The Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) partnered with the Chilean Armed Forces to execute the exercise Fused Response in the Valparaíso and Santiago Metropolitan regions of Chile. The exercise aimed to strengthen coordination and interoperability between the forces, emphasizing strategic planning, logistics, communication, and decision-making in the face of asymmetric threats. A national emergency simulation was also part of the exercise to deal with challenges such as natural disasters, civil unrest, and humanitarian crises.
- The Fused Response exercise, held annually, is a part of an ongoing effort to improve readiness and collaboration between SOUTHCOM components and various partner agencies and nations.
- The exercise was conducted at the invitation of Chile, coordinated by the Chilean Army’s Special Operations Command (COPE), with various divisions from the Chilean Armed Forces also participating.
- The focus of the exercise spanned strategic planning, logistics, communication, and decision-making in highly demanding situations, simulating responses to regional security challenges.
- A significant part of the exercise consisted of a national emergency simulation, with participants responding to complex threats such as natural disasters, civil unrest, and humanitarian crises.
- According to defense analyst Guillermo Holzmann, the Fused Response exercise is crucial for maintaining operational capabilities at a high level, aligning U.S. and Chilean interests in oceanic projection, land projection, sovereignty security, and operational continuity of the state.