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NCJ Number: 165660 Find in a Library
Title: Sharing the Secrets: Open Source Intelligence and the War on Drugs
Author(s): J F Holden-Rhodes
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 240
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-275-95454-4
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The importance of sharing intelligence internationally to control drug trafficking, specifically cocaine, in the western hemisphere is emphasized, and the need to keep intelligence at the unclassified level is discussed.
Abstract: Many intelligence products, especially those derived from open sources, do not have to be classified. In addition, strategic intelligence is an important component of U.S. foreign policy in general and the National Drug Control Strategy in particular. An overview of U.S. intelligence from 1946 through 1989 is presented. Key events and issues are discussed to show the evolution of intelligence, and challenges that intelligence must address in the future are described. The history of the ongoing search for intelligence that can be used in the drug trafficking arena is reviewed. The intelligence agenda of the National Drug Control Strategy is considered, and the evolution of drug policies and counter drug intelligence agencies is traced. The cocaine trafficking industry, the role of the military in the fight against drugs, and the performance of drug law enforcement agencies in dealing with the drug problem are examined. The use of open source intelligence to devise alternative solutions to cocaine trafficking is recommended. References, notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Drug smuggling
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug Policy; Drug regulation; Intelligence acquisition; Intelligence analysis; International drug law enforcement; Latin America; Military role in drug law enforcement
Note: DCC
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