Nations Team Up Against Illicit Traficking
By Dialogo January 01, 2010It's great to finally see them working together on this problem.
Payday Loans DCA Mission: The Defense Cooperation Agreement, or DCA, signed Oct. 30, 2009, between the governments of Colombia and the United States, extends their close bilateral relations and reaffirms their continued commitment to working together on mutual security threats, including combating illicit trafficking. The DCA facilitates U.S. access for 10 years to three Colombian Air Force bases, two Navy bases and two Army installations. The DCA does not permit the establishment of a U.S. base in Colombia, and all military installations are and will remain under Colombian control. Activities conducted from the Colombian bases by the United States can only take place with the expressed approval of the Colombian government. Support to Colombia, coordinated by U.S. Southern Command, is limited to training, logistics and intelligence. Participating countries: Colombia and the United States Enduring Friendship Mission: This multiyear maritime security initiative aims to bolster partner nation capabilities to assist in the interception of illicit traffickers. Promoted by U.S. Southern Command, the program works with Caribbean and Central American partner nations and provides training and technical support in addition to high-speed interceptor boats fitted with state-of-the-art communications and radar equipment. The boats can outrun most smuggling vessels, and the command and control communications systems provide an interoperable edge in tracking and pursuing suspects. These increased capabilities complement the participating nations’ ongoing patrol efforts and yield a security partnership that provides a net of coverage to detect, deter, disrupt and defeat illicit activity in a region with many threats. Participating countries: United States, Colombia, partner nations from the Caribbean and Central America PANAMAX Mission: In 2009, PANAMAX was one of the largest multinational training exercises in the world, involving more than 30 vessels, a dozen aircraft and 4,500 personnel from 20 nations. The annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, one of the most strategically and economically crucial infrastructure systems in the world. This exercise improves the capabilities of partner nations in assisting Panama to safeguard passage through the canal. Another facet of the exercise is to counter and prevent the flow of illegal weapons. The historically maritime-focused exercise now includes ground, air, and special operations components. Participating countries: 20 in 2009 TRADEWINDS Mission: TRADEWINDS is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual exercise held in various Caribbean locations, designed to improve responses to regional security threats. In the past, this exercise has been held in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Belize. Realistic training scenarios help to coordinate partner nations’ search and rescue and maritime interdiction operations, increase maritime domain awareness and better coordinate seizure of illicit-trafficking vessels. More than 400 personnel took part in 2009, and the participation grows each year. Participating countries: United States, United Kingdom, Belize, 15 partner nations from the Caribbean