An Expanded Drug Interdiction Role for the Military: Policy, Process, and Potential Impact on International Relations.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Drug abuse and violent crime have long been partners in destabilizing the fabric of society. The efforts at quelling these problems have been many- and largely ineffective. An effective solution to the drug problem must emphasize demand reduction as well as diminishing the ample supply of drugs available. This paper will argue for an expanded role for the military in drug interdiction. This expanded role would utilize varied interdiction strategies while emphasizing interdiction on US borders and in international waters, and argues against expanding the US military presence in drug producing nations- an effort which is seen as potentially destabilizing and damaging to these nations as well as long-term US interests. The effects are likely to be higher seizure rates, coupled with strengthened democratic institutions within drug producing nations. This, in turn, may prove to have a more deleterious effect on the illegal drug economy.