As part of the Inter-American Defense Board Secretariat’s Work Plan for 2016 and within the scope of high profile seminars, conferences and lectures, on May 26th, at the Casa del Soldado, a lecture occurred a lecture on the theme “Persistent threats: the Colombian case and its hemispherical prospect. Delivering the topic was General Jaime Alfonso Lasprilla Villamizar, former Commander of the Colombian Army and currently Defense Attaché before the Government of the USA.
Initially, the lecture counted on a complete and detailed analysis of the evolution of the Colombian conflict and an exhaustive analysis of the threats that, for more than 50 years, have been striking Colombia, and its permanent mutation and changes, adapting to permanent plans and strategies of the State to fight them. Then, the General clearly and in detail approached the changes happened in the Military and Police Forces in Colombia as per the use of the Committees for Strategic Revision and Innovation (CRE-I) and how, thanks to them, based on a JOINT, COORDINATED AND INTER-AGENCY concept, the State started its way facing and reducing such terrorist threats. Thus, joining forces with other friendly countries, Colombia managed to recover the control over the territory, which will lead the State the needs of the civilian population even on farther areas and, more important, to provide security and peace of mind to the people. Finally, General Lasprilla provided a brief explanation on te plans, projects and strategies for the modernization and transformation of the Armed Forces for the post-conflict.
Upon conclusion, the floor was open to the audience, comprised of the IADB chiefs of departments, delegates and advisors, and guests related to the issues discussed, which helped clarifying, reinforcing and consolidating the topic presented by General Lasprilla.
At the end of the lecture, the Chairman of the Council of Delegates, Vice Admiral
Gonzalo Ríos Polastri, and the Director General of the IADB Secretariat, Lieutenant General Mauricio Ribeiro Gonçalves, delivered a certificate of participation and a plaque to General Jaime Alfonso Lasprilla Villamizar.