The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus

An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups, 1st Edition

By Jennifer L. Hesterman

CRC Press

351 pages

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Postmodern global terrorist groups engage sovereign nations asymmetrically with prolonged, sustained campaigns driven by ideology. Increasingly, transnational criminal organizations operate with sophistication previously only found in multinational corporations. Unfortunately, both of these entities can now effectively hide and morph, keeping law e

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Criminal-Terror Nexus. Transnational Organized Crime (OC) and Direct Impact in the U.S.. Fighting Transnational Crime Overseas � And Within Our Borders. International Terror Groups. Domestic Terror Concerns. Mexican Cartel Activity in the U.S.. Funding Terror. Exploitation of Ecommerce. Sharing Tactics. Use of Social Networking and Exploitation of the Internet for Recruiting, Spreading Propaganda, and Clandestine Communication. Why the Nexus Exists. Conclusion and Topics for Future Study.

About the Author

Colonel (Ret.) Jennifer L. Hesterman was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of Air Force ROTC at Penn State University. During her twenty-one-year career, she served three Pentagon tours and commanded multiple units in the field. Her last assignment was Vice Commander, 316th Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, the home of Air Force One. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. Colonel Hesterman is a doctoral candidate at Benedictine University and also holds master?s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Air University. In 2003, she was a National Defense Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where she immersed herself in a year-long study of the nexus between organized crime and international terrorism. Her resulting book won the 2004 Air Force research prize and was published by AU Press. She is a cleared professional for the MASY Group, a national security and intelligence firm; contributing editor for The Counter Terrorist magazine; and a guest lecturer for federal and state law enforcement agencies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism