U.S. Special Ops Command South Presses for Increased Engagement with Latin American Partners

first_img Despite dwindling resources and a U.S. defense focus on the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the commander of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) is committed to not only maintaining, but increasing engagements in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Regular, sustained engagement is key to SOCSOUTH’s core mission: building partner capacity so regional nations can address their own challenges, Army Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland told American Forces Press Service while in Washington D.C. for an annual Special Operations and Low-intensity Conflict Symposium and Exhibition. “On any given day, I have over 300 people deployed downrange to Central and South America, including members of every service’s special operations force and their civil affairs and military information support teams,” he said. “SOCSOUTH is engaged 365 [days a year], 24/7.” A Green Beret who has served most of his career within Latin America, Mulholland said he’s convinced that persistent engagement establishes a level of credibility and trust simply not possible through traditional training and exercise programs. “Building partner capacity is planting seeds” that require nurturing over time, he said. “It’s really not rocket science. It’s about personal relationships and what we do as we build partner capacity,” he said. “It is always letting your partners know that you are there, inside their country, helping them out — whether it is one guy or 50 guys and gals. It is all about contact.” Since assuming command in October, Mulholland has made a concerted effort to promote these contacts, all governed by the host nation’s requests, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy country team and at the direction of U.S. Southern Command. “We don’t do anything [the host nation] doesn’t ask for. And we don’t do anything the embassy hasn’t approved that we do,” he explained. “There is nothing spooky or under-the-table about what we do. It is all above-board, and it is all about building partner capacity.” That capacity is vital to stemming the challenges in the region: drug traffickers and other transnational criminals and terrorist elements seeking footholds in ungoverned spaces, among them. These groups use these areas to flow drugs and other illicit shipments through Central America and Mexico and, ultimately, to the United States. “The best way to go after a threat is to have that partner nation develop a security capacity and diminish that threat,” Mulholland said. “I can affect this bridge coming up north through Mexico to the United States. I can do that by helping build partner capacity with [host nation] units that are actually going to go out there and do something about it. And that is happening.” Mulholland cited Colombia as the shining example of what capacity building can achieve. Today, thanks to strong Colombian leadership and persistent U.S. support and engagement, Colombia has capable, highly respected security forces. In addition to securing their own country, they are now training other regional militaries. “They have become exporters of [force integration training],” Mulholland said, taking what they have learned and sharing it with their neighbors. “This is Latins training Latins, and that is a beautiful story,” Mulholland said. “It’s poetry.” Other success stories can be found in Brazil, which has long stood as a strong example in the region, and increasingly in Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador. SOCSOUTH’s special operators help partner military and police forces improve their counterdrug capabilities, then embed with them to help them plan and conduct actual missions. This forms a bond simply not possible through traditional schoolhouse training and short-duration exercises, he said. “We are practitioners, not visitors. … This deepens our commitment to them, and they know it,” Mulholland said. “They know we are there for them, so I think it builds partnership capacity faster.” It’s a formula that’s been tested and proven over time, even while wartime requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan tapped some of SOCSOUTH’s personnel and equipment. Now, as defense budgets get tightened, he said he’ll do everything he can to increase engagement in the region. That, Mulholland recognized, is likely to require scrapping the “nice to have” activities and concentrating on what’s essential. By Dialogo February 01, 2013 It is a national duty for the American Continent countries to understand with an open mind the United States Government’s concerns and availability, through the South Command, to enlighten the common threats and contribute to prepare the friend countries against adverse movements and forces which act to profit from drug trafficking, cyber wars, asymmetric wars. The politicians and rulers are the ones responsible to create proper conditions for defense forces and public security, to guarantee a sanity human environment in their countries, which are threatened by the traditions decay, corruption, democracy erosion, and the lamentable development of materialists and Hedonists societies. Besides that, creating of an educational preparation and building up useful national citizenships, important for the development and social peace throughout the American Nations.Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Public Relations Director – Graduates Association of the Escola Superior de Guerra (Superior School of War) – ESG – São Paulo, Brazil Very good article. I am a security consultant and advisor. Ct(R) Fabio Garzon Fiscos. I would like to be able to reach General Sean Mulholland. Thank youlast_img read more

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Who plays on ‘Thursday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for Week 15

first_imgThis week on “Thursday Night Football,” the Ravens will host the Jets in a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox and NFL Network. Based on the massive point spread attached to this game, Baltimore vs. New York is not expected to be tight. The 11-2 Ravens are 16-point home favorites over the 5-8 Jets.MORE: Watch ‘Thursday Night Football’ live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Ravens last week became the first AFC team to clinch a playoff berth, and with some help in Week 15, they can clinch as much as a first-round bye in the postseason. To do that, Baltimore needs to take care of New York on Thursday night and see New England lose or Kansas City lose (or tie). Also, if the Ravens simply beat the Jets, they’ll clinch the AFC North title.That success, of course, is the work of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who needs just 23 rushing yards Thursday night to break Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record. Additionally, if Jackson has at least 122 passing yards against the Jets, he will become the first player with at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in his first 30 career games in NFL history.Below is all the info you need to watch “Thursday Night Football” this week, including the TV channel and kickoff time for Ravens vs. Jets.RUSH TO JUDGMENTLamar Jackson passed Michael Vick as a QB long before rushing recordWho plays on Thursday Night Football tonight?New York Jets at Baltimore RavensKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETIn both our picks against the spread and our straight-up NFL predictions for Week 15, Sporting News is projecting a Ravens win over the Jets on Thursday night. Below are the explanations.Pick against the spread: The Jets are done with their easy second-half schedule. Sam Darnold and the passing game will go back to struggling against the Ravens’ revved-up pass rush and nasty secondary, and no one knows how Le’Veon Bell will be used when he returns from his illness. The Jets will try to figure out Lamar Jackson, but their traditional run defense is useless against him, especially with their depleted linebacker corps. Their mess of a secondary also will allow him to execute some big pass plays. Pick: Ravens win 30-10 and cover the spread.Straight-up prediction: Somebody somewhere will pick the Jets and their seventh-ranked defense in terms of yards allowed per game to stun the heavily favored Ravens. But it won’t be here, because Baltimore has the league’s sixth-ranked defense in addition to its NFL-best scoring offense. Lamar Jackson and Co. will complete the season sweep of AFC East opponents in style as he breaks Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record. Pick: Ravens 30, Jets 17. MORE: Full betting preview for Jets vs. RavensWhat channel is Thursday Night Football on?TV channel (national): NFL Network, FoxTV channel (Baltimore): WBFFTV channel (New York): WNYWLive stream: fuboTV”Thursday Night Football” broadcast rights in 2019 are shared between Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime.Thursday night games on Fox this season are called by the network’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink, and rules analyst Mike Pereira. Andrea Kramer and Hannah Storm are the voices for Amazon Prime’s broadcasts.WEEK 15 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThursday Night Football TV schedule for 2019All “Thursday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.WeekDateMatchupTV channels4Sept. 26Eagles at PackersFox, NFLN, Prime5Oct. 3Rams at SeahawksFox, NFLN, Prime6Oct. 10Giants at PatriotsFox, NFLN, Prime7Oct. 17Chiefs at BroncosFox, NFLN, Prime8Oct. 24Redskins at VikingsFox, NFLN, Prime9Oct. 3149ers at CardinalsFox, NFLN, Prime10Nov. 7Chargers at RaidersFox, NFLN, Prime11Nov. 14Steelers at BrownsFox, NFLN, Prime12Nov. 21Colts at TexansFox, NFLN, Prime14Dec. 5Cowboys at BearsFox, NFLN, Prime15Dec. 12Jets at RavensFox, NFLN, Prime UPDATE: The NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” schedule concluded after Week 15 for the 2019 regular season. But don’t dispair. Instead, the league will play three games on Saturday in Week 16. Here is the entire schedule for this weekend’s games.In 2019, “Thursday Night Football” generally features intriguing matchups, even if the quality of play takes a dip as a result of a short week for the participating teams. That’s part of the reason the NFL can continue to get away with forcing teams to play a few days early each week. As long as fans care to scan their TV channels for “Thursday Night Football,” the league will give the people what they want.last_img read more