organized crime


ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security



ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security
On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the… Read More

Greater interagency cooperation needed to thwart transnational organized crime



Greater interagency cooperation needed to thwart transnational organized crime
RAND Corporation recently published a report on countering the expansion of transnational criminal networks (TCNs) involved in trafficking drugs, persons, weapons, and other illicit goods. These networks pose a serious threat to U.S. national security and security interests in the Western Hemisphere, especially those that with ties to terrorist groups.… Read More

Featured Article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination



Featured Article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination
Featured article: NORAD: A Model to Address Gaps in U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination by Patti Bielling Mexico’s dynamic evolution toward democracy remains a hidden success story to most people in the U.S. The Mexican government’s incremental legislative and election reforms from 1977 to today paved the way for the 2000 election… Read More

State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade



State effort to combat illicit tobacco trade
Last week the U.S. Department of State issued The Global Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Threat to National Security, a publication outlining the whole-of-government effort to combat the illicit trade in tobacco. The publication was released on December 2, at a meeting of the Interagency Working Group to Combat Illicit… Read More

IAP 14W (November 2014) Strategic Approach to Combat Transnational Organized Crime



IAP 14W (November 2014) Strategic Approach to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

This paper looks at the disjointed efforts, a lack of understanding, and limited motivation to participate that characterize the current state of affairs on combating transnational organized crime, and examines approaches to better address this issue. The authors discuss whole-of-government and partner-nation efforts to combat transnational organized crime.

CCO publishes book on illicit networks



CCO publishes book on illicit networks

The Center for Complex Operations recently published an edited volume addressing illicit networks and U.S. national security. Convergence: Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization explores many aspects of transnational organized crime...

IAS-001 (December 2012) U.S. Southwest Border Security



IAS-001 (December 2012) U.S. Southwest Border Security

This study focuses on security at the U.S. Southwest border, and begins with a broad view of border region issues before narrowing its focus to security and how DoD can support a whole of government approach to border security. The authors examined the border region from various perspectives and applied selected tools of anthropology, physical and cultural geography, and military doctrine.

IAP 10W (September 2012) Domestic Security Cooperation: A Unified Approach to Homeland Security and Defense



IAP 10W (September 2012) Domestic Security Cooperation: A Unified Approach to Homeland Security and Defense

Using a capabilities-based assessment model as a guide, this paper examines the current operational capabilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and NORTHCOM. The analysis highlights the capabilities required to combat current and future threats along the southwest border and identifies the gaps between existing and required capabilities.