Analysis of the Execution of Counter-Drug Strategy in Bolivia Using the Low Intensity Conflict Imperatives
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study investigates the actions of U.S. military personnel conducting the counter-drug mission in Bolivia in accordance with the Bolivian U.S. Counter-Drug Strategy. The analysis determines if U.S. personnel, in executing their mission, are complying with the low intensity conflict LIC imperatives. The study uses Operations Blast Furnace- and -Snowcap conducted in 1986 and 1989 respectively as illustrative examples to analyze the execution of the counter-drug mission. The LIC imperatives are the doctrinally approved truths acknowledged as essential to the successful planning and execution of LIC operations. The counter-drug mission is a subset of peacetime contingency operations therefore, the analysis provides a validation of the imperatives as an analytical tool. The study concluded that U.S. personnel did not comply with the LIC imperatives. The failure to comply has a direct correlation to the failure to stop the flow of cocaine from Bolivia. Counter-Drug Strategy, Bolivia, Low Intensity Conflict LIC Imperatives, Operation Blast Furnace.
- Government and Political Science
- Organic Chemistry
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics