SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime

Authored by:
Peter Mccabe, William Mendel, Bill Mandrick, Randy Paul Pearson, Michael Miklaucic, Emily Spencer, Mark Hanna, Mike Rouleau, Earl Vandahl, Celina Realuyo, Bernd Horn, Christian Leuprecht
Published on 2/1/2016
Digital Only

In April 2015, military and civilian personnel from Canada, Mexico, and the United States came together at Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a symposium hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command-North and facilitated by Joint Special Operations University and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Their task was to examine the role of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in combating transnational organized crime (TOC). The panelists and plenary participants set to work considering a wide range of issues attending to the TOC threat. After the Symposium concluded, panelists and speakers synthesized the results of their research and panel discussions in articles for publication—those articles are found in the chapters of this report of proceedings. The implication for SOF is they must continue to train to meet the strategic challenges ahead. This will require forward-deployed units that are engaged with their counterparts in host countries because TOC is both a threat to, and a result of, weak, emerging democratic governments that benefit from engagement. Readiness to conduct all SOF core activities will remain a priority.