DoD Involvement in Drug Interdiction: Success or Failure?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In 1977 the military began a continuously expanding war to prevent drugs from crossing our nations borders. Each year, the military has become a more willing partner in this war. This study begins with the history of the Department of Defenses DODs involvement in the drug interdiction war. The goal of DODs drug interdiction program is to deter drug smuggling by intercepting and seizing illegal drug shipments. Each national drug control strategy has required DOD to commit more personnel and equipment to drug operations. 1989 marked a significant turning point in the drug interdiction war. DOD designated several CINCs specific new drug related duties and provided additional resources to fight the war on drugs. Three new Joint Task Force Headquarters were established to help coordinate this complex war.
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