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THE ILLICIT USE OF ARMED DRONES BY TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS IN MEXICO IN THE 21ST CENTURY REQUIRES NEW RESPONSES

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Authors
Rabling Valdez, Omar
Subjects
transnational criminal organizations
Mexico
drones
illicit activities
drug trafficking
improvised explosive devices
rule of law
internal security
legal measures
operational standards
CJNG
case study
organized crime
commercial drone industry
operational force
intelligence force
legal staff
support and analysis force
ground forces
air force
United States
violence
synthetic drug trafficking
Advisors
Everton, Sean F.
Date of Issue
2023-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis presents the security challenges posed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel’s (CJNG) use of explosive-laden drones, a significant threat to both Mexico and the United States. It advocates for a bilateral strategy combining operational, intelligence, legal, and analytical efforts from both countries. The study highlights the necessity for a comprehensive revision of legal frameworks to empower authorities to effectively counteract the illicit use of drones. Through a structured approach, the thesis identifies the roles of various forces, including ground, air, and drone support units, to orchestrate a unified response between Mexican and U.S. law enforcement. It analyzes the CJNG’s tactics, offering insights into the potential evolution of drone misuse. Its aim is to significantly reduce the operational capacity of the CJNG in using drones for criminal activities, thereby mitigating violence and disrupting illicit activities. It concludes by advocating for a collaborative approach to address technologically advanced organized crime on an international scale.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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