Accession Number:

ADA209809

Title:

Criteria for Success in the War on Drugs

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

Every year since 1986, the United States Congress has increased the MIlitarys role in the war on drugs. With the passage of the Department of Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1989, the military assumed the federal lead in command, control, communications and intelligence in this effort. If the past is any indication of future trends, the military role is almost certain to increase as policy makers become increasingly frustrated with the nations seeming inability to curb the supply of illicit drugs crossing our borders. This study seeks to establish that the military has significant capabilities for dealing with the supply side of the drug war, but this role goes beyond that of traditional interdiction assistance. The study shows the linkages between narco- terrorism, drug trafficking and low intensity conflict LIC, thus proposing that the militarys primary contribution in limiting the supply of illicit drugs will embrace the imperatives of LIC. The criteria for the militarys success in the war on drugs is exacting. Rules of engagement, doctrine and readiness issues must be anticipated. Unless we are to repeat the mistakes of the past 25 years, policy makers must consider invoking the publics support if the military involvement is to continue in the war on drugs. This study presents several important considerations and recommendations in the use of the news media to accomplish this end.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE