Accession Number:

ADA622638

Title:

Pivot to the Homeland - An Escalated Maritime Interdictions Approach Towards Combating Transnational Criminal Networks in the Western Hemisphere

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLLEGE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-06-03

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

The brutal violence and terrorism nexus of Transnational Organized Criminal TOC Networks, specifically Drug Trafficking Organizations DTOs, decreases stability throughout the Americas and poses a present and growing danger to U.S. national security. Advances in submersible smuggling technology coupled with the proliferation of safe havens within the Americas are a direct threat to the homeland. As the world s premier maritime power, the U.S. must strengthen resolve and investment to counter narco-terrorist networks where most vulnerable in the maritime. This thesis argues the need for an escalated maritime interdictions approach against DTOs in the Western Hemisphere examining the limited success over the past four decades, current monetary and social costs to the U.S., and outlines the potential benefits of an increased maritime interdictions approach. This thesis asserts that U.S. National Fleet resources could be better leveraged to increase apprehensions of narco-terrorists at sea.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Pharmacology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE