The military advantage of the United States is due to the system of alliances maintained throughout the world.
The Admiral of the US Navy UU John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, met with friendly nations of Central and South America at the 28th Inter-American Naval Conference, which took place from July 23 to 27 in Cartagena, Colombia. According to the National Defense Strategy, the Almte. Richardson seeks to strengthen ties with like-minded nations.
Commitment to Regional and Global Institutions
“We are all Americans here, but we are not united by our geography alone,” said Almte. Richardson in a speech before the attendees of the event. “We share inter-American values and commit ourselves to regional and global institutions designed to confront common security challenges.”
The Almte. Richardson added: “It is not by chance that we are here. While relations between the military are important, I believe that relations between the armed forces have a place of privilege. The relations between the navies are natural because we share experiences, cultures and knowledge, as well as love and respect for the sea and what it can provide. ”
It is significant that the conference was held in Cartagena. At one time, the city was the basis of a well-known drug cartel. Colombia was the scene of the longest civil war in the Western Hemisphere. But democratic institutions won, and last year negotiations between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) paid off: the FARC laid down their arms. Currently, Colombia not only exports security, but it has become a valuable collaborator.
“Despite the challenges we face, whether they are internal challenges in our nations or common to all of us, our relations in matters of regional security constitute the keel of our American ship,” said Almte. Richardson. “For me, the conference strengthens that keel, which is firmer and stronger than ever.”
Development and strengthening of relationships
According to the Almte. Richardson, the United States is committed to developing new ties and strengthening existing ones. “The best thing is to improve our relations with our friendly countries, and that is why most of our efforts in the region focus on strengthening the links that sustain the regional security network,” said Almte. Richardson.
The nations work together in different areas. For example, Chile, Colombia and Peru participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise, near Hawaii. Colombia has participated in the meeting 12 times. A sample of the confidence that the United States has in its South American friends is the fact that Commodore Pablo Niemann of Chile is the commander of the Maritime Component of the Combined Forces; in effect, Niemann is in command of all the maneuvering forces afloat in a series of high-level war missions. “This RIMPAC is a milestone: friendly countries that achieve their maximum naval potential, which improve together,” said Almte. Richardson.
Later this year, 2018, Colombia will host the UNITAS Exercise. The planning of the exercise, which began in 1959, began with a meeting between Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic to discuss the Possible scenarios. The exercise aims to improve coordination between naval forces.
“Our participation in the exercises reflects the interests of security and prosperity in our respective countries,” said Almte. Richardson. “It is part of a greater and lasting effort of work among the navies so that we learn to communicate, navigate and operate together through training. But the deployments have a more important purpose, “he said.
“They improve security. They maintain order. They preserve a legal, transparent and fair system for all nations, “he said. “And they promote prosperity for all.” The Almte. Richardson will continue with his agenda and will meet with officials from Brazil, Argentina and Chile.