Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) and related terrorist organizations are extremely adept at exploiting technologies, not just to commit crimes, but also to escape detection and operate hidden from view. Their highly decentralized networks adapt quickly to countermeasures, and their ability to collaborate with a wide range of criminal and anti-state actors also adds to their strength and agility.
At the same time, government agencies are facing budget constraints not seen since government downsizing in the 1990s. Law enforcement agencies simply do not have the resources to fight TOCs by adding large numbers of personnel or buying expensive solutions.
Today’s law enforcement community needs to focus on building the strategies, tactics, organizational structures, processes, partnerships and tools, to improve effectiveness, exploit modern digital technologies and shift the advantage back in our favor in the fight against transnational criminals and terrorists.