Accession Number:

ADA503220

Title:

Mexico at the Precipice: Are Lessons from Plan Colombia Operationally Relevant to United States Northern Command?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-04

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The violence from Mexicos ongoing fight against narcotraffickers has reached astounding proportions and poses a national security threat to the United States. There is currently a lack of a unified coarse of action for United States Northern Command NORTHCOM with respect to Mexico. United States Southern Commands SOUTHCOM experience during Plan Colombia can provide insight into how NORTHCOM might proceed through an integrated approach to counterinsurgency COINtraining, border security and increased military to military cooperation. This paper will examine the history of the drug conflicts in both Mexico and Colombia and will look specifically at the Merida Initiative and Plan Colombia. It will discuss similarities and differences between the situations in Mexico and Colombia and discuss some possible scenarios for NORTHCOM to engage Mexico. Finally, it will make recommendations for NORTHCOM to move forward.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE