U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), located in Doral, Fla., is one of nine unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the Department of Defense.
SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for:
- Central America
- South America
- The Caribbean (except U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions)
The command oversees the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. SOUTHCOM is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area.