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CHARLES E. WILHELM is a retired general in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his 37-year military career, General Wilhelm saw combat service in Vietnam, Lebanon, Somalia, and the Persian Gulf. An airborne-qualified infantry officer, he commanded units at every level. In 1988, he was promoted to Brigadier General and served as Director of Operations at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon; Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force PROVEN FORCE during the Persian Gulf War; Commander of the First Marine Division; Commander of Marine Forces in Somalia; Commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and Commander of Marine Forces in the Atlantic, Europe, and South America. In September 1997 General Wilhelm became Commander in Chief of the U.S. Southern Command and directed U.S. Military operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America until his retirement in September 2000. General Wilhelm holds a B.S. in journalism from Florida Southern College, and M.S. in management from Salve Regina University, and an Honorary Doctorate in international relations from Florida Southern University. He is an honor graduate of the Army Infantry Officer’s Advance Course and a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College.
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Authored by Dr. Gabriel Marcella, GEN (RET) Charles E. Wilhelm, Colombian General Alvaro Valencia Tovar, Dr. Ricardo Arias Calderon, Mr. Chris Marquis.
Contains introduction and four papers present distinct perspectives on the potential effectiveness of Plan Colombia. Co-authors include former Commander of US Southern Command, former Vice-President of Panama, a noted Colombian military intellectual, and New York Times correspondent.