Accession Number:

ADA263586

Title:

The Drug War: A Military Cure?

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-02-03

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

The drug problem in the United States has reached almost epidemic proportions. Americans have become frustrated at the lack of progress that the government and civilian law enforcement agencies have made in combatting the drug problem. This lack of progress has caused many to believe that the military may provide the solution. Counter-narcotics efforts, to include production and trafficking, are a high priority mission of the Department of Defense. However, the ability of the DoD to fight in a drug war is severely limited by the Posse Comitatus Act. Although this Act has been amended to allow the military to take a more active role in counter-narcotics missions, the military is still severely constrained from using all of its resources. Civilian and military planners must answer three basic questions before they fully commit the armed forces of the United States to fight the war on drugs 1 Should the military be involved in the drug war, 2 What are the possibilities and limitations of military involvement, and 3 What is the military objective In examining these very pertinent questions, it is also necessary to consider the role of the military as policemen , and the impact that such a mission would have on the ability of our nations warriors to conduct standard warfighting missions.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Pharmacology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE