Shift in the National Drug Strategy: Implications for the SOUTHCOM AOR
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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The present administration is in the midst of formulating a comprehensive drug strategy vowing renewed efforts and resources directed toward demand reduction. Commitment to Latin American LA source and transit nations, demonstrated by the recently announced FY-94 counterdrug CD budget, is significantly reduced. This study reviews the national strategy under the bus administration, the emerging national strategy under President Clinton and DoDs implementation in the Latin American Region. A discussion of the impact on Southern Command Southcom follows with regard to budget, affected programs and theater strategic objectives. Possible implications for the future of this region and the impact on U.S. National Security interests are addressed. The study suggests that the drug problem is a long term commitment requiring U.S. support through-out the source-transit-demand spectrum. The U.S. must continue to provide the necessary resources through a multi-lateral approach because the trafficker has no regard for international borders. Finally and perhaps the key to the significant reduction of international borders. Finally and perhaps the key to the significant reduction of illicit drug flow is to continue support for Nation-Building by the U.S. Military.
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- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics