General John F. Kelly, United States Marine Corps, Commander, United States Southern Command presented USSOUTHCOMs posture statement to Congress on 20 March 2013. This was an overall health of the force for USSOUTHCOM and resource shortages were again a topic of interest. Gen. Kelly did have a couple of highlights related to IO:
Highlights include his concern over the expanding influence of countries external to the Western Hemisphere and the transnational challenges it presents (Pgs 14-15).
The commander also notes impact of sequestration on IO (pg 5). Written testimony also references SOUTHCOM components’ IO contributions (Pg 30 and 40).
The posture statement can be accessed here.