Hagel Looks to Strengthen Ties With Canada, Mexico

April 24, 2014

NAFTAU.S. Department of Defense, 4/24/14

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met here last night with Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, ahead of today’s North American Defense Ministerial conference, which brings together the defense leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The conference is the second since 2012, when Canada hosted the first North American defense ministers meeting, and on the flight here, Hagel told reporters traveling with him that it’s important to keep the momentum going.

“Every time we meet,” he said, “we add muscle and sinew –substance — to what we’re doing and what we could be doing.”

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Anonymous launches attack on Mexico’s Defense Department

January 18, 2013

CNET, 1/17/2013

youth with handgunAnonymous has set its sights on Mexico’s Department of Defense. The group’s Mexican legion has claimed responsibility for waging a distributed-denial-of-service attack on the government site, rendering it inoperable for several hours yesterday, according to the Associated Press. During the attack, the group posted a statement on the media section of the government’s Web site. The statement claimed that a “bad government” was running the country.

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Obama ‘s open to military help for Mexico; experts urge caution

March 15, 2009

McClatchy News Service, 3/15/2009

Robert Gates

Robert Gates

As the Pentagon eyes a bigger role in Mexico’s drug war, the military’s efforts to open the door to a new relationship with its southern neighbor risks alienating the Mexican military, which has long had a strained relationship with its counterpart, experts said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called for improved relations with the Mexican military in response to escalating drug violence along the Mexican border and in Mexico. On Meet the Press earlier this month, the secretary said: “I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past. Some of the old biases against cooperation between our militaries and so on I think are being set aside.”

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GOP lawmaker: Coordinating fight against drug violence in Mexico should be top US priority

March 10, 2009
Rep. Lewis

Rep. Lewis

Chicago Tribune, 3/10/2009

A top Republican lawmaker criticized the Defense Department on Tuesday for not making the drug violence in Mexico as big a priority as Afghanistan and coordinating U.S. resources to confront it.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said the Mexican turmoil is “a lot more important, in my own judgment, than Afghanistan at this moment.” He added: “We need to raise this to a higher level.”

Lewis praised the Homeland Security Department for deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to track human activity along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he criticized the Pentagon for not providing helicopters to help patrol it.

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