Securing the Western Hemisphere



Posted by LT Melissa McCafferty, Friday, July 7, 2017, Coast Guard Compass

Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft

Transnational organized crime is a 750 billion dollar enterprise. Motivated by profit, criminal organizations drive widespread instability in South and Central America as they exploit vulnerable populations by trafficking drugs, children, bulk cash and weapons. Responding to the United States’ insatiable demand for illicit drugs, criminal organizations are the source for many of the challenges we see along our southwest and maritime borders, to include increased drug and immigration flows.

As Commandant of the Coast Guard, I also chair The Interdiction Committee, an interagency coalition dedicated to disrupting these illicit networks, specifically through efforts in the Western Hemisphere transit zones. Last week, the committee engaged senior officials and military leaders from Ecuador, Colombia and Panama as we continued our work to advance the partnerships that ultimately promote regional security and prosperity.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE