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Since its creation in 1963, the U.S. Southern Command has helped to defend peace and security in the Americas. Through the Cold War and into the second decade of the 21st Century, Southern Command has remained an enduring cornerstone for regional defense and security cooperation. From its headquarters in Miami, Florida, it is responsible for all Department of Defense security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea, an area of 16 million square miles.
U.S. SOUTHCOM is charged with defending U.S. national interests and supporting democracy, security, stability and prosperity in the Americas. It undertakes a broad range of tasks such as fostering military-to-military cooperation, supporting counter illicit trafficking efforts, fighting international terrorism, and preparing and sustaining humanitarian and disaster assistance.
Join us as General Douglas Fraser discusses the challenges in regional security and the path ahead. The discussion will highlight regional threats and challenges, the integrated approaches used to meet these challenges, and the overall activities underway in U.S. SOUTCOM’s theater of activities.
General Fraser assumed the U.S. Southern Command in 2009. He previously served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, 2008-2009. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, General Fraser holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from Auburn University. He is a command pilot with more than 2,800 flying hours, primarily in the F-15A/B/C/D, the F-15E, and the F-16.
More About the Speakers
General Douglas Fraser, USAF
Commander, U.S. Southern Command
Ray Walser, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst