From a doctrinal perspective the Department of Defense has two distinct sets of principles for conducting operations, one for war and one for operations other than war. It is Cook's contention that in order to win the "War on Drugs" we need to apply a hybrid set of principles. He feels that the principles of unity of command, objective, offensive, surprise, security, and perseverance have the most utility in this war. This thesis will look at the historical background of the "War on Drugs", how it is currently being fought, and, with the application of this hybrid set of principles, how we can improve our counterdrug operations. Cook's thesis and recommendations will focus on the operational level of war with specific attention being paid to America's southwest border.
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