The Brazilian police arrested 36 people involved in international drug trafficking on October 27. They had been buying cocaine in Bolivia and marijuana in Paraguay, and the drugs were to be shipped to Europe, according to a statement issued by the Federal Police.
The United States and Chilean navies will conduct CHILEMAR III, a bilateral exercise designed to demonstrate interoperability between the U.S. submarine rescue system and Chilean submarines from November 2-3. The exercise will take place off the coast of San Diego, California.
Brazil’s Armed Forces, aiming to improve the execution of joint missions, carried out Operation Anhanduí in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Antarctica is about to become more crowded. In December, Brazil will set up the Criosfera 1, the frozen continent’s first fully autonomous research and data-collecting module, located just 310 miles from the South Pole.
NATO decided to officially end its seven-month operation in Libya as of October 31, in spite of calls made by the transitional Libyan government to continue its air patrolling until the end of the year.
On October 26, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo launched “Operation Lightning” to counter the rising wave of violence in the country with greater police deployment.
Panamanian and Costa Rican authorities met on October 26 in search of strategies for the fight against organized crime operating on the two countries’ shared border, a Costa Rican source announced.
Armed to the teeth, five police officers burst into an apparently abandoned house. At the front of the group, one of the men moves forward, protected by a shield. On a hot Miami afternoon, beads of sweat trickle down under their helmets while the group opens doors, searches every possible hiding place, and shouts orders in Spanish. The action suddenly freezes when, from above, an instructor makes recommendations and asks for the exercise to be repeated.
The final month of the rainy season has pulverized Central America. Throughout the region, torrential rains have demolished roadways, swept houses from their foundations, drowned crops and killed at least 115 people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
On October 11, the Brazilian Army officially presented its ‘Guaraní’ medium-sized wheeled armored transport vehicle equipped with a 30-mm unmanned turret. The event was held at the Army Evaluation Center in Rio de Janeiro, where Defense Minister Celso Amorim; the commandant of the Army, General Enzo Peri; and observers from the Argentine Army were present.
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) became an Observer Member of the American Association of Training Centers for Peace Operations (ALCOPAZ) during a meeting in Santiago, Chile, on August 17.
The Tuxtla Group, made up of Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, will seek to modernize and coordinate their police and prosecutors in order to combat organized crime, especially drug trafficking, according to an agreement reached at a ministerial meeting on October 24.
The Peruvian government is ready to put an end to the remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group and its alliances with drug cartels, Peruvian Prime Minister Salomón Lerner affirmed on October 24, at the start of a working visit to the United States.
Brazil has extended Armed Forces operations until June 2012 in the favelas (shantytowns) of Rio de Janeiro, occupied by the Military almost a year ago with the aim of guaranteeing security in those areas before the 2014 Soccer World Cup, the government announced on October 24.
Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown II has worked in and studied Latin America for the last couple of decades. He learned Spanish in the 80s, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies, and was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Military Advisory in El Salvador. Later, he commanded Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit Four in Puerto Rico, which serves as the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) NSW Component Command.
Between January and October 2011, the Ecuadorean Police seized around 13.2 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine, in the country’s two most populous provinces, the institution announced on October 24.
The Army is displaying a unique fuel-efficient concept tactical vehicle to senior leaders in the nation’s capital.
In the department of Cauca, the Colombian police seized nine tons of marijuana that, according to statements by the law-enforcement agency on October 23, belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and were going to be transported to Central America.
Peru and Guatemala agreed to exchange information about the anti-drug fight and drug trafficking in the region, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal announced on October 22, in Lima.
Haiti’s Team Zaryen stopped at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), at Bethesda on October 17, as part of the Haitian Inspiration Tour, to give a demonstration and amputee soccer clinic to wounded warriors.
Costa Rica denied that it plans to detain Nicaraguan young people who frequent a border area in dispute between the two countries, as the head of the Nicaraguan Army, Julio Avilés, affirmed.
On October 20, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the announcement of a definitive halt to violence made by the armed Basque separatist organization ETA and expressed the “wish” that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) would follow that example.
A leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), accused of coordinating shipments of cocaine to the Mexican cartels by submarine, died on October 20, in a bombardment by the Armed Forces, the Government announced.
Regional leaders meeting at a high-level international security forum in Mexico City said they’re dismayed with the findings of a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but are clearly unsurprised.
Venezuela is not cooperating with the United States in its fight against illegal drug trafficking, U.S. officials told a congressional panel in Washington.
Representatives of 25 countries are participating in the Second International Meeting on the Fight Against Kidnapping, held in Bogotá with the objective of implementing new and better strategies in the fight against that crime, an official spokesperson announced.
Drug trafficker Alexander Mendes da Silva, known as Polegar (“Thumb”), was detained in Paraguay, in a joint operation between the local police and the Brazilian Federal Police, in the Paraguayan border city of Pedro Juan Caballero, the Paraguayan Anti-drug Police announced.
The U.S. Army has signed a contract for the purchase of small, portable unmanned planes capable of successfully destroying a target by launching themselves against it and activating built-in explosive charges, announced the firm that built the weapon.
Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has died and Sirte is free, announced the new Libyan authorities Thursday morning.
The Colombian police, with the support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, discovered an improvised submarine factory and confiscated a submersible under construction, which is an indication that drug traffickers continue to use this method to export cocaine to North America.
Peru’s government has scored some early victories in its bid to overhaul anti-drugs policy in the world’s top coca grower while keeping the United States as a key partner, the country’s new drug czar said.
On October 9, the Brazilian Army running team participated in the 27th Annual Army Ten-Miler race, organized by the U.S. Army.
On October 17, Central America was on high alert due to the uninterrupted rains that have left more than 80 dead and affected 200,000 people in the last week.
A ten-year-old girl kidnapped in Colombia on September 29 was freed in the Arauca region on October 17, through the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced via his Twitter account.
Spain said on October 14, it will request the extradition from Cuba of an alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA who allegedly sought explosives training from Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
As the United Nations prepares to draw down its massive peacekeeping operations in Haiti, the chief of that mission, Mariano Fernández, says his top priority is to help the country rebuild its earthquake-ravaged security institutions.
Honduran police say they’ve confiscated nearly 12,400 kilograms of cocaine so far this year. Yet for Honduras Police Director José Muñoz, the drug cartel known as Los Zetas — believed to be responsible for much of this trafficking — is a monumental adversary that “no nation can take on by itself.”
Nearly a ton of cocaine bound for the US market was seized in Peru, counternarcotics officials said, announcing the arrest of a Colombian and six Peruvians.
The United Nations aims to cut back its peacekeeping force in Haiti this year as the number of blue-helmet troops around the world hits a record of more than 120,000, officials indicated on October 13.
The military’s work with partners in South and Central America and the Caribbean have brought a range of gains in the area from close military cooperation to supporting the region’s fight against organized crime, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said in Washington D.C.
The pilots at the forefront of drug interdiction in Ecuador fly so low that they never leave the ground.
One of the greatest current concerns of Brazilian civilian and military authorities is preparing for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. During the 3rd Annual South American Defense Chiefs Conference, held in Santiago, Chile, in August/September, 2011, Diálogo had the opportunity to talk to Brazil’s representative at the conference, the Brazilian Defense Ministry’s head of strategic affairs, Air Force General Marco Aurélio Gonçalves Mendes, about this and about the participation of the Brazilian Air Force in the UN peace force in Haiti, MINUSTAH.
The largest federal interagency exercise for personnel rescue and recovery began at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and continues through October 21 with joint, coalition, interagency and international participants, and focuses on saving lives.
On October 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns briefed Argentine officials on the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., a U.S. spokeswoman said.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup less than a thousand days away, the Brazilian government said authorities will have an efficient security plan in place for soccer’s biggest event.
On October 12, Colombian Army and police units, with the support of the Air Force, were pursuing a group of FARC guerrillas in the country’s northeast, among whom were believed to be around 30 wounded, following a bombardment that left approximately 11 rebels dead, a military source said.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has acknowledged that human rights in Colombia have improved, according to the organization’s director for the Americas, José Miguel Vivanco, who met with President Juan Manuel Santos.
After six weeks of joint training exercises in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise between the 3rd U.S. Marine and Special Operations Command Battalion (USMARSOC) and the Brazilian Marine Corps’ elite Fuzileiros Navais concluded in late September.
Brazil seized 62 tons of drugs on its borders in the last four months, President Dilma Rousseff announced on her program “Coffee with the President,” as part of a discussion of the results of the new Strategic Border Plan launched in June.
Experts from the Honduran Navy have raised a submarine from which they extracted 7.5 tons of cocaine in August, after its crew sank it in the depths of the Caribbean, official sources confirmed.
During the Third Annual South American Defense Chiefs Conference, which took place in Santiago, Chile, from August 29 to September 2, 2011, Diálogo spoke with some of the region’s top military leaders, among them the commander-in-chief of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces. General Luis Ernesto González Villarreal spoke about the role of military personnel in humanitarian-assistance efforts, both in Ecuador and in other countries.
On October 7, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the sacrifices of the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan since the start of the war ten years ago, and he affirmed in Washington that the United States will put an end to military operations in that country and in Iraq “responsibly.”
The Brazilian Armed Forces’ only attack helicopter model is conducting its first target practice at the Brigadier Velloso Proving Ground in Para. The first aircraft operated by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the MI-35 Hind or AH-2 Sabre according to FAB nomenclature, represents a major step forward in terms of new combat resources.
The Chilean Government has presented a plan to combat drug trafficking in the country’s north, along its borders with Peru and Bolivia, at a cost of around $66 million between now and 2014.
Geographically unique, Chile is more than 2,700 miles north to south yet only 150 miles east to west at its widest point. Chile’s military is tasked with defending more than 4,000 miles of border with the sea along South America’s western coast.
Some 12 countries have confirmed their attendance at the anti-drug summit being organized by Peru for 2012, with the objective of coordinating and elaborating joint policies in response to drug trafficking, the Peruvian anti-drug czar, Ricardo Soberón, announced.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez urged Iran to make good on its offer to help investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people.
Argentina’s national aircraft maker, Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA, will soon begin manufacturing parts for the new KC-390 military transport plane made by Brazil’s Embraer.
During the Third Annual South American Defense Chiefs Conference, which took place in Santiago, Chile, from August 29 to September 2, 2011, Diálogo spoke with some of the region’s top military leaders, among them the commander-in-chief of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces. General Ernesto González Villareal spoke about the role of military personnel in humanitarian-assistance efforts, both in Ecuador and in other countries.
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli called on Chilean ports to take advantage of the expansion of the Panama Canal, of which Chile is one of the chief users, at the end of a meeting with President Sebastián Piñera in Santiago.
Peru and the United States are engaging in coordination in order to respond to the possible presence of international terrorist organizations in the region, General Douglas Fraser, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said following a meeting with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the U.S. Congress of a military sale to the Government of Ecuador corresponding to a contract for the modernization of two SH-2G helicopters, together with equipment, parts, training, and logistical support, for an estimated total of $60 million.
The main suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will be arraigned in a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay on October 26, the Pentagon said.
The Paraguayan Senate approved the declaration of a state of emergency in the departments of San Pedro and Concepcion (in northern Paraguay) for 60 days, in order to combat the self-proclaimed Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), believed responsible for an attack on a police station and the murder of two police officers, legislative sources announced.
Brazil said that it is awaiting UN approval to gradually reduce its peacekeeping troops in Haiti by around 257 military personnel starting next year.
Following two and a half years of investigative work, 12 members of a transnational drug-trafficking organization dedicated to shipping narcotics to Central America were arrested in a coordinated operation involving the National Navy, the National Attorney-General’s Office, and U.S. authorities. The arrests were made in the cities of Bogota, Medellin, and Barranquilla and the municipalities of Amalfi (Antioquia), Bahia Solano, and Jurado (Choco).
Mauricio was the boat operator. Nelson wandered deep into the jungle. Freddy the city boy posed as a campesino. And Liliana, Freddy’s fictitious wife, served drinks at the local saloon. All four were highly trained intelligence agents sent to infiltrate one of the world’s most ruthless terrorist organizations.
The killing of al-Awlaki will have numerous negative effects on al-Qaeda, analysts said.
Two years after the beginning of World War II, the Axis threat made itself felt under the waters of the South Atlantic. German and Italian submarines operating in the region conducted a series of torpedo attacks on Brazilian merchant vessels, forcing President Getúlio Vargas to declare war on Germany and Italy, on August 22, 1942.
Brazil’s defense minister has reignited speculation about a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet deal by saying his country is in “urgent” need of new combat aircraft despite this year’s budget cuts.
The United States will send 780,000 dollars in military aid to Nicaragua to combat drug trafficking and firearms trafficking, as part of regional cooperation, the U.S. embassy officially announced.
Colombian authorities have scored notable successes against one of the country’s most powerful drug traffickers, Daniel “El Loco” Barrera. The latest victory came in mid-September, when four different networks were targeted in Bogotá, Cali, Barranquilla and Villavicencio.
The United Nations aid chief called for continued humanitarian assistance to Haiti, stressing the crisis in a country still reeling from last year’s monster earthquake.
The Arcanjo Operations: A Legal Perspective
Interview with the chief of the Joint Staff of the Brazilian Armed Forces, General Jose Carlos de Nardi
The security framework used during the 5th Military World Games served as a rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, especially thanks to the SABER M60 radar, a cutting edge military technology for aerial surveillance.
El Salvador’s military confronted insurgents from the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, a coalition organization of five left-wing militias.
Fishing with the Net
Human rights, from lessons learned to the way forward, continue to be a priority for the military.
Counterfeiters and smugglers cheat consumers and threaten national economies, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Anywhere that the international community attempts to establish good-practice standards for industry, counterfeiters undercut them,” said Ted Leggett, research officer with UNODC.
Drug trafficking and its effects have become a central subject of discussion on the Bolivian national agenda. Official sources confirm the increase of seized cocaine and drug-related criminal acts, and report government actions to counteract the illicit trade.
Violence in El Salvador’s public education sector is on the rise. As of July 2011, 97 students were murdered, National Civil Police reported. That number rose to 108 by mid-August, according to the country’s Ministry of Education.
The first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) prototype built in Paraguay was successfully tested in August 2011, with a flight between the cities of Limpio and San Bernardino.
“Erase Frontiers” to Disable Cartels
Identifying the weapons and bullets used in the commission of crimes is a necessity for criminal investigators. Forensic ballistics is a key capability to provide the scientific evidence necessary to prosecute criminals.
Criminals regularly take advantage of the Amazon region’s lush rain forests and expansive waterways for illicit activities such as drug trafficking and deforestation.
The Peruvian Armed Forces continue to combat the Shining Path due to a resurgence in the Apurímac and Ene Rivers Valley
Since President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, more than 50,490 people in Mexico have fallen victim to violence related to organized crime.
The country’s battle cry against the drug cartels has attracted regional and international partners
Drug violence has threatened Central America’s economic growth in recent years by bringing security challenges to the doorsteps of business owners
Committed to the Health and Well-being of Colombians
High-ranking military officers from 10 countries met in Chile to discuss the best way to provide pan-regional aid in case of catastrophes and natural disasters.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Roberto Ríos Seguel of the Chilean Navy was one of the first rescue workers to descend into the San Jose mine to aid 33 miners trapped for more than two months in 2010. The eyes of the world watched the plight of “the 33,” as medical and military personnel went underground to rescue them. Diálogo spoke with Lt. j.g. Roberto Ríos Seguel about what it meant to be part of the largest rescue operation in the history of mining.
Training the Best of the Best
The West African country of Guinea is being hit harder than any other nation by illegal fishing, according to one international development group.
By 2013, Spain will have the ability to detect the position of any ship in the world from space, safeguarding crews from pirate hijackings through an automatic identification system. This capability will be possible with the Paz satellite.
Buildings destroyed by the massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake in Japan in March 2011 show the powerful force of nature. The devastating earthquakes in Indonesia, Haiti, Chile, New Zealand, Japan and India proved to be hard lessons learned, and militaries worldwide are organizing to respond to natural disasters.
Australian Soldiers carry close to 60 kilograms of equipment, but the Australian Army has found a way to eliminate excess weight.
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