1st Edition

Narcos Over the Border Gangs, Cartels and Mercenaries

Edited By Robert J. Bunker Copyright 2011
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    The book takes a hard hitting look at the drug wars taking place in Mexico between competing gangs, cartels, and mercenary factions; their insurgency against the Mexican state; the narco-violence and terrorism that is increasingly coming over the border into the United States, and its interrelationship with domestic prison and street gangs. Analysis and response strategies are provided by leading writers on 3GEN gang theory, counterterrorism, transnational organized crime, and homeland security.

    Narcos Over the Border is divided into three sections: narco-opposing force (NARCO OPFOR) organization and technology use; patterns of violence and corruption and the illicit economy; and United States response strategies. The work also includes short introductory essays, a strategic threat overview, an afterword and selected references. Specific topics covered include: advanced weaponry, internet use, kidnappings and assassinations, torture, beheadings, and occultism, cartel and gang evolutionary patterns, drug trafficking, street taxation, corruption, and border firefights.

    This book was published as a special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies.

    Editor’s Note

    Preface: The Border War - David D. Danelo (Author—The Border: Exploring the US-Mexico Divide; Blood Stripes: The Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq)

    Foreword: A View From the Trenches - Alberto M. Melis (Chief of Police Douglas, AZ & FWG Member for FBI/PFI)

    1. Strategic Threat: Narcos and Narcotics Overview - Robert J. Bunker

    Part I: Organization and Technology Use

    2. Cartel Evolution Revisited - Robert J. Bunker and John P. Sullivan (LA Sheriffs, CT / Gang researcher / author)

    3. Gang, Cartel, and Mercenary Organization and Linkages - John P. Sullivan

    4. Los Zetas an Operational Assessment - Lisa J. Campbell (Nat Guard Intell, CT writer)

    5. Use of Advanced Weaponry and Technology - David A. Kuhn (Dade County LE Support, CT writer, expert in police

    special operations / stand off weapons / IEDs)

    6. Use of the Internet and World Wide Web - Sarah Womer (US Army Intell Support / Expert on Internet use by Terrorists), Gus Frias (LACOE Safe Schools, worked with DEA OCONUS / Gang knowledge / finishing PHD), and Robert J. Bunker

    Part II: Silver or Lead?

    7. Corruption of Politicians, Judges, Law Enforcement, and Military - Luz Nagel (Prof. of Law, Stetson Univ / Colombian Cartel Experience)

    8. The Illicit Economy: Narcotics, Taxation, and Extortion  - Robert J. Bunker

    9. Firefights, Raids, Kidnappings, and Assassinations - Graham H. Turbiville (FMSO founder / globally recognized scholar on LIC / Ter. / PhD)

    10. Torture, Beheading, and Occultism - Pamela L. Bunker, Lisa J. Campbell (Cult researcher, author, grad degree) and Robert J. Bunker

    Part III: Response Strategies

    11. Traditional Domestic Response Approaches - John P. Sullivan

    12. Non-Traditional Domestic Response Approaches - Robert J. Bunker and Matt Begert (Marine LTCOL, Ret, NLECTC-West, writer,

    terrorist cell leader, SF background, etc)

    Afterword: Why Mexico is Not Colombia  - Phil Williams (well known in field of Transnational crime studies / PhD) and Paul R. Kan (US Army SSI Scholar / PhD.)

    Selected References


    Robert J. Bunker is CEO of the Counter-OPFOR Corporation, USA. He is an applied theorist focusing on non-state opposing force (OPFOR) research, analysis, and defeat strategies and Epochal Warfare studies. He was the 2006-2007 Futurist in Residence (FIR), FBI Academy, Quantico, VA and has counter-terrorism and red teaming experience. His publications include Non-State Threats and Future Wars; Networks, Terrorism and Global Insurgency; and Criminal-States and Criminal-Soldiers (all published by Routledge).