South American militaries - Page 2




 
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December 7th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
As of now I don't know. Usually it's the military that decides to stage a coup.
December 8th, 2004  
Lil Hulk 1988
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
Most are geared are around the light infantry concept with air assualt capabilities. They also have mech capabilties, and airborne capabilities.
I recall back in the 80's El Salvador had a Parachute designated regiment on paper but it's air arm lacked the lift capability to deploy more than Company as paratroopers at one time.
When you deal with Air Assault or Airborne the militaries lift capabilty may preclude the number that will actually deploy that way as opposed to mech or light.

In South America most countries terrians are diverse Coastal Plain, Coastal Desert, Rain forset, Moutains etc. that that will decide on how they are deployed.
As you probably know, many of the El Salvadorian Airborne troops were taugh to jump from helos, with a jungle penetration goal. So, like many of the other SA militaries, their airborne capability usually went hand in hand with their spec ops.
December 8th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Yes and they are usually small compared to US standards Bn or regt strength. I think especially in the mid 80's having a parachute capability was more of status symbol in Latin America than anything.
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December 9th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
are the south american militaries limited in there abilities to combat drug growers by there lack of airbourne capabilities?
December 9th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
No not really. It's intel on where the labs and coca fields are. That coupled by corruption on the part of military and police officals who are on the Cartels payrolls. One past Colombian president accepted donations from one of the cartels. The fact is that the Cartels can and do pay more than the goverments. The current Colombian President Uribe however has pretty much drawn the line.

As far as air power effecting them most SA militaries have enough to get their elements into combat.And with the proper intel they especially the SF
formations can do really good work.

Certain Private Companies also provide airborne intelligence assets for the coca producing nations militaries.
December 9th, 2004  
Kane
 
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are the south american militaries limited in there abilities to combat drug growers by there lack of airbourne capabilities?
Not actually, South American Militaries are able and overly suffecient to combat Drug Growers.

As USMC03 have said, intelligence gathering and anti-corruption is the base of the effort.
December 9th, 2004  
egoz
 
I'd like to add that during the past year, particularly in Columbia, the US funded air sorties that use herbicide to destroy coca plants. They destroyed almost 1/3 of the plants but barely did anything to dent the coca trade (as far as they can tell by the price of drugs in the US).

As far as money goes. Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel was making billions from the trade. They actually offered to pay off the national debt and in exchange they be left alone. This was during the time Pablo was trying to be "legit" by running for office. But Cesar Gaviria, the President of Columbia at the time, refused. Corruption was so deep at that time that people were afraid to confront Escobar. Anyone who did was assassinated on the spot. There was one assassination that occured during broad daylight infront of all types of security while the politician was making a speech.

But like it's been mentioned, the corruption in the government and justice system impede progress more than the actual combat between drug cartels and the military.
December 9th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Shadowwalker if you want the most probable flash point in SA. Keep track of whats happening in Venezuela. Col. Chavez is setting the stage for dictatorship. The likelihood of a popular uprising might be pretty good.
December 9th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
Thanks, ive always been interested in SA and one of my dreams is to go treking in the andes and amazon, which is mainly why im very interested, and its quite interesting, the history, the people etc.
December 9th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Your right. South America is a wonderful place. The culture, the people and the history. I've traveled there quite a bit.

If and when you go. You need to check the US State Department Warnings and Advisories for travelers.


Several Guerilla groups in SA fund themselves thru kiddnappings, and in the Andes and the Amazon regions of some countries parts are controlled by Guerilla Groups.