Office of Defense Cooperation

Defense Attaché Officer: Col. Lawrence Pravecek

The U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) is located in the American Embassy. Its primary function is the implementation of all U.S. military security assistance, exercise, exchange, and humanitarian assistance efforts for the purpose of advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives. These objectives include the consolidation of democracy, enhancement of counter-narcotics efforts, professionalism and modernization of the Uruguayan Armed Forces, promotion of civil-military relations, advancement of U.S. – Uruguayan military-to-military relations, and the cultivation of mutual understanding and democratic values.

The ODC performs liaison duties with the Uruguayan Armed Forces, provides advice on military matters to the U.S. Ambassador, and represents the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. military services, and the Commander of U.S. Southern Command in Uruguay.

Mission responsibilities of the ODC include processing of all DOD flight clearances, ship visits, and management of airport support operations for all U.S. military flights in Uruguay.