Mexico Hosts the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management's Mobile Education Team

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Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management

Following a request for International Mobile Education Team (IMET) training from the Mexican government, a Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) Foreign Purchasers class was recently taught in Mexico City, from January 13-17, 2003 by faculty members, Michael Layton, LTC Andrew White, USA, and Dr. Craig Brandt. All course arrangements were made by Major David Whiddon, USA, Chief, Training Section of the U.S. Military Liaison Office, U.S. Embassy, Mexico.

The class of eighteen Army and Air Force field and company grade officers, and noncommissioned officers, all of from the Mexico Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), were eager students and highly motivated in learning both the basics and foreign military sales (FMS) case-specifics of the U.S. foreign military assistance program. The class itself was conducted at the Headquarters, Secretariat of National Defense, or more commonly referred to as "the Mexican Pentagon". Translation of the lectures was provided by instructors from the Center for Language Studies of the Mexican Army and Air Force, specifically, Captains J. Pedro Galindo Macias (Army) and Jose Rodriquez Rosales (Air Force). For many of the students working in EMS, this course followed many of the students initial security assistance training received at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Mexico is an important U.S. foreign policy partner. What happens in Mexico has more direct daily impact on U.S. citizens than events in any other country. This partnership exists between the United States and Mexico based on the many things held in common. These include:

* 2,000-mile border with its migration, crime, and trade issues;

* Economic, environmental, and health interdependence of citizens;

* Domestic political interdependence and common social heritage; and

* Shared concern that the citizens of both countries be able to benefit from economic opportunity and growth.

The U.S. government has a major stake in the joint solution to these shared challenges.

Capitalizing on the purposes of providing IMET funds, the DISAM personnel provided professional and technical EMS training in areas of mutual concern, including: U.S. Legislation and Policy, Security Assistance Operations and Training, Acquisition and Technology Transfer, and the EMS process, to include logistics, and financial management. Such specific focus is an effort to strengthen the SEDENXs command application, understanding and management of the EMS and foreign military financing (FMF) programs as well as the introduction of other various security assistance tools. …