DTRA Partners In Panama To Counter-Weapons Of Mass Destruction
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting Panama in developing Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) capabilities under the Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction Security Cooperation Engagement Program (CSCEP) and participating in PANAMAX Alpha21, a multi-phased exercise.
PANAMAX is a Government of Panama annual unilateral exercise supported by the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) focused on the security of the Panama Canal.
PANAMAX Alpha trains and prepares the Republic of Panama Public Security Forces and their supporting institutions (Joint Task Force Alpha) to reach the readiness level necessary to prevent, mitigate, and detect; through joint combined operations, threats to the security of the inter-oceanic canal, in the context of the security matrix contemplated in the fundamentals of the Panamanian security policy.
The task force has representatives from: Panama National Police; Panama National Aeronaval Service; Panama National Border Service; Meritorious Fire Department of the Republic of Panama; amongst others.
During PANAMAX Alpha21 DTRA partnered with multiple Panamanian entities including the National Border Service (Servicio Nacional de Fronteras, SENAFRONT) Immediate Response Unit (Unidad de Respuesta Inmediata, URI), the National Crisis Coordination Council (Consejo Nacional de Coordinacion de Crisis, CNCC), and the Meritorious Fire Corps of Panama (Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Panama, BCBRP) HAZMAT Team, all working together for a coordinated interagency CBRN response.
“Our partnership in Panama increases awareness and understanding of global and regional threats and advances our shared objectives and enhances the safety and security of the United States, our partner nation, and one of the most strategic waterways in the world” added Mr. Musgrave.