Accession Number:

ADA555128

Title:

Rethinking Merida's Priorities: The Time is Now to Invest in Homeland Security

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-10-28

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

This paper examines the problem of U.S. congressional funding priorities for Beyond Merida legislation and finds that inadequate resourcing of Department of Homeland Security DHS programs impedes U.S. and Mexican efforts to disrupt transnational drug cartel operations in the near term. The author uses a Cost-Benefit Analysis CBA methodology to compare the efficacy of current State Department DOS initiatives against possible alternatives administered by DHS. The author draws conclusions that to better disrupt the operations of transnational drug cartels, the U.S. Congress should appropriate to the DHS funding that was previously identified to support the Merida Initiative. The paper recommends that Congress enact a Department of Homeland Security Authorization bill in perpetuity and advocate for Mexican inclusion into the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Defense

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE