Local April 3, 2023 | 8:14 am

Dominican Republic among countries with less combat capacity

Haiti experiences recurring cycles of armed violence that result in devastating effects and humanitarian needs that rival those of armed conflicts. This happens just a few kilometers away from the Dominican Republic, a country with limited defense and combat capacity. The Global Firepower Index evaluates the armed forces of countries based on equipment, troops, resources, alliances, and other factors to measure their strength. The Dominican Republic ranks 118th out of 145 countries, with a population of over 10,647,000 and 90,000 military personnel, 60,000 of whom are active with no reservists. The country has 63 aircraft, 8 attack aircraft, 31 helicopters, 12 tanks, 2,050 armored vehicles, and 34 ships but lacks aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines.

Security expert Carolina Ramírez attributes the Dominican Republic’s ranking to several factors, including its non-warlike constitution, status as an International City of Peace, and limited financial resources. She believes that Haiti, despite being of interest to the Dominican Republic, does not pose a military threat. Former deputy Pelegrín Castillo emphasizes that the Dominican Republic has an essentially defensive approach in its defense doctrine and by constitutional mandate. He believes that any confrontation the country might face would involve destabilizing actions within a scheme of asymmetric, irregular, or hybrid warfare. Castillo denounces the scenario being prepared in Haiti, where arms, ammunition, mercenaries, communication equipment, and money are flowing, seeking to fuel the fire and confrontation.

He maintains that despite having fought against powers like England and France, the Dominican Republic does not seek to become a country of intervention or aggression against others. Rather, it needs a strategy to deter those who might try to occupy the country, knowing that they would face active resistance at the state or spontaneous levels.

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Luis Grullon
April 3, 2023 9:37 am

I believe the DR is safe from outside invaders,
The DR is not to far away from the world’s super power the US, the US wouldn’t want to see a outside country dona invasion to DR, I’ll make the region more unstable
The US already has Cuba and Haiti to deal with
I don’t think they want DR in the list

April 3, 2023 4:47 pm
Reply to  Luis Grullon

Have u seen DR lately…newsflash…DR is Haiti

Luis Grullon
April 3, 2023 11:47 pm
Reply to  Outsider

Dr is definitely not Haiti, the current president is doing things right
It invested in new military vehicles, is building a wall, bought drones, and other assets to deploy in the border
doing mass deportations.
What it needs to do now is
Make the military more professional, get rid of the Mafia in the border
Increase military spending to about 6% of GDP. And the Haitian immigration won’t be a problem.

Juan Martinez
April 3, 2023 6:34 pm
Reply to  Luis Grullon

On the other hand, I don’t believe that the Dominican Republic is safe. The US has its own problems currently right now (In a Proxy War with Russia (WWIII)), and the US is not dealing with Cuba or Haiti right now so what makes you think that they will take care of the Dominican Republic which is next door to Haiti? Right now you also have inside invaders, such as Drug Cartels, Russians, Serbs, and other cultures that know how to exploit a corrupt government and move things within and throughout. Also, the US is not even taking care of its own territories such as Puerto Rico (Which we have fu#*ked up) and the US Virgin Islands. So, if they are not taking care of their own what makes you think that they will take care of us??? Let’s get real!

Luis Grullon
April 3, 2023 11:55 pm
Reply to  Juan Martinez

The US has it owns problems to deal with understand that
DR is not a threat to other countries
Likely hood of DR getting invaded by a other country is slim,
What I do want DR to do is increase the military budget to about 6% GDP of the country
Make the military more professional
Buy more military assets
Fortified the border. Seal any gaps, make security of the DR territory priority number 1

It definitely has a lot of room for improvements

Paul Tierney
April 3, 2023 4:20 pm

The RD is fine with the level of combat ability it has. It should position more troops on the border to increase the 11,000+ already there.

Luis Grullon
April 3, 2023 11:50 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Indeed, what it has is more the enough
All it needs to do is the stop the Mafia in the border, plug the leak
So far is moving in the right direction
The damages the last government did takes time to heal and fix

My Name Is Not Important
April 4, 2023 3:07 am

I think the DR shouldn’t rely on the US too often. Sure, it is best to have a country with a strong military on the side, but the country won’t have enough time or resource to deal with. Just like what happened in Armenia when Azerbaijan attacked the country and Armenia begged Russia for help, but Russia is too busy dealing with Ukraine.
Instead of the DR to rely on big countries to deal with a situation that threatens Dominican livelihood or its interests like what happen in Haiti, it should increase its military budget and change its doctrine in the Constitution to interventionist, and actually intervene to protect its livelihood or interests from foreign threats.

Adrian Diaz
April 5, 2023 3:39 pm

It would be nice if the government required 6 months to a year of active conscription for all young men and women. It can be a cool way of providing job training and ensuring that the next generation of Dominicans has needed skills. I say this, but I also live abroad in the United States and have no interest in military service.

luis pena
April 6, 2023 9:31 am

DR IS AN ISLAND, the ocean is its fortress, very few countries have the capacity to launch a full naval invasion of DR due to the need of large boats and anphian ships ect, far from their country of origin and with streched supplies lines. In Thosusands of miles around only the US has those capabilities.

Last edited 1 year ago by luis pena
April 10, 2023 6:43 pm

The US is our daddy we be ok ?