Assisting Professional Militaries in Latin America, National Security Stategy Development Workshop, La Paz, Bolivia

  • October 15, 2003
  • Prof Bernard F Griffard, Mr Todd M Wheeler

Professionalization of their nation's military establishment is a challenge for some Latin American democracies because of the historical baggage carried by their armed forces. However, the reality is that military organizations existing with less than adequate training and professional standards as well as operating in an under resourced environment are susceptible to corruption and politicization, and in that way pose a threat to further democratic development. At the request of United States Southern Command and in support of their efforts to assist the nations of Central and South America in developing a strategic planning process, the USAWC's Center for Strategic Leadership conducted a National Security Strategy Development Workshop in La Paz, Bolivia which which included the current class of 61 students (36 Military, 5 National Police and 20 Civilian Government personnel.) at the Bolivian Escuela de Altos Estudios Nacionales, their National War College.