Accession Number:

ADA394424

Title:

International Organized Crime: A Growing National Security Threat

Descriptive Note:

Strategic forum

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Organized crime has grown far more powerful recently because of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the spread of international drug trafficking. Russian organized crime is particularly dangerous due to the weakness of Russian law enforcement agencies and the huge flow of dirty money through Russian banks. Some experts believe the Russian security services may be colluding with organized crime. Despite the threat to U.S. security, organized crime should be fought mainly by law enforcement agencies not the Armed Forces. In rare cases, such as those in which organized crime controls a weak state, military intervention may be warranted.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE