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Author Moyano, Inigo Guevara

Title Adapting, transforming, and modernizing under fire : the Mexican military, 2006-11 / Inigo Guevara Moyano
Published Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 41 pages) : illustrations
Series Letort paper ; [no. 50]
Letort papers ; no. 50
Contents The Mexican defense structure : roles and missions -- Defense budgeting and spending -- Interservice rivalries and the competition for resources -- Evolution of the Army -- Adapting the land forces -- The human rights component : complaints vs. violations -- A wake up call -- The need for additional manpower -- Tackling desertion -- Conscription not a viable option -- The combat inventory -- Anti-narco influence on procurement -- The Mexican Air Force command -- Intensifying the counterdrug role -- Air defense needs neglected -- The Naval Ministry -- Command and territorial reorganization -- The green water fleet -- Building a Coast Guard network -- Marine Corps revival -- Transformation of naval aviation requirements -- Naval procurement, assistance, and cooperation -- Conclusion
Summary Mexico's armed forces are in the midst of a transformation to better perform in an ongoing war against organized crime. Their role and visibility have escalated considerably since President Felipe Calderon assumed office in December of 2006. Although the fight against organized crime is clearly a law enforcement matter, the absence of effective and accountable police forces has meant that the Army, Navy, and Air Force have been used as supplementary forces to defend the civilian population and enforce the rule of law. While the federal government has striven to stand up a capable police force in order to relieve and eventually replace the military, that possibility is still distant. Despite considerable attention to and investment in Mexico's law enforcement sector during the past 5 years, the armed forces continue to be the only Mexican institutions with the capabilities to conduct nationwide operations and the main implementers of the government's security policy. This paper analyzes how the counterdrug role has influenced, and in some cases directed, its modernization. It also addresses the main challenges the counterdrug role is associated with, including human rights concerns, and proposes some options for its future
Notes "September 2011."
Title from PDF title page (viewed on September 9, 2011)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-41)
Subject Civil defense -- Mexico
Law enforcement -- Mexico
Organizational behavior
Armed Forces -- Operational readiness.
Armed Forces -- Reorganization.
Civil defense.
Law enforcement.
Organizational behavior.
SUBJECT Mexico -- Armed Forces -- Operational readiness
Mexico -- Armed Forces -- Reorganization
Subject Mexico.
Form Electronic book
Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute
ISBN 1584875054
Other Titles Mexican military 2006-11