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AFCEA West 2011: Evolution of maritime drug trafficking presents national security threat

28th January 2011 - 09:50 GMT | by Scott Gourley in San Diego


An evolutionary ‘triad’ of narcotics trafficking platforms could evolve into a direct ‘kinetic’ threat with broader national security implications. That was one message offered at ‘West 2011,’ an annual C4ISR symposium co-hosted by the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the United States Naval Institute (USNI).

As part of a 27 January breakfast keynote address, RDML(S) Stephen Metruck, Chief of Staff, Eleventh US Coast Guard District, outlined a range of challenges that the Coast Guard faces across its broad mission spectrum.

One of the currently evolving challenges highlighted by Metruck is the evolution of self-propelled, semi-submersible drug smuggling craft

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a former US Army officer and the author of several thousand articles …

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