DCI COUNTERNARCOTICS CENTER FY 1990 TECHNICAL INITIATIVES PLAN

Created: 1/1/1990

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DCI COUNTERNARCOTICS CENTER FY0 TECHNICAL INITIATIVES PLAN

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SUMMARY

CNC's Technical Initiatives Plan fors based on the perceived needs of not only the CNC, but other CIA elements which will provide direct support to the "war ons well. In some instances, project planning has also addressed the needs of other members of the US Counternarcotics Comnun ity.

To the extent practicable, the plan addresses specific issues, which if otherwise left unattended, would unduly delay the effective application of technology to the issue at hand. The plan attempts toalance between developing capabilities to better understand the inner workings of trafficking organizations and developing the material wherewithal to combat and neutralize those organizations. in

certain instances, it further servesspringboard" from which future follow on activities way be launched.

The planide variety of technical activities and directly involves most Offices of the.esser extent, other CIA elements will/may be involved, as well.

INTRODUCTION

categories, specific projects have been conceptualized on the basis of percieved need, likelihood of success, duration of activity and projected cost. The energent packagepectrun of activities which, when complete, will begin to bridge the gap between the present

technical capability to counter the

narcotics threatuture, well balanced and applications oriented technical arsenal.

The unique nature of the counternarcotics issueet of oquipment requirements different from those normally imposed on equipments designed for use in traditional

operations.

INrKASTR.UCTl'RE DEFINITION

successful

of any

necessarily requires an intimate understanding

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RECONNAISSANCE AND INTERDICTION

An enlightened and abstinent "Just Say No" American public notwithstanding, any truly successful counternorcotics program has as it's primary goal, the exclusion of illicit drugs from the united States. Clearly, the orchestrated interdiction of any illegal shipment is predicated on foreknowlcgc of it's existence: such foreknowledge may sometimes be gained by technical reconnaissance.

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platforms? The answers to those and numerous other related questions will significantly enhance our posture to deal effectively with the cocaine problem- In order to address such issues, we plan toeries of rather diverse technical activities toeeper understanding of the narcotics threat and possible means to overcome it.

We plan toarket survey to identify,orld-

basis, sources of

and to

catalog the performance characteristics of those systems.

The results of this survey will form the basis of a longer-

range effort to acquire an inventory of

equipment dedicated for use in counternarcotics

operations.

Finally, we also plan to provide both financial and membership support to the ONDCP's recently established Drug

and Technology Committee.

committee will

community-wide technical capabilities in light of perceived technical requirements and recommend methods and techniques by which identified gaps may be filled- During the first year of the committee's existence, CNC will provide the bulk of the funding required to cover it's start-up and administrative costs; in the future, CNC's annual contribution will be reduced as other community members collectively bear the brunt of the financial burden.

FOUSTF.RHEASURES

In certain operational scenarios, opportunities sonetines

present themselves to permit j

are vital

their interests. In such instances, having an "on the shelf" capability to take full advantage of tha opportunity

can have tremendous payoff.

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