Accession Number : ADA309298

Title :   Counterdrugs: A Matter of Balance.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Peraza, Joseph E.

PDF Url : ADA309298

Report Date : 17 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The U.S. military has been engaged in the war against drugs for some 17 years. Despite all the resources thus far expended, the U.S. still finds itself firmly in the grip of this unyielding enemy. While the U.S. military is not the lead agency in this endeavor, the military has the resources required to significantly reduce illicit drug flow. Unfortunately, the 50-plus U.S. agencies committed to this struggle have not been able to stem the flow of illicit drugs. Fundamental problems exist in understanding and accommodating the challenges faced by our allies in Latin America. Legal restrictions are over stated. Disunity of interagency efforts plagues the endeavor. Funding for counterdrug and security assistance has been reduced despite ample evidence that the war is far from over. The requisite balances between Ends, Ways, and Means have not been carefully explored. The results therefore have been predictable . . . disconsolate failure.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY ASSISTANCE, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *DRUG INTERDICTION, *DRUG SMUGGLING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MILITARY STRATEGY, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, LEADERSHIP, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, ECONOMIC IMPACT, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, MILITARY TRAINING, PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, COOPERATION, LATIN AMERICA, FEDERAL LAW, COUNTERINSURGENCY, NARCOTICS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE