Colombia, Host of 2012 Inter-American Naval War Game

By Dialogo
April 06, 2012

Colombia will be the host of the 38th version of the Inter-American Naval War Game, IAWG-2012, organized by the War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) for the 15 member countries of the Conference of Naval Schools of the Americas.

This academic event, which has been held since 1972 to promote the work of multi-national forces in neutralizing potential threats along maritime borders, will take place in three planned phases, starting on April 9 and extending until September 28, 2012.

In the first phase, expected to last until April 13, invited representatives from Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the United States will participate in person in the planning led by the Colombian War College, through the Navy Department, as the leader of the exercise.

From June 19 to 29, the second phase will be implemented with the delegations of the participating naval war colleges, which will have to confront simulated threat scenarios and, in real time, coordinate joint actions to counteract the different risks posed, in order to measure their capacity to react and the quality of the decisions made.

During this implementation phase, the technological foundation made available by the host unit, through its Crisis Simulation and Analysis Center, will play a fundamental role. A virtual platform will facilitate communication among the participating countries, from their respective territories, and will make it possible to recreate natural disasters, for the first time in the history of this event.

Throughout the Inter-American Naval Game, issues such as the applicability of international and domestic law when taking action in response to piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, and the effect of natural disasters will be analyzed in these scenarios, in addition to peace-keeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and pollution due to fuel spills.

The academic event’s final phase will take place from September 24 to 28 in the city of Cartagena de Indias, where the directors of the participating naval schools will meet to analyze the experience acquired in the course of the exercise and review points of mutual agreement.

It is of bad taste to call this a naval war game... it does not surprise me that the United States is involved.; they love this type of games.... and the lackeys accept it with their heads down... what a pity that we do not think on our own and are not mature in our decisions.... But anyway... that is why we, Latin Americans, are as we are .... that is why the residents of the North look down on us... because the only need to move a finger and we wag our tail.... what a shame.... I do not agree with this and never will ....