The Pentagon yesterday released a "Western Hemisphere Defense
Policy Statement," that "explains how the January 2012 Defense Strategic
Guidance will shape DOD engagement in the Western Hemisphere." The document
finds that "the capacity of national civil authorities, including law
enforcement, throughout the hemisphere is uneven." Further, "In some countries
civilian authorities have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of response
required by the security challenges they face. This gap in civilian capacity
has led some national leaders to expand their reliance on the armed forces to
supplement law enforcement and provide humanitarian support."
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