Southcom Official: ‘Friendly Network’ Critical in Confronting Transregional Threats

4/28/2017 U.S. Department of Defense

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COZUMEL, Mexico, April 27, 2017 — “It takes a network to defeat a network,” a U.S. Southern Command official stressed as representatives of 14 nations gathered here to address ways to confront the transnational security threats in Central America.

Even though the April 24-25 Central America Security Conference was a military-hosted event, the security threats transcend the defense realm and require a whole-of-government approach, Army Col. Barbara Fick, chief of Southcom’s political-military affairs division, J5, said in an interview with DoD News.

“With most of the challenges — be they security, even humanitarian issues or disasters — you need a network,” she explained. “It needs to be across borders and across institutions. It has to be transnational. It has to be interagency. The ‘friendly network’ is critical for all of the challenges.”

Fick described CENTSEC 2017, which was hosted by the United States and Mexico, as an “executive-level discussion” to foster dialogue, strengthen cooperation among the allies and promote an interagency approach within and among the partner nations.

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