BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri called on Tuesday upon the country’s armed forces to incorporate “innovation” into their structures to adapt to the “threats of the 21st century” at an event commemorating the 208th anniversary of the army’s establishment.
“We need armed forces that devote greater efforts to collaboration with other areas of the state, providing logistical support to the security forces to protect Argentines in the face of current threats and challenges and also contributing to foreign policy,” the president said.
The event was held at the National Military College in the town of El Palomar near the capital, where some 3,000 troops assembled in the presence of military and political leaders including Defense Minister Oscar Aguad and Security Minister Patricia Bullrich.
During his speech, Macri emphasized that technological advances put the country’s ability to deal with changes and new needs “to the test.”
“We need armed forces that adapt to the threats of the 21st century and that are prepared to confront the problems that concern us today,” he said.
“We want an army with innovation, both in the area of capabilities and in organization” because the armed forces “are a great instrument for empowering our intelligent insertion into the world, strengthening our presence on peace missions and continuing with the development of measures to build confidence and recognition on the regional level,” Macri added.
The president insisted that all this must be realized “without discounting the main and absolute aim” of the military, which is “to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Argentina.
Macri agreed in his remarks with army commander Claudio Pasqualini in saying that the military must revise its role after “many years” of budget cuts and “prepare” and “modify” itself to become a “modern and flexible” force capable of facing the new threats that could impinge upon Argentine sovereignty.