Accession Number:

ADA556751

Title:

Exploiting Weaknesses: An Approach to Counter Cartel Strategy

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Report Date:

2011-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

139.0

Abstract:

This thesis, Exploiting Weaknesses An Approach to Counter Cartel Strategy, provides an in-depth case study analysis of the Los Zetas transnational criminal network to gain an understanding of its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. First, the thesis utilizes social movement theory to illuminate the structural and other key essential factors that make Los Zetas vulnerable to disruption. Then the thesis identifies Los Zetas means of financial support to expose its insidious methods. Finally, the thesis utilizes social network analysis and geographical information systems to gain a better understanding of Los Zetas organizational networks, its possible safe havens, and its key terrain. The employment of the aforementioned theories reveals essential vulnerabilities that form the basis of a recommended disruption strategy against Los Zetas.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE