From the thesis abstract: "With the high U.S. domestic consumption of illicit drugs, a relationship has formed between transnational gangs and powerful Latin American drug cartels. The ineffectiveness of the war on drugs, along with the high cost of such a program, begs the question: should the U.S. Government continue the war against transnational crime, more specifically the war on drugs? If so, then how could the United States become more effective in its efforts to defeat this threat? This monograph asserts that the stability of the U.S. as well as its global status is extremely vulnerable to this transnational criminal organization (TCO) threat if is not addressed appropriately. Today's approach is focused on attacking the supply side of the narcotics problem. It will be shown why this approach is failing. The current U.S. strategy to defeat the devastating effects of TCOs is too narrow in its approach. The U.S. may become more destabilized as this type of problem has a propensity to get worse, not better, over time. This monograph defines the types of organizations that make up the (TCO) and identifies the threat to the national security of the U.S. that these gangs pose because of their complexity. Secondly, the research analyzes the present supply side strategy, identifying possible shortcomings in the strategy to combat the threat from narcotics. Identification of a center of gravity (COG) for both threat and the U.S. using Joint Publication 5-0 and Dale Eikmeier's method for COG analysis frames the current situation in the U.S. Using comparative analysis the author will determine if the U.S. strategy is effective in the fight against this insurgent threat. This monograph proposes an FM 3-24 based population-centered counterinsurgency as an additional line of effort."
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