<b>Conference of American Armies </b>

<b>What is it' </b>

The Conference of American Armies is an organization of 20 member national armies, five observer armies and two international military organizations that promotes cohesion, improves hemispheric security and strengthens inter-American friendships on an army-to-army basis. U.S. Army South is program manager for the CAA. The next session of the conference series is being hosted by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, May 31-June 4, 2010.

<b>What has the Army done' </b>

In the past 10 years, the CAA has had a successful exchange of ideas and strengthened the integration and collaboration between American Armies, fostering unity and inter-American friendships.

Soldiers from U.S. Army South have actively promoted cooperation with regional militaries to achieve shared goals. Recent activities include: Multinational relief operations in Trinidad, Tobago and Honduras; construction projects (schools, clinics, wells and community centers) in Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru; Medical Readiness Training Exercises to train local medical staffs and provide medical and veterinary services in Paraguay, Honduras and Haiti; humanitarian and civic assistance operations focusing on engineering medical and veterinary support to the people of Latin and South America and the Caribbean.

Most recently, Operation Unified Response in Haiti provided many lessons learned and will serve as a model for humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations for the next decade.

<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned' </b>

U.S. Army South and the CAA will continue to provide humanitarian aid and security to the region. U.S. Army South offers local governments the means to enhance the quality of life for their inhabitants by constructing/renovating medical clinics, schools, community centers, water wells, and other life support facilities.

In the next decade, major U.S. objectives in the Western Hemisphere are to strengthen the inter-American community by developing economic partners that are democratic, stable and prosperous; helping friendly neighbors secure their region against terrorism and illegal drugs; and ensuring nations that work together advance shared political and economic values.

<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>

As a result of the work done by the CAA, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, member nations are better prepared to confront the many challenges facing our hemisphere. In this role, the U.S. Army is a positive, progressive force for peace and stability in the Americas. By continuing to support the CAA, the United States demonstrates its commitment to regional security and development.

<b>Resources: </b>

<a href="http://www.redcea.org/" target="_blank"> Conference of American Armies </a>

<a href="http://www.army.mil/RDECOM " target="_blank"> U.S. Research, Development and Engineering Command</a>

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