Accession Number : AD1019078


Title :   Mexican Cartels: The Threat Along Our Southern Border


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : Air Command and Staff College Maxwell AFB


Personal Author(s) : Anders,Michael T


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1019078.pdf


Report Date : 01 Dec 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 24


Abstract : Mexican Cartels along our Southern border pose a serious threat to our national safety and public health. As their influence and sophistication grows and the connection between them and terrorist organizations increases, the cartels become a larger threat to our national security. Cartels challenge the authority of states on various levels through wholesale drug corruption, neighborhood intimidation, murder of government officials and candidates for public office, and kidnapping of citizens. Drug trafficking is a common denominator and biggest business enterprise amongst all cartels. Efforts made to disrupt this enterprise and lower the distribution and use of illicit drugs in the U.S. will decrease our vulnerability to other border related threats in the long run as long as we remain persistent and continue work to strengthen and control our borders.


Descriptors :   criminals , drug trafficking , police , human trafficking , mexico


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE