U.S. Army North Southwest Border Commanders Conference

Wednesday April 18, 2012

What is it?

U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) brings together leaders of the Mexican and U.S. military in an annual Border Commanders Conference (BCC) to discuss issues related to the border security of both nations. This is one of many Army North engagements designed to exchange information with our partner to the south as they directly fight transnational criminal organizations. Additionally, the conference serves as a venue to strengthen interoperability to better respond to disasters along the border. Attendees include Mexican military regional commanders and members of Army North and U.S. Northern Command. The BCC is hosted on a rotational basis by U.S. Army Northand the Mexican Army. Last year, the conference was held in Chihuahua, Mexico.

What has the Army done?

The Border Commanders Conference, established in 1987, has served as a forum to improve mutual cooperation and understanding between our two armies. This year's conference, which took place April 11-13 in Albuquerque, N.M., included discussions of border challenges, cross-border disaster response, and military lessons learned. Past conferences have resulted in U.S. Army Northfacilitating discussions between the Mexican Army and U.S. law enforcement agencies on border security as well as additional engagements with the Mexican military as they continue to build their capabilities to fight transnational criminal organizations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Army North, as the Joint Force Land Component Command of U.S. Northern Command, will continue to strengthen relations with the Mexican military through a myriad of regular exchanges, engagements and training events. These endeavors are part of a whole of government effort to secure our nation that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and other agencies.

Why is this important to the Army?

A strong military-to-military relationship iFmproves cooperative defense and enhances the overall ability of the U.S. and Mexican governments to secure the Southwest border. The United States and Mexico have a shared responsibility to disrupt, degrade and defeat transnational criminal organization. A secure border supports the goal of both nations to facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel between our countries.

Resources:

Mexico background notes, U.S. Department of State

U.S. Embassy in Mexico

U.S. Army North

U.S. Northern Command

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