The Conference of American Armies (CAA) was founded in 1960 as an Army Commanders International Organization in the Western Hemisphere. Today it operates independently under its own CAA by-laws approved by the all CAA member army commanders.
The twenty member armies of the CAA today are: Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. The five observer armies of the CAA are: Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname. Two international military organizations also enjoy observer status: the Conference of Central American Armed Forces and the Inter-American Defense Board.