XXIII. Iberoamerican Conference of Defense College Directors addresses Armed Forces participation in fight against COVID-19

during one bus tour through the striking Sao JoãoFortress, the site of the founding of the city of Rio de Janeiro (1565), Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Gilberto Cezar Lourenco commented on that drew giggles from the passengers. The sun rises for everyone, but the Sugar Loaf’s shadow is only for those privileged to work on the Brazilian War College [ESG], he said, referring to the striking peak in Rio de Janeiro, located just in front of the ESG, in the bucolic neighborhood of Urka.

That bus Passengers were representatives of the 10 countries participating in the XXIII Ibero-Directors of the American Defense Collegeconference (CDCDIA)Organized by ESG from August 29th to September 2nd. Brazil (hosts), Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay took part in the event USA as permanent observer. It was the fifth time ESG had hosted the annual event the previous editions were 2001, 2008, 2011,and 2016.

Bicentenary of Independence

Brazilian Army Lt. Gen. Adilson Carlos Katibe, ESG Commander (left), speaks with US Representatives at CDCDIA, Professor Mirlis Reyes, PhD., and US Army Maj. Gen. James Taylor, Director of the Inter-American Defense College, during a social-cultural event on the first day of the conference. (Photo: Marcos Ommati/Diálogo)

Brazilian Air Force General Luis Roberto Karmo LourencoHead of Education and Culture of the Brazilian Armed Forces Headquarters tthe opening ceremony along with the Brazilian army lieutenant General Adilson Carlos KatibeIT G Commander, and Main General HimarioBrandão trinasIT G deputy commander. In his opening speech lieutenant gene. Katibe sHelpthat was the direction of the conference an honor for ESG, especially in a Year marking the bicentenary of Brazils Independence, September 7th. The ESG and Brazil consider this conference to be of fundamental importance apart from as a high-level forum for studies related to peace, defense and international security, acts in thesee set upsStrengthening of friendly and cooperative ties and shaping common ideas on security and defense in the Ibero-American geopolitics Rich, he said.

Following the opening speeches, the banner of the Ibero-American Defense CollegesAssociationworn by a military man in the historical uniform of of Brazil Emperors battalion, was transferred between the hosts of the conference. The banner was not transmitted in the previous two editions due to the COVID19 pandemic, what was the theme of This year Conference.

lieutenant general Katibe gave the first lecture titledThe role of the military in supporting government health policies in the fight against COVID19 pandemic: lessons learned.During the conference, other countries also presented their perspectives on the same topic.

COVID-19 in conversation

Ecuadorian Army Colonel Luis Lara Tapia, commander from the Joint Military Defense Academy said that under the lessons his land learned from the pandemic store military planning of an emergency plan to meet future health emergencies. US representative professor Mirlis ReyesPhD, and US Army Major General James Taylor, Director of the Inter-American Defense College, gave a presentation on armed forces standby for the challenges posed by possible future pandemics, which are viewed as an asymmetric threat US outlookPoint.

On September 1, tThe representatives of the 10 participating countries went to Brazil to Visit the recently established Superior Defense College, whose commandant, Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Paulo Renato raw value Santos also attended the CDCDIA. At the end of the event on 2.9. Guatemala was announced as the host from the Ibero-Directors of the American Defense Collegeconference in the year 2023.

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