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New Mexico-Costa Rica 10 Years of Natl Guard Partnership Program

By Wendy Anders In November 2006, Costa Rica and the state of New Mexico in the United States formed a civil-military partnership under a United States Department of Defense program managed by the U.S. National Guard to exchange and develop best practices in disaster response, emergency management, education, drug demand reduction, border security, and counternarcotics. The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) links U.S. States with partner countries around the world, and current has 65 State/Country partnerships within the Defense Department’s six combatant commands. Costa Rica is one of 22 such Latin American partnerships under the Southern Command (Southcom), according…

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