Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2014

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48 Proceedings Fall 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings illicit traffcking across domains and facilitate international and interagency interdiction to disrupt and dismantle illicit and converging threat networks. Multinational Partnerships Joint Interagency Task Force South serves as a tenant for international liaison offcers from 14 different countries, each representing their respective country's military or law enforcement agencies. Foreign liaison offcers provide timely information to and from national leaders inside the JIATFS joint operating area and coordinate intelligence shar- ing and operational planning at the strategic level. Foreign fag-level offcers also head two JIATFS task groups. Fostering these relationships and command structures allows foreign fag offcers tactical control of U.S. and foreign assets, while executing Joint Interagency Task Force South's mission in specifc sections of the JOA and furthering inter- national coordination. Daily foreign liaison offcer interac- tion among their colleagues and with the U.S. government is crucial to JIATFS success, because these offcers share ideas and assets that help fght drug traffcking organizations. The Joint Operations Center Within the JIATFS joint operations center, watch standers from all fve U.S. military branches monitor operations to counter illicit trafficking and maintain critical informa- tion-sharing links, ranging from "U.S.-only" networks to In Key West, Fla., next to the crumbling ruins of a fortress from a different era, sits a modern-day complex designed to counter illicit drugs, a menace that threatens to desta- bilize the Western Hemisphere. For decades, the fow of illicit drugs from South America into the United States has been a consistent threat to regional stability in the Western Hemisphere, as many small, relatively poor countries in South and Central America lack the resources to effectively counter drug traffcking organizations and their infuence. Fortunately, the U.S. can assist foreign governments through the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS), a dynamic, modern-day effort in multi-agency operations that collabo- rates with foreign governments to help secure and stabilize their countries and the region. JIATFS, which falls under U.S. Southern Command's tasking authority, 1 also stands as the premier example for international and interagency partnerships in the Western Hemisphere. JIATFS operates as a national task force; therefore, it is not part of any specifc department or agency. Additionally, although the vast majority of JIATFS operations occur in U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility, the JIATFS joint operating area (JOA) covers portions of four other combat- ant command's areas of responsibility, so Joint Interagency Task Force South also maintains working relationships with U.S. Northern, Pacifc, African, and European Commands. While these relationships may seem complicated, they allow Joint Interagency Task Force South to detect and monitor Joint Interagency Task Force South Combating illicit drug operations. by captain Joseph perry U.S. Army Command Duty Offcer Joint Interagency Task Force South LT cory riesterer U.S. Coast Guard Operational Targeting Division Joint Interagency Task Force South Ensuring Long-Term Success continued on page 50

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