Analyzing the Operational Factors of Space, Force, and Time in United States Southern Command's Counter Drug / Counter Narcoterrorism Mission
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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United States Southern Command SOUTHCOM faces a multi-faceted, financially powerful, and tireless opponent in its ongoing struggle against drug trafficking organizations DTOs. Operating in a secondary theater of war and faced with budget and asset constraints, SOUTHCOM must efficiently leverage its resources against highly sophisticated narcotics-trafficking networks or risk losing effectiveness in the narcotics interdiction realm. Disrupting the various DTOs and their sophisticated production and transportation networks is a complex task and interdiction goals are not being met by SOUTHCOM. This paper examines SOUTHCOMs interdiction mission through analysis of the operational factors of space, force, and time, specifically focusing on the difficulties that Venezuela presents in the realm of space, advantages that unmanned aerial vehicles present in terms of force and the impact of time regarding the beneficial long-term effects of bilateral agreements and partner-nation aid packages.
- Unconventional Warfare