From January to date, the Bolivian police seized 7.7 tons of cocaine – paste and hydrochloride – of which 50% came from Peru, Counter Drug Chief Col. Gonzalo Quezada reported on May 20, in La Paz.
A group of 5,000 Soldiers and Federal Police members arrived in the troubled state of Michoacán, an area in western Mexico, on May 20, in order to deter violence generated by drug trafficking cartels and armed groups, which present themselves as self-defense groups, official sources said.
The 8th Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) was held in April in Panama, a nation that could be seriously affected by budgetary cuts in the United States if Panamax, an annual exercise aimed at training Western Hemisphere militaries to protect the Panama Canal, is cancelled. Diálogo in...
The Oceanic Patrol Vessel “APA,” designed and built to fulfill the needs of maritime surveillance of extensive areas, will assist the other ships from the Brazilian Navy by protecting the “Blue Amazon”.
Brazilian Minister of Defense Celso Amorim declared that Brazil will continue to contribute to the stabilization of Haiti, but it cannot perpetuate its presence in the country in order to avoid an “unwanted comfort zone.”
On May 16, a Mexican Army general was appointed head of security in Miochoacán, an area in western Mexico troubled by the emergence of armed groups that present themselves as self-defense groups.
Costa Rican authorities seized a shipment of 406 kilos of cocaine hidden in a truck heading to Nicaragua, the Drug Control Police (PCD) reported.
The May 15 resumption of peace talks in Cuba between Colombia’s government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels has sparked renewed optimism that a settlement to the 60-year-old armed conflict is within sight. But the road map to peace remains obscured by unanswered questions ...
Natural disasters are an inescapable reality. In order to prevent and respond to these phenomena, countries in the region have organized national systems for civil protection, from which they coordinate and employ all state resources.
In the aftermath of the bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon on April 15, at least one of Boston’s civilian trauma surgeons who treated several of the victims also happens to be a Military reservist whose combat casualty care training proved to be extremely handy.
When Mr. Mario Zamora took office as Costa Rica’s Minister of Public Security on May 1, 2011, he said that his goal was to restrain increased crime rates, as well as to reduce the level of violence exerted in crimes throughout the country.
Suriname has announced the $2.4 million purchase of 75 armored and luxury vehicles for the nation’s army, police, customs and intelligence departments.
Uruguay, historically one of South America’s least violent countries, now averages one homicide per day, says Observatorio FundaPro, a security research organization based in Montevideo.
With the institutional support of the Navy of Brazil and Portugal, the Naval Institute of Portuguese-Speaking Countries will hold its third conference between May 20 and 23, at the Naval War School auditorium, in Rio de Janeiro, with the theme: “The future of the Portuguese-Speaking nations at sea”.
Joint Task Force-Bravo partnered with Honduran Ministry of Health and Honduran Military personnel to provide medical services to more than 500 Cuesta de la Virgen community members during a Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE), on May 6.
Four guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN) were killed, and another one was captured during an armed confrontation that took place in a rural area of the department of Arauca, bordering Venezuela, the Colombian Army reported on May 15.
The Colombian National Police Office for Citizen Security has created an email address to send videos and photographs showing criminal activity, such as the sale of drugs and theft against people, households, and commercial premises.
Authorities in Ecuador have thwarted a major cocaine producing and smuggling network that had links to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, government officials said.
On May 14, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the inclusion of Mexican national Alfredo Andrade Parra on the list of Foreign Narcotics Kingpins pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his significant role in international narcotics trafficking and fo...
Five guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and a police officer were killed during armed confrontations and attacks in different regions of Colombia, just before the peace talks between this insurgency and the national government resumed in Havana, authorities reported...
Aircraft from the Brazilian and Paraguayan Air Forces operated between May 6 – 10, at the PARBRA III binational military exercise, providing training on rules and procedures to strengthen the surveillance of airspace in the border region. During the exercise, controllers and pilots of both countr...
The Boston Marathon attacks had major repercussions on Brazilian authorities, increasing the safety concern, particularly because of the large events that the country will host beginning in June with the World Youth Day, and in following years, when millions of tourists from different nationaliti...
Almost 18 months after launch, “Operation Martillo” (Hammer”) has proven to be a big hit (no pun intended) if you ask the personnel involved in this huge effort to counter transnational organized crime in the waters of the Caribbean. Among these countries is Belize, which has been a key player wh...
Aureliano Cano Flores, one of Mexico’s notorious Gulf Cartel leaders, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for smuggling marijuana and cocaine into the United States, the Public Prosecutor reported on May 13.
On May 1st, the Brazilian Modern Pentathlon Military Team won the British Army’s Modern Pentathlon International Competition, in Sandhurst, England. It is a competition recognized by the International Military Sports Council (CISM) which gathered athletes from Europe and South America.
U.S. drone technologies are on display at an international defense technology exhibition in Lima, taking place from May 15-19. A total of 90 companies from 25 countries are participating.
The alleged Colombian drug trafficker Giraldo de Jesús Escalante Villegas, alias ‘Escalante’ and leader of the gang ‘Los Urabeños’, was arrested on May 10 in western Venezuela, Néstor Reverol, head of the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), reported.
A factory that produced one thousand improvised explosive devices (IED) per month to be used by the narco-terrorist organization Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in terrorist attacks and mine planting, was seized in the rural municipality of Suárez in the department of Cauca, on May 10.
The United States announced that slight increases in military cooperation for México and Central América would take place in the fiscal year 2014. Honduras will be the Central American country to obtain the most assistance, with $4.5 million, compared to the $3.5 million granted in 2013.
Colombia’s longstanding conflict against FARC terrorists is beginning to look less like an all-out military conflict and more like a government crackdown on organized crime.
After his participation at the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC 2013) in Panama City, on April 18, Army General Avilés Castillo met with Diálogo to discuss the vast exchange of cooperation and information between his country and the other nations in the region, as well as of the grea...
The Colombian Army reported on May 9 that 5,000 antipersonnel mines from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were seized and destroyed by in a rural area of Caquetá department.
Organized criminals killed at least 1,000 bus drivers, cabbies, truckers and other transportation workers in Guatemala between 2006 and 2012, according to the country’s Coordinadora Nacional de Transporte (CNT) — making this line of work one of the most dangerous occupations in Guatemala today.
The go-fast boat moved swiftly through the Pacific waters just off Panama City, but it was quickly spotted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials aboard an aircraft that had been tracking the suspicious vessel.
Seeing the need for an exercise that would allow U.S. Air Force rescue units to test and improve the full range of their capabilities, in 2006, Brett Hartnett, then an Air Force rescue pilot, created Angel Thunder. Seven years later, Hartnett, now a civilian contractor based at Davis-Monthan U.S....