at the 5th Military World Games only two types of regattas will be held: the fleet race and the match race.
In taekwondo, the fight takes place in a ten-meter by ten-meter area, and each match has three two-minute rounds. Four referees govern the fights.
The modern pentathlon is practiced by men and women, individually or in teams. It was created by Baron de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympic Games in the modern era. It consists of five events: shooting, fencing, swimming, riding, and running.
Judo fights take place on an 8m x 8m tatami. Each fight lasts up to five minutes, if no athlete succeeds in applying the ippon, the perfect move in this sport and one that ends the fight independently of the moment at which it is executed.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. According to a study published by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2006, approximately 270 million people are actively connected to this sport around the world.
One of the most classic sports in the modern Olympic Games is also on the schedule of the 5th Military World Games. Competitions will be held in all events, with emphasis on the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, the noblest events.
Equestrian sports require much more than just training. Trust between the rider and the horse is also necessary. This is an ancient relationship, and these sports have existed since the ancient Olympic Games.
With the objective of strengthening shared operations against illicit trafficking, around 200 representatives from 30 countries attended the Coast Guard Operations Centers and Aviation Commanders Regional Interoperability Conference, held at the Conference Center of the Americas at the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), in Miami, Florida.
The near-capture last week of the maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reflects the Colombian military’s largely successful strategy of targeting top rebel leaders in an effort to bring down the 47-year-old guerrilla group.
Colombia’s defense minister, Rodrigo Rivera, and his Brazilian counterpart, Nelson Jobim, have taken the first steps toward a binational plan for border security between the two countries, with a focus on protecting the vast Amazon River basin.
The upgrades to the system presented by the Planalto Military Command (a major command of the Brazilian Army) at the installations of the 6th Multiple Rocket Launcher Group (6th GLMF) in Formosa, a city in the state of Goiás, near Brasilia, include longer-range rockets and a completely digital command-and-control vehicle.
For the second time in its history, the Colombian city of Tumaco, in the department of Nariño, hosted the visit of the hospital ship Comfort, which arrived in Colombia at the invitation of the national government, the military, and the police...
The Fort Sill Special Reaction Team is setting their sights further downrange, with new M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems. They received the new weapon recently, and they were definitely excited.
The poppy fields of Afghanistan — a major revenue source for the insurgency there — may seem a million miles away from U.S. Pacific Command’s headquarters in Hawaii.
U.S. firm Hawker Beechcraft, present at the fifth edition of F-AIR Colombia, has signed a variety of agreements for the maintenance, modernization, and updating of its aircraft in service with the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and Colombian Naval Aviation, as well as with Colombian Army Aviation, a spokesperson emphasized to Infodefensa.com.
In fencing, the athletes compete on a strip that is fourteen meters long by two meters wide. The goal is to touch the opponent to score points, and at the same time, to not be touched oneself.
Amateur boxing is among the competitions at the Military World Games. In this sport, the pugilists use a protective helmet, and there are five judges who electronically track the blows thrown during the fight.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. It was created in 1891, in the United States, by James Naismith, a Canadian physical education teacher.
On its roster of sports, the 5th Military World Games will include track and field, the most noble and ancient sport in the competition. In all, twenty-one events will be held at the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, known as the “Engenhão.”
Orienteering is among the military sports on the roster of events at the 5th Military World Games. This event uses nature as the playing field. As a sport, it started in the Nordic countries over a hundred years ago.
Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera affirmed on 8 July that coordinated work with the National Attorney-General’s Office and the judicial branch will be strengthened, in order to make it possible for evidence gathered during operations by government forces against all terrorist and criminal organizations to be admissible in court
With the formation of a joint force of six hundred military personnel, members of the armies of Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, the United States, Uruguay, and Chile began the “Huemul” multinational military peace operations exercise at Peldehue Military Base on 11 July.
Canadian, Colombian and American military medical and dental personnel completed the third of four medical training exercises as part of Task Force Bon Voizen on 8 June in the village of Bocozelle, Haiti.
An instructor at the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Learning Site Pensacola will represent the Navy on the All Armed Forces Indoor Volleyball Team at the 5th CISM (International Military Sport Council) Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 16-24 July.
Airmen from the 183rd Security Forces, based out of Springfield Ill., train the second group of Suriname military personnel in security techniques here 8 July.
Colombia will reinforce security in a southern state struck by multiple attacks in the course of a weekend during which presumed rebels detonated a horse loaded with explosives and two police officers died in other incidents, the authorities said.
The Brazilian government will not review the bids for a fighter-plane contract worth billions of dollars until the beginning of 2012, Defense Minister Nelson Jobim told Reuters on 9 July.
The Chilean Air Force has received the first Hercules C-130 with the new cockpit from the Esterline CMC Electronics company, following the successful completion of the tests required as part of the modernization program for that military transport plane.
The U.S. Navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) anchored in Colombia from 2-12 July in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11).
The Honduran government is expected to finance the purchase of its new Super Tucano planes, as well as other kinds of equipment for the fight against drug trafficking, through its security tax.
Colombia and the U.S. drug agency have broken an airport drug ring in the world’s No. 1 cocaine producer, which sent up to 2 tons of cocaine monthly to Mexico and the United States, police said on 7 July.
A second test of the X-51A Waverider flew in the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean, bringing significant hypersonic research data.
In Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, on July 5th, the Brazilian Navy inaugurated the Guandu do Sapê Naval Village, known as Vila Branca, which will host delegations participating in the 5th Military World Games. The Peace Games, as they have been named, will take place between July 16th and 24th.
Nearly eight thousand men from the Pacific Naval Force, distributed across psychological and surveillance checkpoints, are welcoming visitors who have chosen Gorgona Island, the beaches of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, Buenaventura Bay, Tumaco, and Solano Bay as tourist destinations for this vacation season.
International cooperation has been a major factor in Panama’s surge in narcotics seizures, Public Safety Minister José Raúl Mulino said.
The Anti-Doping Laboratory (LAB DOP), in partnership with the Technological Development Support Lab (LADETEC) of the UFRJ Chemistry Institute, will be responsible for performing anti-doping analyses at the 5th CISM Military World Games, which will take place from July 16th to 24th, in Rio de Janeiro.
Henry Castellanos, alias Romaña, one of the leaders of the FARC, a Colombian communist guerrilla group, was sentenced in absentia to twenty-two years and nine months in prison for the offenses of terrorism, aggravated criminal conspiracy, and aggravated theft, the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on 5 July.
The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States will soon sign a joint agreement to verify the eradication of coca plantings on Bolivian territory, an official source revealed in La Paz on 5 July.
Four Brazilian unmanned planes will begin to operate in Bolivia in August as part of the fight against drugs, Deputy Minister of Social Defense Felipe Cáceres announced on 5 July.
Bolivian President Evo Morales apologized to the Argentine Jewish community on 1 July and characterized as a “very serious mistake” the visit to his country by Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, accused of involvement in the attack on the Jewish mutual-aid society AMIA, with eighty-five dead.
One of the five Peruvians detained in Bolivia on 28 June on drug-trafficking charges is a member of the Shining Path armed group, Bolivian Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti affirmed on 1 July.
The Mexican police detained a member of Los Zetas believed to hold the third-ranking position in the cartel’s command structure and linked to the murder in Mexico of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, the Secretariat of Public Safety announced on 4 July.
A French narcotrafficker sought by Interpol who belongs to the gang of notorious bank robber Antonio Ferrara was arrested near Rio, Brazilian police said on 1 July.
In order to participate in the Military World Games, an athlete needs to be a member of the Armed Forces of his or her country of origin. However, an exception has been granted for this 5th edition.
Retail drug sales promoted by Salvadoran gangs have displaced extortion as the chief cause of the violence and homicides that are plaguing the country, President Mauricio Funes said on 29 June.
The United States has removed Guatemala from its human-trafficking “watch list” of countries, an act that recognizes the actions taken by the Guatemalan government against this plague, the Central American country’s foreign ministry said on 30 June.
The Colombian government launched a campaign under the slogan of ‘Audacity and Will,’ a new demobilization strategy promoted by the Defense Ministry, and which will use the locations where troops of the Armed Forces are carrying out counterinsurgency and anti-terrorist operations as entry points for raising awareness.
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At the Val-de-Caes Naval Base in Belem, Brazilian Marines gear up for an operation in the Amazon jungle.
On January 20, 1943, Peruvian pilots who had just received their wings at Ccorpus Christi Air Training School in Texas visited New York City.
With the skin worn off his hands, a captain fought to clear land so that a helicopter could pick up his team in the middle of the dense jungle. it was December 2005, and colombian Army captain Wilmer Siza was commanding a squad in the mountains of San Francisco, in the state of Antioquia, one of the most heavily mined territories of colombia at the time.
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Human rights, from lessons learned to the way forward, continue to be a priority for military leaders in the Americas. “Today the Armed Forces of El Salvador have the moral awareness that war must have limits,” said General David Munguía Payés, Salvadoran defense minister, during the inauguration of a human rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) seminar. “And those limits are set for us precisely by this respect for human rights and the rights defined by the laws of war.” The seminar, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command and the Salvadoran Defense Ministry, took place May 17-19, 2011, in the Salvadoran capital.
Mexican drug cartels are creating alliances with turkish mafias to expand their business worldwide
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Peru and Chile work together to secure their frontiers and fight drugs from multiple directions
Money launderers are increasingly taking advantage of nonprofit organizations to deceptively fund terrorist actions, but bankers can help authorities stop the flow by reporting suspicious activity.
Criminal organizations are learning new ways to launder millions of dollars of drug money profits.
The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication from simple to complex.
Costa Rica developed its first border police unit early in 2011.
Youth violence is a critical concern in Central America, especially the problem of youth gangs, which are perceived as a main driver of violent crime in the region.
The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace links Brazilian and African experts and institutions to boost agricultural innovation and development on the African continent.
Smugglers wait on the Brazilian bank of the Parana River as a package of unidentified merchandise is lowered from the roadway of the Friendship Bridge.
The Organization of American States (OAS) donated arms-marking equipment to the Paraguayan government on March 24, 2011.
Combating crime has no relevance to national borders
The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative has allocated $2.38 million in the 2011/2012 expenditures estimates to assist Jamaica in reducing the cultivation, production and trafficking of illicit drugs.
The Nicaraguan Navy, responding to a dramatic increase in drug smuggling through its territorial waters, has established a new battalion tasked with fighting narcotrafficking off its Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.
Guided-missile frigates USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43) arrived in Valparaiso, Chile to begin the Pacific Phase (PAC) of UNITAS 52, on 24 June.
Iñaki Domínguez Atxalandabaso, an ETA operative on the run since 2003 and accused of training FARC members, was apprehended on a train bound for Paris.
After leaving her tribe, going hungry, and begging in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Silvia Nobre Waiãpi became the first female indigenous military officer in Brazil.
The academic institution is at the forefront of civilian and military relations throughout the Western Hemisphere
A new talent has been discovered: Bees have an exceptional sense of smell.
The Nigerian Joint Task Force patrols the Creeks at Bodo Waterways, Ogoniland in Rivers State on April 2011.
Members of Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion present suspected members of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)
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