From the thesis Abstract: "As increased border security measures are adopted along the United States' southern land border, researchers believe that an increase in illicit maritime traffic can be expected. As the primary maritime security agency, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is suffering from a lack of interdiction assets and resources and admits it is already only capable of responding to one-third of all known maritime smuggling events. Based on current data regarding drug interdictions within the maritime domain and the expectation that smuggling events will increase, can the number of successful interdictions be increased through greater interoperability and cooperation between the U.S. Navy (USN) and USCG? This thesis discusses the mission of both the USN and USCG and analyzes the role that Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South) plays in coordinating counter-narcotics efforts. The research for this thesis suggests that JIATF South is successfully coordinating responsibilities among all involved agencies to maintain complete awareness of maritime drug smuggling, but that it now lacks the necessary assets to improve on the number of successful interdictions each year. The USN is aiming to surpass the previous goal of a 355-ship fleet by developing unmanned surface vehicles, which could prove to be the asset JIATF South needs."
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