DefenseMediaNetwork reports on a conference organized by the Naval War College conducted in Colombia,
“With the theme of “transnational threats and cooperation in the littorals,” the objective of OPTECH South has been to develop cooperative and technologically advanced ways impede kidnappings, drug running, and prevent other transnational threats and crimes in the Western Hemisphere that are affordable and sustainable.”
Sounds like something the Coast Guard would be interested in.
There were representatives from SOUTHCOM, OPNAV, ONR, NPS, CJCS, Canada, Brazil, Australia, UK, and Mexico. Noted that I saw no mention of the USCG and inquired if there was USCG representation. Had an e-mail discussion with one of the organizers of the conference, Stephan Benson, and he confirmed that there was no US Coast Guard representation at the conference.
I know we are short of money but found this curious.
They are now looking for USCG representation at OPTECH North.
Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.