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At Defence IQ's AFSEC 14 conference, David M. Luna, Senior Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, addressed delegates. Here is his speech in full... Good morning. Your Excellencies, Distinguished L...
Police forces have spent decades combating organised crime with well-practised techniques, but can the same tactics be the key to defeating insurgencies on the front line? Former police officer, federal marshal, and JIEDDO FOX team member Louis J. DeAnda tells Defence...
The region of Central America and the Caribbean has long been used by drug traffickers as a major transit and trans-shipment area. While the Caribbean route is largely preferred by Colombian traffickers, Mexican criminal groups engaged in drug trafficking opt to explo...
Defence IQ explores some of the key stimuli for security enhancement in Latin America and the Caribbean, as threats ranging from illegal fishing to narcotrafficking continue to demand an effective, multi-agency response…JIATF-South 
This article examines the evolving Hybrid Threat, its potential to pose existential threats to homeland security, its resistance to conventional, unilateral approaches and countermeasures, and proposes a highly cohesive, multi-dimensional approach merging Enterprise T...
Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden was a $150 million business in 2011, the result of tens of thousands of hijackings. A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that in 2013, this has fallen to zero. Nothing. Not one successful hijackin...
In spite of progress, security efforts in the Caribbean and South America are far from won. Indeed, the nexus between transnational organized crime and extremist organizations continues to pose a global threat as much as remaining a critical risk for countries within...
Those worried about tens of thousands of innocent civilian deaths in Syria might better focus their time, energy and resources on helping a nation where tens of thousands have also died, but whose fate directly and immediately affects U.S. and Canadian security. Tha...
Founder and President of the International Organization for Security and Intelligence (IOSI), Johan Obdola has over 25 years of experience in security and law enforcement at both a national and international level. His experience includes time spent as an intelligence...
The Andean region is one of three sub-regions in the world designated by the United Nations as "regions under stress," the other two being South West Asia and South East Asia. The significance of this specification lies in the fact that within these regions criminal...
Narco tanks may be disappearing, but there is a continued rise in the use of military-grade weaponry among criminal organisations in Latin America. The situation is forcing authorities to rethink their defence procurement needs.
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