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Exploiting weaknesses: an approach to counter cartel strategy

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Authors
Reyna, Enrique J.
Castellanos, Dennis J.
Subjects
Government of Mexico (GoM)
Los Zetas
Criminal Organization
Social Network Analysis (SNA)
Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
Centrality
Key Player
Social Movement Theory (SMT)
Political Process Model
Resource Mobilization
Finance
Disruption;
Advisors
Everton, Sean F.
Date of Issue
2011-12
Date
December 2011
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The thesis, "Exploiting Weaknesses: An Approach to Counter Cartel Strategy," provided an in-depth case study analysis of Los Zetas transnational criminal network to gain an understanding on its weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The thesis utilized social movement theory to illuminate its mobilizing structure and key essential factors that make Los Zetas vulnerable to disruption. In addition, the study identified Los Zetas' financial support structure to expose its insidious methods. Finally, the thesis utilized social network analysis and geographical information systems to gain an understanding of its organizational networks, deduce possible safe havens, and key terrain of Los Zetas. Ultimately, the employment of the aforementioned theories revealed essential vulnerabilities, which form the essence of a practical disruption policy recommendation against Los Zetas.
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Thesis
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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Format
xviii, 119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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