Accession Number:

ADA170234

Title:

National Security Policy: Mexico.

Descriptive Note:

Student essay,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this project is to examine the major threats to the national security and sovereignty of Mexico and to determine the capability fo the Mexican armed forces to meet these threats. Through literary research and interviews with Mexican desk officers at the Department of State, information was collected on social, military, political, and economic factors which affect Mexican national security issues. Mexicans perceive a threat to national security from the current economic crisis. Austerity measures imposed by lending nations to reschedule payment of the monumental external debt have exacerbated an already grim economic situation that is leading to popular dissatisfaction with the governments economic policies at the possibility of violent internal dissension. The Mexican militarys organization, equipment, and deployment are well suited to the succesful accomplishment of its internal security mission and it should be able to maintain internal security. A longer term threat perceived the superpowers intervention in regional struggles for economic reform and social justice is leading to radicalization and militarization of opposing sides. The ensuing bloody conflict hinders the peaceful settlement of issues through negotiation and compromise. Refugees from the struggle in Guatemala are bringing this reality to southern Mexico. An armed revolution in Mexico, should one develop, would severely challenge the Mexican armed forces due to its deficiencies in numbers, equipment, tactical mobility, and fire power. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE