Accession Number : ADA258380
Title : Theater Strategic Appraisal for South America
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
Personal Author(s) : Gay, Mark P
Report Date : Apr 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 27
Abstract : U.S. National Security Strategy supports the accomplishment of the following objectives in South America (SA): (1) Deter aggression against our allies and friends in SA in terms of the Rio Treaty; (2) Counter terrorist threats to U.S. citizens and commercial interests in SA short of armed conflict; (3) Prevent, or at least limit, the transfer of militarily critical technologies by Brazil and Argentina, particularly the spread of missile and/or nuclear technology; (4) Reduce the growth and export to the United States of illegal drugs, most notably cocaine, and work with SA governments to combat drug traffickers; (5) maintain access to SA markets and energy/mineral resources; (6) Continue to encourage the development of free-market economies in SA; (7) Achieve cooperative solutions to the environmental challenges of the Amazon Rain Forest, industrial pollution, and exploitation of Antarctica; (8) Establish a more balanced partnership with South American allies, while providing leadership and ensuring hemispheric stability during the transition period; (9) Strengthen the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote diplomatic solutions to regional disputes; (10) Deter regional military powers, such as Brazil, from seeking regional dominance or initiating internecine warfare; (11) Aid in warding off threats to democratic institutions in SA from subversion, insurgencies, military takeover, or lawlessness; and (12) Promote economic development and social/political progress in SA. Adaptation of U.S. military strategy in SA leads to courses of action that promote nuclear deterrence; encourage rotational stationing in SA of small ground/air forces to assist with intelligence collection, security assistance, and drug interdiction efforts; in coordination with the OAS and signatories of the Rio Treaty, conduct combined planning for, and exercise of, capability to respond to regional threats of aggression; and seek economies and cooperation with SA in weapons development.
Descriptors : *FOREIGN POLICY , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , *MILITARY ASSISTANCE , *SOUTH AMERICA , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , COUNTERTERRORISM , COOPERATION , DIPLOMACY , MILITARILY CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , DRUG INTERDICTION , COUNTERINSURGENCY , FOREIGN MILITARY SALES , DETERRENCE , COCAINE , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , MILITARY EXERCISES , TREATIES , MILITARY TRAINING , GUIDED MISSILES
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE