The nation of Belize has been without a defense plan for the past 24 years. A press release from the Government press office issued today says, and we quote, “ For the first time since the withdrawal of British troops in 1994, a National Defense Plan is being prepared.” The first draft of this plan was presented to Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar at a two-day workshop conducted at the Coast Guard Headquarters. The release says that, “The National Defense Plan includes the use of all instruments of national power in the defense of Belize against any external aggression. The Plan ensures the achievement of a credible defense deterrent capability and defensive operational capacity to guarantee the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Belize.” The Plan was commissioned by the Minister of National Security in April 2018.