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Strengthen Partnerships

We strive to be the region’s preferred security partner and the innovation platform for our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. government, academia, and the private sector.

Guatemalan marines conduct water assault training under the supervision of U.S. Marines March 9, 2016, Guatemala, as a part of a U.S. Security Cooperation Team.

Guatemalan marines conduct water assault training under the supervision of U.S. Marines March 9, 2016, Guatemala, as a part of a U.S. Security Cooperation Team.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton/RELEASED)

Our approach is guided by respect for the Inter-American principles of peace, stability, effective governance, security, equality, and human rights. Through our capacity building efforts, we  help create empowered, equal partners who are willing and able  to confront shared challenges to our hemisphere’s security.

From public-private partnerships to experimentation efforts, we seek to leverage innovative technologies, innovative ideas, and innovative people into our efforts.

Our Efforts to Strengthen Partnerships

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge Avila, instructor, gives directions to a Guatemalan Marine during a training exercise March 9, 2016, Guatemala.Building Partner Capacity | Supporting Our Partners

Active engagement with our neighbors in Central America, South America and the Caribbean contributes to regional and U.S. security. The U.S. military builds regional security through sustained engagement in order to deter adversaries, preserve stability, support allies and partners, and cooperate with others to address common security challenges.


U.S. Marines assigned to a landing attack subsequent operations team lead a discussion with Guatemalan service members about human rights July 28, 2014, in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, during Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2014.Human Rights

Promoting respect for human rights in Central and South America and the Caribbean is one of our top priorities. We have integrated respect for human rights as part of the SOUTHCOM mission since 1990.


South Carolina National Guardsmen talk with an officer of the Colombian army.. State Partnership Program in Latin America and the Caribbean

The U.S. National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP) has been successfully building relationships with partner nation forces since 1993. In SOUTHCOM's Area of Responsibility, 17 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have active partnerships with defense and security forces from 23 nations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.


A Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Assistant Field Team member completes boat checks June 7, 2016 in St. George's, Grenada, during Exercise Tradewinds 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) CBSI Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT)

The CBSI Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT) is a small team comprised of U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army engineers and logisticians who help select Caribbean coast guards and maritime-patrol units improve maintenance and operational readiness through technical assistance visits. The TAFT operations support U.S. efforts to strengthen regional security by bolstering the maritime security and counter-trafficking capabilities of Caribbean partner nations.


Dr. Judith Brill, a physician volunteering with the non-governmental organization Operation Smile, comforts a Nicaraguan patient in the post-operating room aboard USNS Comfort during Continuing Promise 2015. (U.S. Navy photo)Public / Private Cooperation

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) seeks to build partnerships with public agencies and private sector entities to enhance security and stability in the command’s Area of Responsibility (Central America, South America and the Caribbean).  The Public / Private Cooperation (PPC) program serves as a hub to facilitate these partnerships.