Military Counter-Drug Support to Law Enforcement   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Since the mid 1970s the military has provided some form of operational or non-operational counter-drug support to law enforcement. Beginning with National Guard support to marijuana eradication operations in Hawaii, counter-drug support has spread to all elements of the military and now involves not only equipment loans and transfers, but intelligence; base and research facilities; training and advice; operation and maintenance of equipment; aviation reconnaissance, surveillance, and transportation; detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime smuggling, and establishing bases of operations for civilian law enforcement personnel. As the level of counter-drug support has increased and responsibilities spread throughout the military establishment, the methods of determining what support is available, how and from whom law enforcement agencies should request it, where the required equipment and capabilities exist, and how the request can be satisfied at the lowest possible level have become more important. This paper examines the counter-drug missions assigned to the Department of Defense and the organizational structure put into place to execute those missions. The conclusions resulting from this study are that the information provided to drug law enforcement agencies on military support capabilities as well as the guidance on procedures for requesting such support are not adequate to ensure the provision of required support in a timely organized manner. Recommendations for improving the provision of this information and procedural guidance are provided."

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