Staff, aircraft and equipment from key nations working side by side while in an amphibious multinational force in maritime areas of Latin America and the Caribbean: this is how the future looks in the minds of US Marines. UU Forces of the Corps, the South and several other regional military forces.
At a time of competitive requirements around the world, MARFORSOUTH staff recognizes that no military service or nation has the resources necessary to successfully address all threats and disasters that may affect the Western Hemisphere. It will take the efforts of multiple regional countries to counteract the destructive impact of natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as man-made crises ranging from illegal commercial fishing to the illicit trafficking of narcotics and dangerous materials, according to Bellon.
Steps from theory to reality
The Marines took the first steps to bring the vision of a multinational task force from concept to reality this year when a Colombian naval infantry officer, Lieutenant Colonel Erick H. Del Rio, became a senior member of the Special Task Force Aire-Marítimo Air-Land – Southern Command. This multifunctional organization builds security force capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean through recurrent training events. It is also trained and equipped to provide a timely response to natural disasters and other crisis situations.
Obtaining a partner country officer in the SPMAGTF-SC staff is just the beginning. Later this year, US Marines and regional naval infantry leaders will gather in Brazil to carry out UNITAS Amphibious 2018, a board exercise that focuses on planning for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities. Table exercises do not involve real movements of troops, ships or aircraft. Instead, they focus on scenario-based discussions and contingency planning.
The addition of multinational assets to SPMAGTF-SC and the change in the way regional partners conduct the exercises reflect improvements in how several nations could collectively address regional security, according to Bellon.
“As we look to the future, we see partners like Brazil, Colombia and Chile leading the way to an eventual multinational amphibious task force that can provide security training, humanitarian assistance and disaster response to our friends and partners in the region,” he said. Bellon. “This working group and the associated collaboration are key pieces for our future of shared security.”
Source: Mercado Militar