High Tech, Low Results: The Role of Technology in the US’s Current Narcoterrorism War in the Andean Region and Why it is Failing

TitleHigh Tech, Low Results: The Role of Technology in the US’s Current Narcoterrorism War in the Andean Region and Why it is Failing
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSchonau-Taylor, Jesse
Academic DepartmentElectrical Engineering
Thesis AdvisorWallace, Allan K.
DegreeBachelor of Arts in International Studies in Electrical Engineering
Number of Pages50
Date Published05/2005
UniversityOregon State University
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
KeywordsColombia, electronics technology, narcoterrorism

This paper studies the current counternarcotics methods and the electronics technology used by the United States and Colombian governments to combat narcoterrorism in the Andean region. The efficiency and efficacy of these methods with the use of electronics technology are analyzed to determine if they are successful. The current counternarcotics methods used, interdiction and eradication, are also compared with the addition of a supplemental third method, alternative development, as well as legalization, a less traditional approach to The War on Narcoterrorism.

This is a significant topic because the United States has sent more than $3 billion in the last ten years in military aid to Colombia in support of its counternarcotics missions (Forero). The majority of United States aid comes in the form of electronics technology. It is important for the people of the United States and Colombia to evaluate how successful their governments are in the war on narcoterrorsim.

The information in this paper was gathered primarily through research using sources from the United States Congress, the State Department, independent books, newspapers, magazines, websites, and interviews.

The conclusion of this paper states that the current methods wed to combat narcoterrorism are ineffective and that two alternative options need further consideration. The first option involves supplementing the two current methods used, interdiction and eradication, with alternative development. The second option considers the possibility of world wide legalization of illicit drugs and is compared with the firstt option. This paper does not judge which of the options is best, but does declare that if the present methods are not changed, the war on narcoterrorism will only worsen.