|Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic|
|Fuerzas Armadas de la Republica Argentina|
The Libertador Building, headquarters of the Ministry of Defense and military high command.
Ministry of Defence:|
Argentine Air Force
Ministry of Security:
Argentine National Gendarmerie
Argentine Naval Prefecture
|Commander-in-Chief||President Mauricio Macri|
|Minister of Defense||Julio César Martínez|
|Chief of Joint Staff||Bari del Valle Sosa|
|Military age||18 years old|
10,029,488 males, age 15–49, |
9,889,002 females, age 15–49
8,352,147 males, age 15–49, |
8,366,781 females, age 15–49
350,040 males, |
|Active personnel||73,100 active personnel|
|Reserve personnel||31,240 paramilitary|
|Budget||US$5.0 billion (FY 2012)|
|Percent of GDP||1.1% (FY 2012)|
|Domestic suppliers||Argentine defense industry|
|History||Military history of Argentina|
|Ranks||Military ranks of Argentina|
The Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic, in Spanish Fuerzas Armadas de la República Argentina, are controlled by the Commander-in-Chief (the President) and a civilian Minister of Defense. In addition to the army, navy and air force, there are two security forces, controlled by the Ministry of Security, which can be mobilized in occasion of an armed conflict: the Argentine National Gendarmerie, a gendarmerie used to guard borders and places of strategic importance; and the Argentine Naval Prefecture, a coast guard used to protect internal major rivers and maritime territory.
Traditionally, Argentina maintains close defense cooperation and military-supply relationships with the United States, and to a lesser extent, with Israel, Germany, France, Spain, Belarus, Turkmenistan, and Italy.
- 1 Structure
- 2 History
- 3 International participation
- 4 See also
- 5 Gallery
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Structure[edit | edit source]
The three branches of the Argentine Military are under the direct authority of the Defense Ministry, while the Argentine National Gendarmerie and the Argentine Naval Prefecture, as security forces, under the direct authority of the Ministry of Security.
On June 12, 2006, President Néstor Kirchner brought into force the Defense Law, which had been passed in 1988 as a means to modernize the doctrine of the armed forces and define their role, though successive governments had failed to put it into effect. The law states that the armed forces will only be used against foreign aggression, and reduces the powers of the heads of the armed services, centralizing whole operational and acquisitions decisions under the authority of the Armed Forces Joint General Staff ( Spanish: 'Estado Mayor Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas'
EMC ) emphasizing Jointness.
History[edit | edit source]
The Argentine military, as has been the tendency in other Latin American countries, were considerably more influential in former times. Starting in 1930 and throughout the 20th century, democratic governments were more often than not interrupted by military coups (see History of Argentina). The terrible consequences of the last dictatorship destroyed the military image as the moral reserve of the nation and opened the way to transform them to into today's armed forces.
1955–1962 internal strife[edit | edit source]
After the Revolución Libertadora coup that deposed president Juan Domingo Perón, the armed forces split into opposing sectors named Azules y colorados ("blue and reds"). The fight would end in 1962 with military clashes and the defeat of the reds who were opposed to Perón.
1965 Operacion 90[edit | edit source]
In 1965, the Argentine military conducted land military maneuvers on Antarctica under then-Colonel Jorge E. Leal. Nicknamed Operación 90, this was undertaken ten years before the Antarctic Treaty came into being and was conducted to cement Argentina's claims to a portion of those territories (still claimed as Argentine Antarctica).
1975 Counter-insurgency[edit | edit source]
In 1975 the armed forces started a massive operation in the Tucumán Province to crush the ERP (Ejército Revolucionario del Pueblo or People's Revolutionary Army) guevarist guerrilla group which attempted to create a "revolutionary foco in this remote and mountainous province, in the north-west of Argentina."
National Reorganization Process[edit | edit source]
The last military dictatorship, the National Reorganization Process, lasted from 1976 to 1983. As Isabel Perón was unable to defeat the terrorist organizations of Montoneros and ERP, the military took power during the 1976 Argentine coup d'état and exterminated the violent communist guerrillas by random detentions, torture or death. The current government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that sympathizes with Perón, antagonized the Armed Forces with the justification of the past junta and limits the powers of the current armed forced to avoid state terrorism of the past.
1978 Beagle Conflict[edit | edit source]
During much of the 19th and the 20th century, relations between neighbour Chile chilled due to disputes over Patagonia, though in recent years relations have improved dramatically.
1982 Falklands War[edit | edit source]
On 2 April 1982, the Military Junta invaded the Falkland Islands ( Spanish: Islas Malvinas ) sought to maintain power by diverting public attention from the nation's poor economic performance and exploiting the long-standing feelings of the Argentines towards the islands. Such action would also bolster its dwindling legitimacy. After short but fierce naval and air battles, the British landed on 21 May, and a land campaign followed until the Argentine forces surrendered on 14 June. 649 Argentines and 255 British died during the war.
The political effects of the war were strong and prompted even larger protests against the dictatorship, which hastened its downfall.
1983 transition to democracy[edit | edit source]
The democratic government of Raúl Alfonsín that took office in 1983 prosecuted the 1970s crimes and made the unprecedented (and only Latin American example) Trial of the Juntas and soon the Army was rocked by uprisings and internal infighting. Far-right sectors of the Army rebelled in the Carapintadas (painted faces) movement. To contain the rebellions, Alfonsín promoted the Full stop law and the Law of due obedience. The following president, Carlos Menem, gave the presidential pardon to the military found guilty in the Trial of the Juntas. It would not be until 1990, when the last military uprising in Argentine history was crushed, that the political conflict within the Army finally subsided.
In January 1989, during the subversive attack on La Tablada, the Army used white phosphorus in a violation of the Geneva Convention (according to a document presented by the human rights commission of the United Nations on January 12, 2001).
1990s[edit | edit source]
In the 1990s, Argentine Armed Forces began a close defense cooperation and friendship policy with neighbors Brazil and Chile and focused in United Nations mandates.
The Argentine military have been reduced both in number and budget, but became more professional, especially after conscription was abolished by president Menem. The British embargo due to the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas ) was officially eliminated and Argentina was granted a Major Non-NATO ally status by United States President Bill Clinton.
Present[edit | edit source]
The modern Argentine Military Forces are fully committed to international peacekeeping under United Nations mandates, humanitarian aid on emergencies relief and support the country's continuous presence at Antarctica.
Democratic governments since 1983 straightened the military budget and did not approve any large scale equipment purchases. Argentina military spending is one of the lowest of South America  and as of 2010, its 0.9% of GDP only exceeds Suriname 
While Mercosur is only an economic entity so far, the strengthening of confidence among the member countries has been beneficial to the peace in the region, exercising a useful role in supporting democracy. The Mercosur served, for example, to discourage the Paraguayan military from an attempted coup in early 2000.
On 2007 an agreement for cooperation in peace operations was signed with France.
Argentina created with Chile a combined force for future United Nations mandates. Named Cruz del Sur (English: Southern Cross), the new force began assembly in 2008 with headquarters alternately on each country every year.
On 2009, UNASUR, the South America countries union, created the CDS ( Spanish: Consejo de Defensa Sudamericano (South American Defence council) in order to promote cooperation and transparency between their armed forces 
On 2011 they perform with Chile the PARACACH ( Patrulla de Rescate Antártica Combinada Argentina-Chile, Argentine Chilean Antarctic combined search and rescue patrol ) with support of the German Space Agency which provided satellite imagery 
International participation[edit | edit source]
Argentina was the only South American country to send warships and cargo planes in 1991 to the Gulf War under UN mandate and has remained involved in peacekeeping efforts in multiple locations like UNPROFOR in Croatia/Bosnia, Gulf of Fonseca, UNFICYP in Cyprus (where among Army and Marines troops the Air Force provided the UN Air contingent since 1994) and MINUSTAH in Haiti.
UNFICYP was also a precedent in the Latin American military as troops of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are embedded in the Argentine contingent
Since 1999 and as of June 2006, Argentina is the only Latin American country to maintain troops in Kosovo during SFOR (and later EUFOR) operations where combat engineers of the Argentine Armed Forces are embedded in an Italian brigade.
In 2007, an Argentine contingent including helicopters, boats and water purification plants was sent to help Bolivia against their worst floods in decades. In 2010 the Armed Forces were also involved in Haiti and Chile humanitarian responses after their respective earthquakes.
Argentine military forces formed part of 
- Haiti - UN MINUSTAH video ( Including the Mobile Field Hospital and helicopters )
- Cyprus - UN UNFICYP ( including ARGAIR helicopters  )
- Serbia/Province Kosovo - NATO KFOR (CICKO) pictorial
- Serbia/Province Kosovo - UN UNMIK
- Belgium - NATO ICC-SHAPE
- Bosnia - NATO EUFOR
Argentina was also responsible for the White Helmets initiative.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Argentine Navy
- Argentine Army
- Argentine Air Force
- Argentine Naval Aviation
- Argentine Army Aviation
- List of active Argentine military aircraft
- Military ranks of Argentina
- Argentine defense industry
- Argentina and weapons of mass destruction
- Foreign relations of Argentina
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook document "2006 edition".
- IISS 2010, pp. 64–67
- Economy Ministry: National Budget
- "World Outlook Database". IMF. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2011/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?sy=2012&ey=2012&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=subject&ds=.&br=1&pr1.x=64&pr1.y=12&c=213&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC&grp=0&a=.
- E/CN.4/2001/NGO/98, United Nations, January 12, 2001 - URL accessed on February 9, 2007 (Spanish); ANSA cable quoted by the RaiNews24: See frame on the right (Italian). See also presentation of the attack here (Spanish), La Historia Pensada (Spanish), Los puntos oscuros del asalto a La Tablada, Página/12, January 23, 1999 (Spanish)
- ... represents our recognition of the importance of Argentina's leadership and cooperation in the field of international peacekeeping, notably during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, in Haiti, in its role in supervising the peace between Peru and Ecuador, and in nearly a dozen other international peacekeeping efforts ...
- El presupuesto militar argentino, uno de los más bajos de la región
- Argentina sólo gasta 80 millones de dólares anuales en armamento.
- El presupuesto para Defensa es el más bajo de la historia
- Argentina y Francia suscribieron en diciembre de 2007 un acuerdo de cooperación en materia de operaciones de paz.
- Avance para la fuerza combinada con Chile
- Destinan $30 millones para operar con Chile
- CDS official site )
- Entrenamiento PARACACH
- Argentine Army: UNFICYP
UN: Cyprus - UNFICYP - Facts and Figures
Chilean Army: Misión de la ONU en Chipre desde el año 2003
Brasilian Army: UNFICYP
- Trabajo Conjunto en Bolivia
- "Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros - Mapa de Sitio". Jgm.gov.ar. Archived from the original on 2006-05-18. http://web.archive.org/web/20060518191120/http://www.jgm.gov.ar/Paginas/MemoriaDetallada05/04_Ministerio_Defensa/04_Ministerio_Defensa.pdf. Retrieved 2013-09-04.
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