Special Operation Forces Command and Control Structures in the Colombia Post-Conflict
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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The author studied the possibility for the modification of the current command and control structure of USSOF in Colombia. This research studied if the command and control structure needs to be rearranged to combat more efficiently the expected transnational organized crime groups in the Andean Region, especially after the FARC and the Colombian government reach a peace accord. This hypothesis was based on the previous experience of the demobilization of the paramilitaries during the Alvaro Uribe presidency. On that specific case, some of the demobilized paramilitaries turned into criminal bands that combined with narco-trafficker presented a broader criminal problem for Colombia. The researcher believes through his investigation that a more influencing command structure is needed in the Andean Ridge Region to address the demobilization process and the possible outcome. This structure needs to be able to coordinate with the US Embassy in Colombia as well as the Colombian Government, especially the Minister of Defense to address the multiple issues that can arise.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Sociology and Law