Tuesday November 6, 2012
What is it?
U.S. Army South will conduct annual bilateral staff talks with the Chilean Army Nov. 5 - 7. The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral forum for strategic-level discussion between respective armies. The Staff Talks Program seeks to promote bilateral efforts in order to develop mature, professional national defense institutions; foster integration and interoperability among partners; and promote hemispheric defense institutions.
The engagements enhance army-to-army contacts and mutual understanding, providing the partner nation armies with insights concerning specific U.S. Army programs, areas of mutual interest, and assisting partner nation armies in areas of modernization or reform.
The overall objective of the U.S. Army Staff Talks Program in Latin America is to promote peace and stability in Central and South America, and the Caribbean through mutual understanding, partnership, and cooperation.
What has the Army done?
The U.S. Army has engaged in annual bilateral staff talks with the Chilean army for the past seven years. Army South is the Army's Executive Agent for conducting annual bilateral staff talks with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and El Salvador armies. The staff talks have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two armies, which have contributed to increased stability in the region.
What efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The goal during the staff talks is to develop a bilateral engagement plan with the Chilean army, which continues to strengthen its relationship with the U.S. Army. The two armies will develop knowledge, capabilities and support for current and future peace-keeping operations.
The U.S. Army will continue to support the Chilean army's effort to serve as an active leader in providing security, protecting human rights and promoting peace and stability. Their efforts in these staff talks will help increase interoperability with the U.S. military and support Chile's transformation toward joint operations.
Why is this important to the Army?
The U.S. Army's capabilities in the region are greatly influenced by the partnerships forged with partner nation armies. Strengthening the relationship with the Chilean army through these talks will have lasting effects on the peace and stability of the region. With its highly capable military and law enforcement agencies serving as models of professionalism in the region, Chile is a key player in enhancing security in the region.
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