U.S. 4th Fleet Attends Military Power Seminar at Colombian War College

Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) attended a military power seminar at the Colombian War College in Bogot, Colombia, July 12.

During the seminar, Harris spoke to participants about interoperability between the U.S. and Colombian forces, and interdiction capabilities within the coastal waters of Colombia.

As militaries, we bring certain unique capabilities to deal with transnational organized crime,” said Harris. “We are effective planners, able to deconstruct problems into their component parts and create appropriate campaign plans to deal with each component.”

The purpose of the seminar was to explore the key elements of the use of military power in the maritime and littoral environment and its impact on national strategy, security and defense. The seminar also focused on air power and the growing need for aerospace technology and capacity.

As Sailors we are well aware of the role played by major trading routes that crisscross our seas and oceans,” said Harris. “And throughout this region we face the man-made scourge of transnational criminal organizations engaged in all manner of lucrative illicit activities, trafficking in drugs, weapons, money, and people.”

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

Naval Today Staff, July 17, 2012