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Who We Are

The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is a Military Organization of an international nature made up and led by Armies from the American Continents, with the authorization of their respective countries, whose aims, structure and functions are found in the "REGULATIONS OF THE CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN ARMIES"

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.

The CAA conducts a two-year cycle of Specialized Conferences/Exercises hosted by different member armies which culminates in a Preparatory Conference that reviews the accomplishments of the previous two year cycle and approves the agenda for the forthcoming CAA Commanders’ Conference (CCAA). The CCAA is conducted by the army hosting the CAA Permanent Executive Secretariat (PESCAA) for that cycle. The hosting of the PESCAA voluntarily rotate every two years and serves as CAA headquarters responsible for coordinating all CAA activities in addition to hosting the Preparatory and Commanders’ Conferences.

Each cycle has a mandatory theme approved by the member army commanders at the previous cycle’s Commanders’ Conference. This theme provides a guiding vision for all CAA activities during the two-year cycle