It is of bad taste to call this a naval war game… it does not surprise me that the United States is involved.; they love this type of games…. and the lackeys accept it with their heads down… what a pity that we do not think on our own and are not mature in our decisions…. But anyway… that is why we, Latin Americans, are as we are …. that is why the residents of the North look down on us… because the only need to move a finger and we wag our tail…. what a shame…. I do not agree with this and never will …. By Dialogo April 06, 2012 Colombia will be the host of the 38th version of the Inter-American Naval War Game, IAWG-2012, organized by the War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) for the 15 member countries of the Conference of Naval Schools of the Americas. This academic event, which has been held since 1972 to promote the work of multi-national forces in neutralizing potential threats along maritime borders, will take place in three planned phases, starting on April 9 and extending until September 28, 2012. In the first phase, expected to last until April 13, invited representatives from Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and the United States will participate in person in the planning led by the Colombian War College, through the Navy Department, as the leader of the exercise. From June 19 to 29, the second phase will be implemented with the delegations of the participating naval war colleges, which will have to confront simulated threat scenarios and, in real time, coordinate joint actions to counteract the different risks posed, in order to measure their capacity to react and the quality of the decisions made. During this implementation phase, the technological foundation made available by the host unit, through its Crisis Simulation and Analysis Center, will play a fundamental role. A virtual platform will facilitate communication among the participating countries, from their respective territories, and will make it possible to recreate natural disasters, for the first time in the history of this event. Throughout the Inter-American Naval Game, issues such as the applicability of international and domestic law when taking action in response to piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, and the effect of natural disasters will be analyzed in these scenarios, in addition to peace-keeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and pollution due to fuel spills. The academic event’s final phase will take place from September 24 to 28 in the city of Cartagena de Indias, where the directors of the participating naval schools will meet to analyze the experience acquired in the course of the exercise and review points of mutual agreement.
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo December 15, 2020 In late October, the Peruvian Armed Forces, in coordination with the National Police, destroyed thousands of marijuana plants in operations carried out in the Anco district, Ayacucho region. At that location, service members also destroyed clandestine drug labs, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) reported.“Five labs used for drying and storing drugs, as well as 255,600 marijuana plants, were discovered following a joint operation between the Eastern Operational Command [COE, in Spanish] and the National Police, on October 25 in Amaru Pampa village,” the CCFFAA said in a statement.Service members destroy a rustic lab for cocaine production in Loreto department, after COAM troops found six labs during a territorial control operation in late October. (Photo: Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command)Agents seized a total of eight plots, in coordination with the Prosecutor’s Office Specializing in the Crime of Illicit Drug Trafficking, which ordered the incineration of the crops and labs that were found.“This new effort by the law enforcement forces follows the intervention [conducted] on Thursday, October 22, in this same area, where authorities managed to destroy another 15,000 marijuana plants bound for illicit drug trafficking,” the CCFFAA reported.The CCFFAA specified that this type of plantations is new in the area, where illicit cocaine trafficking prevails, and announced that they will put greater emphasis on control so as to prevent this type of crops.From October 30 to November 2, patrols of the Amazon Operational Command (COAM, in Spanish) carried out a territorial control operation as part of the Border Surveillance System and destroyed six illegal laboratories in the Mariscal Ramón Castilla province, Loreto department, which borders Colombia.The labs were rustic wooden houses, where service members found coca crops covering about 60 hectares, in addition to other materials used for drug production, such as a boat engine, a coca leaf mincer, a motor pump, a high-pressure pump, and two electric scales.After complying with legal protocols for the sampling and identification of chemicals, authorities proceeded to destroy and incinerate the narco-labs.“The Armed Forces continue to make efforts to neutralize illegal activities, together with control actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the CCFFAA said.