With 31 years of military service, Chilean Marine Corps Captain Daniel Opazo is one of 11 partner nation military advisors (PNMA) to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
Imagine being able to establish emergency communications and internet services for local populations immediately after a disaster or monitor criminal activities, such as illicit maritime trafficking, without any interruptions for weeks or months?
U.S. General Laura J. Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), visited Argentina and Chile, April 25-29, and met with leaders of both nations to discuss security and defense cooperation.
El Salvador is extending its state of emergency to another month until May 27. The government announced the measure a day after the country recorded 62 homicides in 24 hours on March 26. This was the deadliest day in El Salvador in three decades when the country’s civil war came to an end, said the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an international journalistic investigation organization that specializes in organize crime.
A man advances with a machete toward a Colombian service member who during a patrol finds an illegal coca leaf plantation. A member of the LGBTQ community refuses to be searched by a uniformed male soldier. An indigenous man returns from a hunt to find his wife and child surrounded by camouflaged soldiers and threatens them with arrows. These are just some of the scenarios students of the Human Rights (HR) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) course from the Sargento Inocencio Chincá Noncommissioned Officer Military School, in Tolemaida, Cundinamarca department, presented. In the audience was a group of representatives from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Human Rights Office and their counterparts from partner nations. The presentation was part of preliminary activities to the III International Seminar on Human Rights and Operational Law, which took place April 28-29, 2022.
Nicaragua’s National Assembly, dominated by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, approved reforms on March 31, 2022 that give the regime control over everything from administrative positions to academic programs in universities, Reuters reported.
A Brazilian Federal Police (PF) operation, with the support of the Office of the Attorney General and the Homeland Security Investigations Agency of the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, dismantled a gang accused of operating an international ghost gun trafficking scheme. Authorities arrested three people in Brazil and three others were served arrest warrants in the United States on March 15th.
Colombia’s security forces continue to weaken the Clan del Golfo criminal group, striking hard at its financial structure and hunting down its top leaders. Troops from the Colombian Army’s Fourth Brigade and National Police units captured alias El Viejo, Felipe or Sebastián, who served as an alleged military leader of the Clan del Golfo.
Israel’s contention that its regional foe Iran is helping Venezuela build combat drones is raising concerns that the two anti-U.S. allies could enable such drones to be used for terrorism.
Creating and Maintaining non-Binary Strategic Foreign Policy The foreign policy of the United States of America is in danger of failing to innovate to meet the challenges of a developing, changing, and increasingly competitive world. The growing threat to developing tailored strategic foreign policy has grown from the academic channelization of two basic different schools of thought. These have evolved into binary sets of policies with only the slightest of deviations and nuances. Although some foreign policy language has started to address complexities, conversation is still incredibly stove piped into concepts of isolationism being associated with realism and global engagement with liberalism.
Russia uses artificial intelligence to spread deepfakes — a combination of the concepts deep learning and fake — on the internet; that is, montages of altered images or videos in which a person does or says things that they never did or said. This is among the disinformation weapons cybercriminals are using in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These are lies that appear to be true.
On April 12, the Brazilian Senate approved, in a symbolic vote, a 2020 agreement between Brazil and the United States regarding military technology research and development. Signed in Miami, the agreement on Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Projects (RDT&E) covers collaboration, research, and development of advanced technology components and prototypes, including the loan of equipment and materials.