Joint Interagency Task Force-South: The Best Known, Least Understood Interagency Success   [open pdf - 4MB]

"In 2009, a single U.S. Government organization accounted for more than 40 percent of global cocaine interdiction. It coordinated the disruption of approximately 220 tons of cocaine, with disruption defined as the unrecoverable loss of the drugs through direct seizure, forced jettisoning by the trafficker, or other courses of action. During the same time, the rest of the U.S. Government seized only 40 tons. Over the past 20 years, the same organization has arrested some 4,600 traffickers, captured nearly 1,100 vessels, and deprived drug cartels of $190 billion in profits. Although the importance of drug interdiction as opposed to other counterdrug programs and activities may be debated, it is clear that this organization - JIATF-South [Joint Interagency Task Force-South] - is a matchless operational success. Within the U.S. Government it has earned a reputation as the 'gold standard' and 'crown jewel' of interagency cooperation and intelligence fusion."

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Institute for National Strategic Studies Strategic Perspectives, No. 5
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