THE COSTA RICAN SECURITY FORCES: A MODEL ARMED FORCE FOR EMERGING NATIONS.
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE
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A brief survey of functions of military-type organizations in developing nations is presented. This survey outlines those requirements for both police organizations and the military, and highlights most intently the area of internal security. The area of internal security is a gray zone of responsibility overlap for the police and the army, and it is most important in the emerging nations with their limited resources. If the nation has no designs on its neighbors, does it need and can it support both type forces. This area also provides a great temptation as an excuse for the participation in extra-professional activities by the armed forces. The basic question for this research was How are the Costa Rican forces structured and can these forces, referred to in Costa Rica as the Public Forces or the Public Security Forces, be categorized as a police force, an army, or are they a special outgrowth of Costa Rican values. Author
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