Accession Number : ADA290018

Title :   The Institutional Professionalization of the Colombian Armed Forces and Its Impact on Current National Security Structures.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Martinez, Gerardo J.

PDF Url : ADA290018

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 107

Abstract : The modern Colombian military is a complex and dynamic organization. It has been able to adhere to the principles of respect for civilian authorities while at the same time being involved in a 30-year counterguerrilla struggle, increasing counternarcotics operation, and struggling with internal conflicts such as corruption and paramilitarism. This thesis analyzes Colombian military professionalism in terms of the relationship between the military hierarchy and the civilian authorities, in conjunction with the military's operational expertise and capabilities reflected by its military doctrine, definition of threats, and organizational structure. The Armed Forces' professionalization process was influenced by persistent political violence, foreign ideologies, historic lack of interest by civilian authorities in national security matters, and above all, by a dynamic threat definition and assessment by the military hierarchy and the civilian executive. Finally, this study examines the impact of the professionalization process on bilateral military relations between the United States and Colombian Armed Forces.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *CIVIL AFFAIRS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), UNITED STATES, ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), THREATS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, DYNAMICS, STRUCTURES, THESES, HIERARCHIES, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, COLOMBIA, LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT, COUNTERINSURGENCY, GUERRILLA WARFARE, DRUG INTERDICTION, PARAMILITARY FORCES.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Defense Systems
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE