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Colombian Army Forms Combined Arms Task Force to Confront New Security Challenges

Colombian Army  Forms Combined Arms Task Force to Confront New Security Challenges

By Dialogo
August 10, 2015

Excellent information, concise and enjoyable Say it Colombia, is beautiful The governments of each country need to do something for their homeland to end corruption, organized crime which runs the government in general, and well I like that my glorious Colombian army is keeping up to date. What's more, we should be at the forefront of modernization and prepare soldiers not just for combat but also to find and exterminate the insurgent groups have the ability to find and destroy camp sites with the fewest casualties possible in the operations area. It's time for the military forces of Colombia to have the appropriate arsenal for any armed conflict, not just internal conflicts, they should have the ability to face any external threat. The sons of the poor, even if there were to be peace, they are being prepared in Colombia to always be at war, whether it's in Colombia or somewhere else in the world. People like you who always play the victim but really all of you are cowards who run out like rats when our country needs to be defended. There are no poor or rich in our Armed Forces, there are honorable Colombians who love our country. Now that there is tension with Venezuela it's clear that the joint armed task forces are an important necessity and should be put into place as soon as possible. I remind you that a country ready for war will always be at peace. So, I would like everyone to take into account the heroes of the mobile units, who are the courageous ones. Give them the appropriate training to put an end to those criminal gangs, and work more in intelligence If you want peace prepare for war in Colombia. We need a powerful air force to face external threats This information makes us feel so safe!! I do like it. I served in the military; I served my country, Colombia, but I would like soldiers to be given better opportunities for learning, a good opportunity in which after getting out, they serve Colombian society. Thank you. Colombia needs modern defense weaponry to defend its sovereignty and let dictator Maduro threaten us any time he wants and with the old, obsolete weaponry we have we humiliate ourselves before that tyrant Mr. Santos stop spending so many billions on those criminals whose reward is ready and let's prepare our defense forces and let's wake up because we're being eaten alive by terrorists and Maduro, the villain. The generals have to wake up, too, because dangerous times are coming such as it is after a conflict whoever is reading please respond contact jomar1938@hotmail.es or 3208816346 sincerely jose I think it's very interesting because I would like to pursue a military career Not everything can be for war. We have to invest in the countryside where real social justice exists. There will be peace, security, harmony, tranquility, with all this we shall move forward in a country as rich as ours.


The Colombian National Army is forming its first ever Combined Arms Task Force to prepare for hybrid wars, transnational criminal organizations and urban warfare, as well as regional conventional threats such as transnational criminal organizations. Its goal is to transform the Colombian Army from an infantry-led institution to a more dynamic force, based in part on concepts used by Chilean and U.S. Brigade combat teams.

“We activated a Combined Arms Task Force so as to have a referent for all of the Army’s units,” said Colonel Fernando Farfán Castro, Commander of the Joint Task Forces, who spoke during a presentation at the 4th annual Armored Vehicles Latin America conference held in Bogotá, Colombia from June 30th to July 1st. “We are looking to the future and to the capacities of land units.”

The task force, which is currently training in the country's northern regions, integrates refurbished EE-9 Cascavel armored reconnaissance vehicles, M113A2 armored personnel carriers, and EE-11 Urutu armored vehicles with Humvees and 32 newly acquired American LAV III 8x8s that cost $84 million. The new unit is part of the Colombian Military’s Minerva Plan -- a 15-year $300-million initiative that seeks to modernize the Armed Forces and prepare them for new operations that go beyond the country’s internal conflict with terrorist guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

A new approach


“We can’t limit ourselves to attack and defense,” said Army Colonel Luis Carlos Martínez Cristancho, the head of the Lessons Learned branch of the Minerva Plan, an office in charge of preserving Colombia’s acquired Military knowledge. “We also need to carry out peacekeeping operations. We need to rise to a different level.”

The Combined Arms Task Force is an important step to reaching that goal. It's the first component of what is projected to become a fully functioning Combined Arms Brigade with armored Infantry, Cavalry, Reconnaissance, Engineer, Communications, and Aviation units.

In recent years, Colombia has focused its assets and resources on combatting the FARC, the ELN, transnational criminal organizations and local gangs. Consequently, the government has not spent much money on its fleet of armored vehicles until recently , said retired Major General Luis Hernando Barbosa Hernández, a former commander of the Army’s Fourth Brigade. He's also a consultant for the government on armored vehicles.

The possible end of the conflict with the FARC and other guerrilla groups could change the government's national security priorities. Consequently, the Armed Forces are preparing for different public safety challenges.

For example, the mobile armored vehicles can be used not only in conventional and urban warfare, but also to counter other threats, such as drug-smuggling operations. They're being deployed in a wide range of terrains, from deserts to swamps to jungles, to shut down drug trafficking routes.

“We are an on-the-ground laboratory that observes how these armored vehicles behave,” said Colonel Farfán Castro. “And we are succeeding.”
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