Chilean Defense: 2017 Projects

first_imgBy Augusto Scarella Arce/Diálogo May 17, 2017 Chilean defense policy is geared towards protecting the citizenry, defending their national interests and preserving their political independence, national sovereignty, and territorial integrity, according to the 2010 Chilean National Defense Book. “To these ends, Chile possesses and prepares the military resources needed for use in its legitimate defense, which means undertaking the modernization of all of its defense institutions, including the Chilean Armed Forces,” according to the text. “The Chilean Armed Forces must not limit themselves to the role that they have been playing until now. We cannot look only at one line of action; it is our duty to get involved,” explained Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez Urrutia during the anniversary celebration of the Ministry of Defense on March 20th at the nation’s military academy. Without ignoring the role — defense of national sovereignty —that Chile’s constitution assigns to the Armed Forces as its main duty, Gómez Urrutia maintained that “the sector’s capabilities must be ready, and it must also operate in those areas that the people assume to be a core feature of its defensive and protective role.” The Armed Forces’ multifunctional capabilities were employed in the summer of 2017 to aid the civilian population when nature once again put Chile to the test. The entire state apparatus had to be employed to extinguish the many wildfires that ravaged different regions of the country. “The progress we have made in the areas of interagency coordination, operational leadership, community interaction, and multiple aid deployment were on full display,” Gómez Urrutia said. According to the Defense Ministry’s official website, more than 8,000 service members, together with various types of aircraft and vehicles, fought the fierce blazes that erupted in the summer of 2017. Structural reforms “There is no doubt that one of the main development tasks facing the Chilean defense sector is the institutional modernization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Gómez Urrutia said. Thus, “The Ministry of Defense has authored a bill that would modify Public Law 20424, which regulates how the Ministry of Defense and its subordinate bodies are organized, moving from today’s concept of a Joint Chiefs of Staff and its leadership to the creation of a Joint Forces Strategic Command led by a commander who will hold the same rank in the chain of command as the commanders-in-chief of the Chilean Armed Forces,” he said. “This ministerial body has been shaping its structure in search of broad versatility and functionality. Its purview as a ministry-level military organization is in the planning, preparation, coordination, and execution of duties, activities, and operations that involve a joint effort and that take on a special relevance in those circumstances in which coordination is needed from defense institutions to operate in the area of civil defense, coordinating their capabilities in service of the community during emergency situations, natural disasters, calamities, elections, censuses, and similar kinds of situations,” Air Force General Arturo Merino Núñez, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Diálogo. “The purpose of this change is to centralize in this strategic command the command and control of all of our forces in times of conflict and peace, expressly including their role during emergencies and disasters. Centralizing military leadership in a joint command means reinforcing and implementing an effective ‘civil command’ inasmuch as said command directly depends on the minister and is his direct advisor. Thus, these reforms, modifications, and adjustments involve giving the ministry greater professional and technical capabilities to better align its communications with the forces,” Political Science, Security, and Defense Professor Guillermo Holzmann told Diálogo. Holzmann is on the faculty at Universidad de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and Universidad de Talca. “It is important and necessary to understand that this law is not sufficient for success. The will of the government is to move towards an operational force structure [in order] to be jointly prepared at any moment and under any circumstances. That enables us to jointly confront conflicts of any size,” Gómez Urrutia concurred. In order to achieve these kinds of structural changes, a cultural change is needed, and it must be initiated by the very Armed Forces institutions where joint development will be seen as a doctrine incorporated into the educational system, said Holzmann. The Foreign Office will have to develop a decision-making process in order to send these bills to the legislature before the end of the current legislative session so that they can be passed into law, or a solid base of support can be established, and the changes that the Ministry of Defense is considering can be implemented after Chile’s presidential election in late 2017.last_img read more

Bicyclist Hit, Killed by State Parks Vehicle

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A bicyclist died after being hit by a New York State parks vehicle at Heckscher State Park in East Islip over the weekend, authorities said.The collision occurred where a bicycle path meets the main park roadway near parking field 2 at 10:41 a.m. Friday, State Park Police said.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where the biker was pronounced dead. The victim’s name was not immediately released.The New York State Police accident reconstruction unit is assisting in the continuing investigation.State Park Police ask that anyone with information about this to case call them at 631-321-3700. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

‘I am a mass murderer,’ former abortionist tells Congress

first_imgLifeSiteNews 2 November 2017Family First Comment: The comments of Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists“I love to meet adults that I delivered, but it’s always bittersweet because I am reminded of all the people I will never meet because I aborted them. It also reminds me that I am a mass murderer.” Just because “we can’t see who they will become, we feel justified in sacrificing babies in the womb for the people we can see,” she said. “Our society has been subjected to extreme propaganda” from abortion supporters, she said. “We have sanitized our language to make abortion more palatable.”“I am a mass murderer,” a former abortionist who is now pro-life told a U.S. House committee yesterday as she testified in favor of legislation banning abortions on babies with beating hearts.Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bluntly told this to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today as it discussed the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.This legislation would stop nearly all abortions by making it illegal for doctors to commit them on babies with beating hearts. Fetal heartbeats begin at 21 days after conception and are usually heard by parents when their child is six or eight weeks along.The Heartbeat Protection Act makes no exception for babies conceived in rape or incest.The Committee’s legislators were shown an ultrasound video taken hours before the hearing. The video showed an 18-week-old baby named Lincoln Miller, whose heartbeat could be heard and whose heart could be seen pulsing.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

J.O.Adeyemi-Bero Tennis Enters S’final Stage

first_imgAlso victorious was Sunday Chinedu who survived an early scare from hard fighting Emmanuel Ameh before dropping him 2-6,6-2, 10-3 in what could best be described as the longest match of the tournament so far.The victory now brings Sunday Chinedu face to face with Musa Emmanuel in one of the two Semi-final matches. Musa cruised ahead as Happy Agbi 3-2 retired yesterday.The second semi-finals will see top seed, Silas Isaac battling it out with Michael Nekepeme.In the women singles’ category, top seed, Neme Yakubu will be up against Bright Emmanuel in the first semi-finals that will pave way for the second semis between tournament Number 2 seed, Sarah Musa and Mariam Jimoh who sent Justina Emmanuel packing in two straight sets 4-2, 4-1 to pick her semi-final ticket.All the semi-final matches would be played today ahead of Saturday’s grand finale which will hold at the Centre Court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Meanwhile, The authorities of the Lagos State Tennis Association have commended the Adeyemi-Bero family for the continuous sponsorship of the championship which is in it’s 4th edition.Secretary General of the Lagos State Tennis Association, Hajjia Zainab Adegesin who made the commendation after yesterday’s quarter-final games, reasoned that the tournament will not only help in developing tennis from the grassroots but will also assist in discovering feature tennis talents in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was indeed the best of Junior tennis thursday as top seed of the boys singles category of the on-going 4th Chief Joseph Omotosho Adeyemi-Bero U-14 boys and Girls Junior Tennis Tournament, Silas Isaac, stroked his way into the semi-finals.He defeated Bode Lawal in two straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in one of the quarter-final matches decided at the Centre Court of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.Benjamin Jeremiah lost 2-6, 5-7 to Michael Nekepeme in another quarter-final encounter decided at same Court one.last_img read more