High-Ranking Officers from the Americas Will Participate in Disaster Relief Exercise in Chile
By Dialogo July 17, 2009Santiago de Chile, 15 July (EFE).- High-ranking army officers from eleven countries in the Americas will participate in the first multilateral disaster cooperation exercise in Santiago from July 20 to 24, the Chilean Army announced today. The exercise, organized by the Conference of Army Commanders in the Americas (CEA), will include high-ranking military officers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Chile. The meeting, which will be held at the Chilean Army Center for Computational Operational-Tactical Training, will include the first application of the simulation system for emergency situation management and training (SIGEN) created by this institution. The simulation consists of sending an email reporting a fictional major catastrophe to which the officers will have to respond by taking decisions to maintain the security of the population in a coordinated manner. A multilateral operation of this type has never been carried out before in the Americas, for which reason it is hoped that the exercise will lead to improvements in management, reaction capabilities, and decision-making among the various armies. In addition, roundtables will be held with Chilean and foreign presenters who will draw up recommendations to be presented at the CEA’s meeting of army commanders to be held in Buenos Aires in October.