Title: Drug Cartels: A Threat to National Security
Subject: An examination of the drug cartels, focusing on their centers of gravity. Looking at current and past US policy dealing with the war on drugs.
Author(s): Steven J. Sample; Jeffrey M. Reilly (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: AIR POWER, COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE, ELECTRONIC INTELLIGENCE, FEDERAL LAW, INFORMATION WARFARE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, NARCOTICS, POLICE
Abstract: The bi-polar security policy of the Cold War has now evolved into a regional focus. However, traditional US thinking about regional security still focuses on "old-style" decision making and management practices. This "old-style" approach has been applied to the war on drugs. This paper focuses on a different approach using current capabilities to fight the war on drugs. Focusing directly on the cartels and their centers of gravity which are not currently targeted by the drug control strategy.