South American militaries




 
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December 5th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 

Topic: South American militaries


I was wondering how do south american countries militaries compare, i expect brazil to have the strongest military, but how do the other countries compare. Argentina and peru i think would have the next most powerful militaries as they have a history of military coups! anybody have any info?
December 5th, 2004  
egoz
 
I just did a paper on Narcoterrorism and i briefly went over the support that some countries in South America get by the US. For example, Columbia is getting huge amounts of support because 90% of all cocaine that comes into the US is from Columbia. But because of the terrorist/militias there the government can do little to fight them. Even with US and nearly $1.5 bil they have yet to even dent the trade.
December 6th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Most of South America's Militaries are geared toward Counter Insurgency Operations. Be it groups like MRTA, Sendero Luminoso, FARC. Tupac Amaru what have you. Most now have ties to Narcotics Trafficing since the Cuban by way of the USSR money has dried up.

Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Boliva all have very good Special Forces type units to deal with these threats. Most of their Officers have recieved some training from the US or other Countries.

The National Police of many countries in South America is a more Para-Military unit than Police Dept's in the US. That have strong special op's units and even expeditionary (within the country) capabilities.
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December 7th, 2004  
Lil Hulk 1988
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
Most of South America's Militaries are geared toward Counter Insurgency Operations. Be it groups like MRTA, Sendero Luminoso, FARC. Tupac Amaru what have you. Most now have ties to Narcotics Trafficing since the Cuban by way of the USSR money has dried up.

Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Boliva all have very good Special Forces type units to deal with these threats. Most of their Officers have recieved some training from the US or other Countries.

The National Police of many countries in South America is a more Para-Military unit than Police Dept's in the US. That have strong special op's units and even expeditionary (within the country) capabilities.
Agreed, at one time Venezuela had a decent special operations capability, but it has vanished. Columbia is a very mixed bag, from very good, to totally useless, but I would let the spec ops units fight by my side in the jungle down there in a minute.
December 7th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
It amazes me to an extent that Chavez has let the military in Venezuela degrade like he has. My thoughts are that he really fears a coup and he has gotten most of the Spec Op's guys out of the way.
December 7th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
Yeah the military was a big political player in the past, with many military coups! Whats the equipment used in thees countries militaries like? Do they mainly have light infantry/mobile/ airbourne troops to counter the narcotics indusrty or are there a lot of mechanized, armoured units?
December 7th, 2004  
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.
December 7th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
I have been reading, that in the past, as recently as 1995 there have been wars between the countries, in 1995 it was between Peru and Ecuador. Are there any reasons why there would be any more wars in the region? And which countries have the best resources to fight the wars? Have any of the countries been involved in peace keeping operations?
December 7th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
There are always disputed borders. But as of 2001 the last time I was in Peru the Border with Ecuador seemed to be a non issue.
The biggest flash point would be an all out offensive whatever guerilla organization in whatever country.

I do not know of any Latin American Country that has provided peace keepers. Unless some went to Haiti.
December 7th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
How are the economies of the countries? Could there possibly be another military coup, in e.g. Peru, or Bolivia if the people are unhappy with the government?