Accession Number : ADA609446


Title :   Reconversion Militar del Ejercito en la Frontera Dominico-Haitiana (Military Restructuring of the Army on the Dominican-Haitian Border)


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Cespedes Tejera, Felipe


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a609446.pdf


Report Date : 22 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 99


Abstract : The defensive posture of the Dominican Army along the Dominican-Haitian border has been in place for approximately 70 years. From the time of the first American intervention into Dominican territory which occurred in 1916, the Dominican Army has focused on controlling the population and providing security to the citizens in areas where there were no other forces to enforce public order. However, events such as the dissolution of the Haitian Army and the effects of the recent earthquake illustrate the need to establish a modern security framework in tune with the new challenges against Dominican sovereignty. The asymmetry between the instruments of power of the two neighboring nations requires that the Dominican Army be highly capable in order to meet any type of challenge coming from the western [Haitian] part of the island. The frontier that separates the Dominican Republic from the Haitian Republic is a key problem area in international organized crime. As a result of the earthquake, what little security could be provided by the Haitian Army crumbled and the influx of many members of the international community made of Haiti the main bridge for drug smugglers in the Caribbean. The mission of protecting the frontier could be performed more effectively with the creation of a proper command and control infrastructure and the procurement of modern military equipment capable of meeting present security needs. This restructuring should include the creation of a staff to help coordinate the brigades stationed at the frontier.


Descriptors :   *ARMY , *DOMINICAN REPUBLIC , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY MODERNIZATION , BORDER SECURITY , CRIMES , DRUG SMUGGLING , EARTHQUAKES , HAITI , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , NATIONAL SECURITY , SPANISH LANGUAGE , THESES


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE