From the thesis abstract: "In 1969, President Nixon started the now well-known 'War on Drugs.' The reason behind his 'declaration' of war was the increasing national security threat posed by the transnational drug trafficking organizations. With the aim of making as much money as possible, the drug trafficking organizations simply shifted from the Caribbean to the Southwest border of the United States as their primary smuggling route. This shift found a Mexican government that decided to follow a strategy of appeasement allowing the drug trafficking organizations to grow in strength. In 2006 when President Calderon took the office of the Presidency, he shifted the policy to direct confrontation. This has led to increased violence in Mexico and virtually no slowing of drugs coming across the Southwest border of the United States. Over 40 years ago, President Nixon recognized the national security threat posed by drug trafficking organizations and now that threat is even closer to the United States.This monograph proposes that the Mexican drug trafficking organizations are susceptible to the current strategy employed by the United States with a few modifications. The aim is to disrupt the Mexican drug trafficking organizations using operational shock. In order to accomplish this, this monograph uses select elements of operational design consisting of arranging operations and effects. These two categories contain the concepts of depth, tempo, and simultaneity. This study asserts that within this operational environment these are essential elements when developing an operational approach. This study reveals that the Mexican drug trafficking organizations employ these elements of operational design more effectively than the United States or Mexican government. At the conclusion, this study reveals that employing these select elements of operational design could enhance the current strategy of the United States and lead to the disruption, through operational shock, of the Mexican drug trafficking organizations."
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