Guatemala Operation

The Guatemala operation, detention of prisoners of war from terrorist groups, is not an isolated one (Buehn & Shimkus, 2014). The operation involves not only the USA government but also other international bodies such as Geneva, communistic Cuba and the prisoners’ countries and other interested international bodies. The main operational challenge facing CAPT Boone is the organization of its base to ensure that its operations are in harmony with the national and international regulations. To meet the challenge, CAPT Boone needs to find alternatives and evaluate the other options, make the decision and implement only those decisions that will not be offensive to the Cuban, the US, and international players (National Security Affairs, 2011). USA relation with Cuba on Guantanamo Bay has not been stable following the Cuban missile crisis and retaliation by Fidel Castro in response to fines imposed on Cuban Fishermen (National Security Affairs, n.d). This unstable relationship is an indication of tension at the detention camp.

As much as CAPT Boone should engage other stakeholders, he must understand that “Leadership is more art than science, and as such, is an intensely personal endeavor” (National Security Affairs, 2016 pg. 2). CAPT Boon must provide direction to the team by taking the problem as personal and engaging with it deeply. The joint force is operating as an organization with its distinct culture. It is essential that CAPT Boone understands the organizational culture to help him cooperate with the team (DiBella, 2013; National Security Affairs, 2009).

Competitive differentiatorsPerformance vulnerability
INTERNAL FACTORSStrength Location of Guantanamo in an isolated place that creates privacy for the operationCooperation among the three principal leaders, at Guantanamo campThe contributions of the government in supplying leadership and guidance BGen Linebacker Leadership experience which is invaluable to the project.Weaknesses The slow response from the leadership at Washington.Poor infrastructure at Guantanamo
EXTERNAL FACTORSOpportunity Organization of the joint task force to enhance cooperation and increase productivitySupport from international bodies on the urgency of stemming terror attacks.Threat International body’s response to the operationsMandatory compliance to the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war in a similar platform as hosts army.Unstable relationships between USA and Cuba stemming from the poor settlement of the post-Castro’s Cuban crisis which could interrupt the activity.The Insecurity of the workers at GTMO base, including military and other employees, posed by immigrants and asylum seekers.


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National Security Affairs (2016). Introduction To The Adia Decision Making Framework.

National Security Affairs (n.d). Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Historical Background. National Security Affairs Faculty Naval War College

National Security Affairs (2009). Assessment. National Security Affairs Faculty the Naval War College,

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