The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

President Releases Counternarcotics Strategy for Northern Border

Drugs National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy This new report released by the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy highlights the strategy for dealing with Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) operating on both sides of the United States and Canada. TCOs are exploiting weak points in the international boundary that spans nearly 5,225 miles. The border is the longest border between two countries in the world and TCOs specifically use it to "move proceeds from illegal drugs sold in the United States and Canada and to transport drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, meth, and cocaine between the two countries." The report cites that in order to "increase each country's individual security and economic vitality, the United States and Canada must appropriately plan, train, and act together to address threats at the earliest point possible and work toward optimizing joint border management goals." On February 4, 2011, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlighted those objectives in a press released titled "Beyond the Border: A Joint Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness (BTB)." The ongoing efforts to reduce the aforementioned threats posed to the United States and Canada are guided by five strategic objectives: 1. Enhance intelligence and information-sharing capabilities and processes associated with the Northern border; 2. Interdict illicit drugs and illicit drub proceeds at and between the ports of entry along the Norther border; 3. Interdict illicit drugs and illicit drug proceeds in the air and maritime domains along the Northern border; 4. Enhance counterdrug efforts and cooperation with tribal governments along the Northern border; and 5. Disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organization operating along the Northern border. Note: Each of the strategic objectives listed above are addressed in five chapters within the report.