Analysis of Drug Trafficking Organization Behavior
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One of USSOUTHCOM's primary missions is to disrupt the flow of drugs from Central and South America to the United States via the southern approaches. Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) use both maritime and air conveyances and use a variety of vessel types to transport the drugs. USSOUTHCOM focuses on an area covering over 15 million square miles, and it has limited search and interdiction assets to effectively support the mission. We are working to develop and apply a methodology for estimating the flow of drugs and vessels out of South America. This information will provide insights to USSOUTHCOM on the relationship between force allocation and the effect on counter-drug operations.