CANSEC 2013’s Goal: Sustaining the Force by Maintenance, Logistics, Training
By Dialogo December 13, 2012
The stable autumn temperature in Miami, Florida, helped welcome the participants to the 2013 edition of the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), taking place at the United States Southern Command on December 12 and 13.
Defense and Security chiefs, as well as representatives of Caribbean partner nations, regional organizations, observers, U.S. Southern Command Components, Military Groups and officers from several nations of our hemisphere, felt at home during two days of intensive work.
In his opening remarks, U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly said that “CARICOM is doing an excellent job in improving regional cooperation and promoting information exchange, in addition to boosting member-to-member relationships. We have made huge advancements, and now is the moment to concentrate on how we can sustain this progress to consolidate it. CANSEC is critical for developing this process.”
With the utmost respect and camaraderie, leaders representing Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago discussed proposals and looked for cooperative to counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC, for its acronym in English), and exposed the international, regional, and sub-regional challenges that they face.
The conference included informative sessions, debates and meetings centered on maintaining the maritime capacity for the CTOC operations, in an environment of limited resources. Updated information about the maritime assistance program Secure Seas, as well as the Cooperative Sensor and Information Integration system was also provided.
This year, CANSEC was consolidated as a discussion forum in search for a unified strategy to fight illicit trafficking and organized crime. It also demonstrated the commitment to share responsibilities between nations of the Caribbean and the United States, to collaborate and achieve international agreements, with the goal of defeating common threats.