Accession Number : ADA279711


Title :   Applying Operational Art to the War on Drugs


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS


Personal Author(s) : Teufel, Robert S


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a279711.pdf


Report Date : 08 Feb 1994


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : The Department of defense (DOD) has been assigned specific drug interdiction support missions as part of the national drug control strategy. Counter-narcotics operations are 'operations other than war (OOTW),' that also may be considered a type of low intensity conflict. Military force employment at the operational level has primarily fallen to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command (LANTCOM), and the Commander-in-Chief', U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). By reviewing the geographic, political and societal characteristics of the theater of operations and the cocaine-trafficking cycle, the cocaine trade's centers of gravity, or critical elements can be identified as: cultivation capability; the product (cocoa leaf or cocaine); and consumer demand. An analysis of ongoing counter-drug operations, the narcotrafficking cycle and the principals of OOTW provides a-structure through which operational art may be applied to attack the cartels' centers of gravity. Although some success has been realized, a unified level of effort does not exist between surveillance and interdiction assets, and concise objectives have not been determined. LANTCOM and SOUTHCOM should be provided with the resources to correct noted deficiencies, and the confidence of national leadership that their forces can play a decisive role in a protracted war on drugs.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *DRUGS , *LAW ENFORCEMENT , *DRUG INTERDICTION , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , CONTROL , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , STRATEGY , LEADERSHIP , EMPLOYMENT , TRAFFIC , INTERDICTION , ATTACK , STRUCTURES , INTENSITY , CYCLES , MISSIONS , DEFICIENCIES , OPERATION , RESOURCES , COUNTERS , LOW INTENSITY , SMUGGLING , NARCOTICS , LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT , COCAINE , RECREATION , CONSUMERS , SURVEILLANCE , GRAVITY , CONFLICT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE