US Southern Command Partnership Programs Strengthen Region

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For the past two years at U.S. Southern Command our approach to security cooperation with the 45 nations and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean has been simple — “real and vibrant partnership for the Americas,” writes SOUTHCOM commander Admiral James Stavridis in the Miami Herald.

We try to do this while supporting and complementing the activities conducted by the State Department, Agency for International Development, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Coast Guard and others. So looking back over the past two years, is there real and vibrant partnership in the Americas?

I’ll start with an ongoing example of cooperation and commitment that we call Continuing Promise 2008 — a training and civic assistance mission that partners regional and U.S. military personnel with other U.S. government agencies, partner-nation government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, like Project Hope and Operation Smile to train and contribute to our hemisphere.

Read Adm. Stavridis’ entire article

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