31 Mar '14, 11pm

Narco-Cities: Mexico and Beyond

Intelligence analysis of narco-cities must include analysis of the ‘geosocial’ dynamics of that conurbation. That means both terrain analysis and social network analysis of the criminal actors and their political links with state and sub-state political organizations, as well as assessment of market (black, grey, and legitimate) conditions must be assessed. For assessing terrain, it is important to recall that urban terrain is difficult for security (police and military forces) to operate in. Restricted movement, funneled and channelized movement, high potential for ambush, population and structural density, three-dimensional operational space (including subterranean, surface, and elevated terrain) are all features. The criminal actors have the advantage in many cases (urban terrain favors the defense).[xxi] Non-combatants complicate engagements between the security forces...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/narco-cities-mexico-...

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