Homeland Security Papers: Stemming the Tide of Terror -- Chapter 3: Colombian War and the Narco-Terrorist Threat [open pdf - 143KB]
"The purpose of this chapter is to provide justification for regarding the narco-war in Colombia as a threat to the homeland security of the U.S. In order to support this premise, U.S. interest in Colombia will be defined in terms of geopolitical and socioeconomic impact. The warring factions will be outlined to ascertain that, in fact, defeating the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas) is key to winning the war in Colombia. Another aspect to be discussed is the threat that the intrinsic relationship between the drug trade and international terrorism poses to the U.S. homeland. This chapter intends to provide evidence that international terrorism may already be involved in Colombia's war and, therefore, our robust counter-drug defenses should expand to include this additional threat. Ultimately, the analysis centers on the need to win the war in Colombia to secure America's southern border."
Ritz, Michael W. Homeland Security Papers: Stemming the Tide of Terror. Maxwell Air Force Base: USAF Counterproliferation Center, 2004, ch.3.