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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Countering Jamaican Gangs

The battle to defeat Jamaican gangs is one that demonstrates the complexity of modern warfare, and all its changes: shifting centers of gravity, decentralization of authority, increasing sophistication of weapons and communications, and involvement of international complexities evident in global networks, and complicity of states and non-state actors.

Although the center of gravity of Jamaican gangs is the viability and proliferation of the drug trade, and not acquisition of area and resources, the essence of warfare is evident nonetheless–and area control and resources are indeed vital.  Use of increasingly sophisticated weapons, communication, training, and movements challenges local law authorities and involves the need for more powerful, better trained, and more robust security forces.

The balance of power is not incremental and necessarily one of measured in changing steps.  In fact, if these narco-terrorists succeed at acquiring advanced transportation (submarines, etc.) and anti-weapons/weapons systems (SAMs, MANPADS, etc.) they will have succeeded in escalating their efforts to the next level: not just penetration of areas and nations, but regions, and global networks with resiliency requiring more serious efforts.

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