Combating Transnational Organized Crime: A DoD Support Mission

  • Colonel J. Frank Melgarejo Jr.

This strategic research project (SRP) analyzes the challenge of combating transnational organized crime in Central America’s Northern Triangle. It then describes DoD programs and authorities which best support U.S. and partner nation CTOC efforts on the land domain. To determine the combination of DoD programs and authorities that could best support CTOC efforts, the SRP defines TOC; describes the Northern Triangle and its environment; reviews U.S. CTOC policies and supporting strategies; analyzes current DoD CTOC authorities and offers examples of how such authorities can be leveraged; and finally recommends how DoD can best support CTOC on the land domain in Central America’s Northern Triangle.