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Strengthen Partnerships

U.S. Southern Command is part of a multinational and whole‐of-government team working to advance security, governance, and economic opportunity in our neighborhood. 

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)

Integrating, aligning, and unifying our efforts with our partners is critical to our collective success. Close relationships, built on trust, facilitate our efforts to increase institutional capacity, counter threats, and respond rapidly and effectively to crises. 

Improving and building new relationships with regional partner nations expands the competitive space and advances security in our shared neighborhood.

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. service members stack boxes of aid which and water while off loading a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an aid relief mission Oct. 14, 2016 in Anse d'Hainault, Haiti. Foreign Disaster Relief

We focus on supporting U.S. government efforts to reduce human suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. The goal is to help set the stage for long-term recovery.



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.