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Release No: 800-12
October 04, 2012

DOD Releases the Western Hemisphere Defense Policy Statement

            The Department of Defense released today the DoD Western Hemisphere Defense Policy Statement.  The statement explains how the January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance will shape DoD engagement in the Western Hemisphere.  

            “In the Western Hemisphere a remarkable transformation has taken place.  Countries are doing more than ever before to advance peace and security both within and beyond their borders,” Secretary of Defense Panetta said.  “Their efforts and vision provide the United States with a historic opportunity to renew and strengthen our defense partnerships in the region.” 

            The statement also describes DoD defense policy goals of promoting mature, professional national defense institutions; fostering integration and interoperability among partners; and promoting hemispheric defense institutions.

            For the English version -- http://www.defense.gov/news/WHDPS-English.pdf 

            For the Spanish version -- http://www.defense.gov/news/WHDPS-Spanish.pdf

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