The Center for Complex Operations (CCO) 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 and illicit networks, examining the magnitude of the problem and possible methods to combat the criminal networks.
In his foreword, Admiral James G. Stavridis, United States Navy, states that “Illicit networks affect everyone in our modern, globalized world,” citing the far reach of human trafficking, drug smuggling, terrorism, and other illegal activities.
The first part of the book describes the gravity and the scope of the challenge posed by the ever expanding illicit networks, while the second part of the book examines how illicit networks operate. Part two studies how the networks relate to each other, their supply chains function, and different roles within networks, as well as mapping the “hubs” of the illicit economy.
Part three focuses of how the trafficking networks threaten and undermine nations and states, while part four lays out means to combat illicit activities. Chapter 14 directly addresses the collaborative efforts of the interagency and international community.
For more information about Convergence, please follow the link below:
Convergence: Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization, Center for Complex Operations