In the first trimester of 2022, the Brazilian Navy (MB) carried out a scientific expedition to islands of the South Atlantic Ocean, with the objective of studying and safeguarding Brazilian jurisdictional waters and their multiple extraordinary resources. The month-long trip, carried out on board the Almirante Graça Aranha hydro-oceanographic ship, had a crew of 116 people, including military personnel and civilian researchers.
The Chilean Air Force’s (FACh) Boinas Azules (Blue Berets) Parachute Squadron performed with its counterpart, The U.S. Air Force’s Wings of Blue Demonstration Team, at the 2022 International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE), held in Santiago, Chile.
The Costa Rican government declared a state of emergency on May 8, following cyberattacks by the Russian Conti ransomware gang “on more than 20 public institutions and more than a dozen high-profile private institutions,” Esteban Jiménez, chief technology officer of the Costa Rican cybersecurity firm Atticyber, told Diálogo.
The southern part of Quito, Ecuador, is home to the Armed Forces University, better known as ESPE. The school was originally established in 1922 as an engineering school for Army officers with a focus on military engineering. The school has gone through several changes since then, including the admission of civilian students in 1972.
In recent years, Latin America and Caribbean countries have suffered major environmental disasters whether by torrential hurricanes or catastrophic earthquakes in the region, causing floods and landslides that left thousands of people displaced and a high human death toll.
The U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) sponsored Tradewinds exercise is crucial to building partnerships within the Caribbean region and providing participating nations a chance to conduct joint, combined, and interagency training. More importantly, it also affords the opportunity to discuss critical initiatives and train service members on those issues.
“In traditional military operations we need to be able to shoot, move, and communicate. We need to identify key positions, know the terrain and know enemy capabilities. Cybersecurity is the same concept,” said Chief Warrant Officer Three Luis D. Nieves, a U.S. Army cyber defender assigned to the U.S. Army 915th Cyber Warfare Battalion.
On May 19-20, representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense (MD) participated in the 2nd edition of SC Expo Defense-Fair of Technologies and Defense Products, at Florianópolis Air Base, Santa Catarina state. The event reinforced the importance of developing the Defense sector, which, in addition to the technological and productive aspects of the Armed Forces, ensures the country’s sovereignty.
On May 18, the Carmelita Government School campus courtyard of Belize’s Orange Walk District transformed from a center of education into a field hospital providing care for over 300 people. The Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) medical team, Tradewinds 22 medical team, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a medical event, with preventative medicine courses, pediatrics, optometry, and dental.
Uruguay is negotiating the purchase of six to 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Brazil for up to $40 million, defense news site Infodefensa reported. The deal would include parts, tools, and replacement material. “Considering the operational availability of these aircraft and the existence of Uruguayan pilots capable of flying them, it would be a matter of a few months to organize a schedule of deliveries, training of flight and ground personnel, as well as the adequacy of facilities in the unit that will receive and operate these airplanes,” Infodefensa reported.
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).