🎥: @Southcom Commander Gen. Laura Richardson warns @HASCDemocrats & @HASCRepublicans about Beijing’s increased activity & influence in Latin America 👇— FDD (@FDD) March 9, 2023
Here’s more context on this growing national security concern in her conversation with @Brad_L_Bowman: https://t.co/ue0mr1fyd0 https://t.co/2tPZem0nkX
Many Americans recognize the threat emanating from the People’s Republic of China. But some may assume that Beijing’s malign activities are relegated to the Indo-Pacific. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, Beijing is increasingly active in Latin America — right here in our own hemisphere. What are Beijing and other adversaries up to in this region? Why do these activities matter? How should we respond?
U.S. Army General Laura Richardson is a leader, soldier, aviator, and combat veteran. She has commanded an assault helicopter battalion in Iraq, served as military aide to the Vice President, and led the Army component of U.S. Northern Command.
Now, she is the Commander of U.S. Southern Command, the first woman to serve in that position. SOUTHCOM is one of the Pentagon’s six geographic commands and is responsible for U.S. contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
She joins guest host Bradley Bowman, Senior Director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power, to discuss.