Chile Opens International Military Exercise

Chile Opens International Military Exercise

By Dialogo
July 13, 2011

With the formation of a joint force of six hundred military personnel, members of the armies of Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, the United States, Uruguay, and Chile began the “Huemul” multinational military peace operations exercise at Peldehue Military Base on 11 July.

The international training exercise, which includes forces from Conference of American Armies (CAA) member countries, is the first of its kind and simulates a crisis situation, with the aim of having existing regulations, manuals, and procedures put into practice by the squads or forces of the participating militaries, as proposed by the Chilean Army at the CAA’s twenty-ninth conference in Peru in 2010.

Apropos of the occasion, the Secretary of State indicated that “having such a major presence from the armies of the Americas is very significant, and first, the government would like to express its thanks, and second, these exercises, which have as their context the new tasks that armies are taking on – that is, a very strong commitment to humanitarian-aid tasks, to peacekeeping tasks and going out to help the community, in order to manage natural-disaster situations – are of the greatest importance.”

He also emphasized that “the magnitude of these challenges is going to increasingly demand more joint actions by armies, but that is going to entail the need for shared, accepted, and validated norms and procedures,” all of which will be needed, he added, in order to act in coordination with other armies of the Americas, when necessary and requested by the international community.

The countries participating in the multinational military exercise will operate in coordination until 15 July, with forces deployed according to a plan that has the objective of validating the CAA standards, defined by the conference’s member countries.

The exercise, organized by the Chilean Army, addresses the development of multiple types of training in communications and planning in the area of peacekeeping operations and disaster aid, in accordance with the Conference’s standards, which can make it possible to originate coordinated actions in such a way as to make progress in studying the advantageousness of unifying procedures, to take action in response to crisis situations, and to promote scientific, technological, and environmental research.

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