Accession Number:

ADA563203

Title:

Defeating Mexico's Drug Trafficking Organizations: The Range of Military Operations in Mexico

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-06-08

Pagination or Media Count:

102.0

Abstract:

Drug trafficking organizations within Mexico have become a challenge to the state and are affecting both Mexican and U.S. citizens within the U.S. and Mexico border region. As the situation continues to spiral out of control, the U.S. military, with approval of the Mexican government, may need to conduct operations within Northern Mexico to defeat drug trafficking organizations and stabilize the region. As the full range of military operations have been conducted within Afghanistan, this study explores those military operations and their applicability to defeating drug trafficking organizations within Northern Mexico. Through the process of operational design, the author concludes that there is no single military operation that will defeat the drug trafficking organizations. Rather, to defeat drug trafficking organizations and stabilize Northern Mexico the U.S. military must conduct a combination of operations, including security cooperation, limited contingency operations, and major operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE