Accession Number : ADA556751


Title :   Exploiting Weaknesses: An Approach to Counter Cartel Strategy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Reyna, Enrique J ; Castellanos, Dennis J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a556751.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 139


Abstract : This thesis, Exploiting Weaknesses: An Approach to Counter Cartel Strategy, provides an in-depth case study analysis of the Los Zetas transnational criminal network to gain an understanding of its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. First, the thesis utilizes social movement theory to illuminate the structural and other key essential factors that make Los Zetas vulnerable to disruption. Then the thesis identifies Los Zetas' means of financial support to expose its insidious methods. Finally, the thesis utilizes social network analysis and geographical information systems to gain a better understanding of Los Zetas' organizational networks, its possible safe havens, and its key terrain. The employment of the aforementioned theories reveals essential vulnerabilities that form the basis of a recommended disruption strategy against Los Zetas.


Descriptors :   *COUNTERMEASURES , *CRIMINALS , *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MEXICO , *NETWORKS , *STRATEGY , *VULNERABILITY , CASE STUDIES , DRUG SMUGGLING , FINANCE , GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS , HUMAN TRAFFICKING , INTELLIGENCE , KIDNAPPINGS , LAW ENFORCEMENT , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , ORGANIZATIONS , SURVEILLANCE , THEFT , THESES , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE