South American Defense Leaders Gather in Lima for Defense Conference

By Dialogo
August 03, 2010

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) leaders are meeting with senior South American security officials Aug. 2-4 for the second annual South American Defense Chief’s conference which aims to improve security cooperation in the region.

This year’s South American Defense Chiefs Conference, co-hosted by the Armed Forces of Peru and SOUTHCOM is being held in Lima, Peru. The conference’s focus is on military support to humanitarian assistance and disaster response along with security issues and threats and the way forward as the United States and regional partner nations work to better address those threats.

One of the conference’s main objectives is to encourage participants in frank and candid dialogue among on security issues and examine areas of mutual interest for collaboration and cooperation. Last year’s conference, held in Cartagena, Colombia focused on the future challenges and missions for South American forces. Previously, these security conferences were split into two regions; ANDSEC (Andean Ridge Security Conference) featuring the countries from the Andean Ridge, and SOUTHDEC (Southern Cone Defense Conference) which featured countries from the Southern Cone.

The conference participants are security leaders from 8 nations and representatives from various regional organizations including the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB); the Inter-American Defense College (IADC); and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). Mexico and Panama were invited as observers for this year’s conference.