The law enforcement and intelligence communities traditionally have approached the movement of illegal goods (i.e. drugs, money) and human trafficking by concentrating on the criminal kingpin and his associates – the “bad actors” who set up and profit from the illicit supply chain. The premise has been to take out the kingpin and disrupt the criminal enterprise. But the shortcomings of this approach are evident: While there may be a temporary leadership vacuum, there's no shortage of candidates to take over as kingpin, and meanwhile, the structure of the supply chain stays intact. Read more
The biggest challenge in taking this new approach to disrupting the flow of illicit goods is the need to work across agencies and geographic boundaries. We have enforcement agencies with specific charters – the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, for instance – trying to eliminate transnational criminal enterprises that face no such limits; they just go wherever the profit makes sense. As a result, most agencies only see small parts of the overall criminal structure, and are measured on the successes they achieve within their own limitations. Read more
Booz Allen has identified a three-phase attack structure to take on the challenge of disrupting these global illicit supply chains. Phase one is about “painting the picture” – characterizing and identifying the end-to-end network, the people and entities that comprise it, and tracking the criminal goods, whether cash, weapons, drugs, or people. This is well under way now.
Next is tactical implementation, creating a prioritized list of vulnerabilities and providing that information to the law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They can take that information and, using their traditional approaches of attacking these networks, pursue those elements in their Read more
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