An Analysis of the Military's Role in America's Counterdrug Operations
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Over the past few decades the United States has witnessed a steady increase in the number of domestic problems and crimes related to illegal drug abuse and trafficking. In an effort to combat this growing problem Americas policy makers have crafted thorough strategies designed to provide conceptual frameworks for reducing this problem nationwide. These strategies include the use of DOD resources to reinforce the fight between civilian law enforcement agencies and illegal drug traffickers. while tremendous headway has been made due to DOD participation in the war against drugs, there is much still to be done. This paper begins by examining the role of the ONDCP and analyzing current National, Military, and Drug Control Strategies to ensure a clear, consistent drug control strategy is presented from the top down. It also considers the ends, ways, and means discussed in each to ensure they are in balance. Next it looks at some of the laws involved in using the military in counterdrug operations and the current role of DOD. Finally, it recommends changes designed to improve the effectiveness of the military in fighting this war.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics