The organizers of the 17th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2012) have announced that two specialized forums on the advantages associated with the acquisition of new space technologies will be held as part of the exhibition. The two events are titled “Benefits of the Use of Space Technology for the Development of Countries” and “Development and Space Technologies.”
On November 28, Mexican and European legislators called in a joint declaration to promote a global debate on the fight against drug trafficking among producing, transit, and consuming countries.
Around 6,500 Brazilian military personnel supported by planes and ships have launched a large-scale operation against the illegal trafficking of drugs, arms, and merchandise on the borders with Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay, an official confirmed.
Colombian drug boss Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias “Valenciano,” for whom the United States was offering a reward of 5 million dollars, was arrested in Venezuela on November 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the following day, at the start of a visit to Caracas.
The security ministers of El Salvador, General David Munguía Payés, and Honduras, Pompeyo Bonilla, met on Salvadoran territory on November 27 to discuss measures to confront organized crime, including the region’s feared gangs, official sources announced.
Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes swore in General David Munguía Payés as the country’s new Minister of Security and Justice, making him the first military man to occupy that post since the signing of the peace accords that marked the end of the civil war in 1992.
Colombian Police Sergeant Luis Alberto Erazo returned to Bogotá on November 27, after 12 years of captivity by FARC rebels, a day after managing to escape during a battle as four other hostages were executed.
A social democratic lawmaker said on November 28 he planned to ask the Brazilian Congress to brand Colombia’s leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels as “terrorists’ ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Paraguay’s minister of interior, Carlos Filizzola, said his country is investigating the possibility of ties between the self-styled Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) and regional drug traffickers.
Violence in Honduras has reached historic levels. Between 2006 and 2010, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the country’s homicide rate nearly doubled, from 46 per 100,000 citizens in 2006 to 82 per 100,000 in 2010 – making Honduras the homicide capital of the world.
The U.S. Coast Guard has located two semi-submersibles off the coast of Honduras that authorities believe were trying to transport illegal drugs to the United States, a senior Honduran Army general has said.
Following a wave of crime against women, Peru introduced the crime of femicide — the killing of women by men — into its penal code.
Convinced that the fight against drug trafficking is, above all, a battle to maintain the democratic system, Costa Rica’s Security Minister Mario Zamora believes that this crusade has to be waged with intelligence, adaptability, and an unconventional view of issues such as national sovereignty.
On November 18, Haitian President Michel Martelly announced the creation of a civilian commission that will be in charge of preparing a calendar to reestablish that Caribbean country’s Armed Forces, dissolved 17 years ago after decades of military coups and military influence in politics.
Bolivian drug traffickers use the border with Paraguay to transport drugs to Brazil and Argentina, declared César Guedes, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representative in Bolivia.
Colombian authorities have arrested 14 members of a criminal gang wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, the police said.
The Colombian Army dismantled a clandestine radio station operated by the FARC communist guerrilla group in a rural area of the department of Meta (in eastern Colombia), the military announced.
The military and police operation underway in Honduras since November 1 has succeeded in reducing the rate of violence by 90 percent in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and 50 percent in San Pedro Sula, stated President Porfirio Lobo on November 19.
Honduras will buy weapons from Israel and the United States to replace obsolete equipment that has been in use for more than 30 years, military chief General Rene Osorio said.
Sao Paulo police are concerned about possible terrorist attacks during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and are bracing for a high risk scenario, the local Federal Police chief said.
At least 2,962 minors who had belonged to Colombian illegal armed groups have been demobilized in the last nine years and have entered a government protection program, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed.
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla warned that Central America is losing the battle against drug trafficking, speaking in an interview with the Spanish daily El País, in which she urged for a “more global approach” against this plague, because otherwise, “we’re not going to defeat it.”
The Amazon Protection System (SIPAM) is now part of the structure of the Defense Ministry — a strong indication that Brazil regards the defense of its vast rainforest region as a matter of national security.
The United States and Argentina have signed a long-anticipated Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Outer Space.
An expansion of youth sports programs nationwide and the potential for future training opportunities for Afghan athletes and coaches are among the benefits of a developing partnership between the national Olympic committees of the United States and Afghanistan, and other U.S. sports associations, officials said.
Carrying 30 tons of humanitarian aid for Colombia, the US Navy ship USS Oak Hill, arrived in Cartagena on November 16.
The United States reserves the right to retaliate with military force against a cyber attack and is working to sharpen its ability to track down the source of any breach, the Pentagon said in a report made public on Tuesday, November 15.
The administration of Otto Pérez, who will take office on January 14, will show concrete results in its first six months in the fight against the crime wave that is scourging Guatemala, acting interior minister Mauricio López promised.
A Malian man faces up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine to fund the activities of Al-Qaeda and FARC guerrilla fighters in Colombia, US prosecutors said.
Honduras has received two small planes donated by the United States for the fight against drug trafficking, rescues, and humanitarian assistance, official sources announced.
The Ecuadorean police seized 436 kg of cocaine in an operation in which six people were detained, including two Colombians, the head of that country’s anti-narcotics division, Pedro Gallegos, announced.
Colombia’s FARC guerrillas named Timoleón Jiménez, a hard-liner known as Timochenko, as their new leader after the Andean country’s armed forces killed his predecessor, a rebel statement said on November 15.
The Governments of Central America agreed on a regional security strategy, directed chiefly toward combating violent juvenile gangs (maras) and preventing the region from turning into a new bastion of drug trafficking, official sources announced.
The executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, asked Uruguay to make an effort to increase the proportion of women on peace missions, following a meeting in Montevideo with President José Mujica.
On November 13, following an operation that began early in the morning with support from armed vehicles and in which not a single shot was fired, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro (PM) obtained complete control of the Brazil’s largest shantytown, Rocinha, which had been in the hands of drug traffickers for 30 years.
Top-ranking defense officials from several South American countries met in Santiago, Chile, for the Third Annual South American Defense Chiefs Conference (SOUTHDEC), in September. Cosponsored by the Chilean Armed Forces and the U.S. Southern Command, the 2011 edition of the conference focused on military support for humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Diálogo’s interview with the head of the Chilean Joint General Staff, Lieutenant General Hernán Mardones Ríos, follows.
A Salvadoran court handed down a sentence of 66 years in prison for two gang members found guilty of killing 20 people who were traveling in a passenger vehicle to which they set fire in June 2010, the press office of the courts announced.
A Colombian former paramilitary leader has been sentenced to 33 years in prison by a Miami judge after being convicted of drug trafficking and terrorism charges, the Justice Department said.
Multinational efforts have resulted in the successful interception of another drug-smuggling, self-propelled semisubmersible (SPSS) vessel in the western Caribbean Sea on September 30.
The Brazilian Navy’s training ship promotes the 2014 World Cup during its 25th Instructional Voyage.
As Colombian officials celebrate the death of Alfonso Cano, maximum leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), officials of Panama’s National Police continue winning small victories in the battle against drugs.
With the aim of increasing cohesion, promoting healthy competition, and building closer ties of camaraderie among the members of the Peruvian Armed Forces, President Ollanta Humala inaugurated the military sports games for 2011.
“Successful combat is not measured by the number of casualties or liters of blood. It is in recovering occupied territories and the populations that inhabit them.” – Gen. Álvaro Valencia Tovar
Guatemala’s Interior Minister announced the arrest of Elio Lorenzana, an alleged drug lord wanted on trafficking charges in the United States.
Police have arrested the alleged drug kingpin of Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum ahead of a major crackdown, as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
The death of the supreme commander of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group in an army operation Friday was a massive blow to the rebel force and a huge victory for President Juan Manuel Santos.
The Peruvian Armed Forces destroyed 75 illegal dredges belonging to informal gold miners who pollute the rivers of the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios (in southeastern Peru), on the border with Brazil and Bolivia, the Minister of Defense, Daniel Mora, announced
The United States and Bolivia took a first step toward improving relations upon signing a bi-national framework agreement based on “mutual respect” and expressed their desire to see a quick return of their ambassadors to the respective capitals.
Former ETA military chief Javier García Gaztelu, alias “Txapote,” has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for the murder of a politician and his bodyguard in 2000, in the first verdict of this kind handed down since the Basque armed separatist organization renounced violence.
The Peruvian government said on November 7 it had issued a 60-day extension of a state of emergency in several towns in the central Andean regions prone to outbursts of political violence.
A retired general promising a crackdown on violent crime won Guatemala’s presidential election on November 6 and will be the first military man to take power since democracy was restored in 1986.
The Venezuelan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, alias “Carlos the Jackal,” went on trial on November 7 in a special court in Paris for four “acts of terrorism” committed in France in the 1980s that left 11 dead and more than 140 injured.
The global nature of terrorism and the growing potential of nations and individuals to acquire weapons of mass destruction drive the Defense Department’s effort to counter these threats, the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs said.
Two hundred Ecuadorean military personnel have been deployed to regions along the Colombian border in order to reinforce Army activities intended to prevent the infiltration of Colombian irregular groups, the daily El Universo reported, citing a military commander.
Colombian forces killed the FARC rebel leader, Alfonso Cano, in combat, delivering another big blow to Latin America’s longest guerrilla insurgency, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, November 4.
Brazil’s defense industry — the largest of any Latin American nation — could double in size over the next 10 years, thanks to a new fiscal policy proposed by President Dilma Rousseff.
In the coastal town of Punta Gorda, a white, twin-engine airplane — larger than the planes usually used for domestic flights in Belize — landed right in the middle of Southern Highway.
A camp was destroyed and two narco-terrorists suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were arrested as the result of two clashes between units of the Panamanian National Border Service (Senafront) and Colombian irregulars.
The Czech police dismantled a network trafficking cocaine between the Dominican Republic and European Union countries by way of the Czech Republic and detained those chiefly responsible, a police chief announced in Prague.
On November 2, a U.S. jury found former Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout guilty of having agreed to sell arms to individuals he believed were guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with plans to attack U.S. soldiers.
In today’s globalized environment, foreign language, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities are vital for building partner capacity. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recognizes the importance of these skills and in 2011 alone held a summit, published a strategic plan, and authored a white paper to emphasize the capabilities and stress the importance of increasing interoperability and building partner capacity.
Seven guerrillas dead and five captured is the partial toll after the Colombian Air Force bombed a camp belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a rural area of the municipality of Vista Hermosa, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said.
U.S. authorities announced on November 1 that they have dismantled a gang that was operating with the Mexican Sinaloa cartel and bringing drugs worth around $33 million dollars a month into the United States.
Honduras began to deploy joint Army and police forces in dangerous neighborhoods of the capital and other major cities, seeking to tamp down a spike in violence that has given the country the world’s highest homicide rate.
On October 29, more than 100 sailors and 70 vessels participated in the second edition of the regatta held by Chile’s Arturo Prat Naval Academy (Escuela Naval Arturo Prat), which took place in Viña del Mar.
From August 29 to September 2, 2011, Diálogo attended the Third Annual South American Defense Conference, held in Santiago, Chile, where it had the opportunity to speak with some high-ranking military representatives of the participating countries. The interview with the Head of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff, Air Force General José Ramón Bonilla, is below.
The Bolivian and Brazilian governments will intensify their efforts to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking along the extensive border shared by the two countries, an effort that will include joint military exercises that could begin next year, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles and the use of radars.
On November 1, Ecuador gave El Salvador 14 tons of humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the rains of recent weeks, which left 34 dead and around US$840 million dollars in losses, the government in Quito announced.
“If it’s on it’s going to work. So it’s 100 percent effective,” explained Eddi Bowers, the Regional Support Center-Kandahar (RSC) site lead, about the Counter Radio Electronic Warfare system.
From October 24 to November 1, 2011, Brazilian Army’s 2nd Division carried out Operation Quebra-Canalha (Crook Breaker) II – an advanced training exercise aimed at preparing the division’s command beyond the 11th and 12th Infantry Brigades and other military units belonging to the country’s Army in foreign defense operations. The exercise took place in Vale do Paraíba, and included various municipalities within São Paulo state.
Haiti plans to build a new military force to replace the UN mission in Haiti, even though no date has been set yet for the withdrawal of the peacekeeping force, Haitian Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe said in Asuncion, Paraguay on October 28.
Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand, together with the under secretary for defense, Oscar Izurieta, and the head of the Joint General Staff, Lieutenant General Hernán Mardones, met with Allamand’s Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim, to review both countries’ bilateral agenda.
The Defense Department’s latest report to Congress on Afghanistan details steady progress and shows the plan there is working, a senior defense official speaking on background told reporters in Washington D.C.
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