Establishing a multinational maritime task force with Central and South American partner nations remains a priority for US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Commander Admiral Craig Faller, although a time frame for doing so is dependent on available dollars and demands on the US force.
Adm Faller recently discussed his efforts to shore up relationships with Latin American nations at a time when the Trump administration has stripped aid funding away from several nations and Chinese and Russian influence in the region is burgeoning.
“Russia, China, and Iran, they’re there and they’re present and they’re working there for their national interests in ways that are 100 percent counter to long-term stability in the region and our own,” he told reporters during a 4 October Defense Writers Group breakfast.
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