United States Southern Command [USSOUTHCOM] Law and Legal Definition

United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is one of ten unified Combatant Commands in the Department of Defense that is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean (except U.S. commonwealths, territories, and possessions), Cuba; as well as for the force protection of U.S. military resources at these locations. It is also responsible for ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal and canal area.

The USSOUTHCOM has a four-star commander leadership and its staff is organized into directorates, component commands and military groups that represent USSOUTHCOM in the region of Central America, South America & the Caribbean. It is a joint command comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several other federal agencies. The USSOUTHCOM headquarters is in Miami, Florida.