Attacking Transnational Organized Criminal Networks: Applying Principles of Irregular Warfare to an Emerging Salient Threat
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ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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While the 2011 Department of Defense Counternarcotics and Global Threats Strategy DoD CNGT Strategy acknowledges the complexity of the strategic environment and provides an expanded interpretation of its existing authorities that allows for the integration of unique DoD competencies within a whole-of-government approach, it foregoes the opportunity to articulate a theory of action and instead repackages objectives from national level strategies within the scope of DoD capabilities. Through an exploration of theories of irregular warfare IW and competing cultural tendencies within the DoD, this monograph seeks to offer a theory of action that underwrites an alternative approach to combating TCOs to integrate more effectively tactical actions in time, space, and purpose with national strategic aims. Considering the many structural parallels between insurgent organizations and TCOs, it is likely that theories of IW will have indirect, if not direct, application to contemporary efforts to confront TCOs. With the intent of discerning certain of these relevant aspects, this monograph examines two important IW theories - Nathan Leites and Charles Wolfs supply-side approach to COIN and Dr. Geoff Demarests consideration of the utility of anonymity. Furthermore, the author attempts to conceptualize Dr. Demarests ideas within a behavioral economic model in an effort to integrate his complementing theory with Leites and Wolfs rational actor framework.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare