Naval Intelligence Ready To Combat Drug Trafficking
by Manrique Gandaria
Elements of the Military Intelligence School of the Navy of Mexico will be the spearhead to attack the drug trafficking structures in the country.
As part of the security strategy of the current administration, it seeks to generate military intelligence through the 571 specialized elements in this area recently graduated from the institution and thus plan the operations against organized crime.
To achieve this, it will also have the 3,173 officers trained in the Naval Intelligence Unit distributed throughout the country and whose training covers: training of pilots of unmanned aircraft, training centers to detect and decode radio signals, Counterintelligence personnel training centers, special units to monitor drug plantations from space, satellite resources to create databases with information among other intelligence tasks.
Security specialists point out that López Obrador must rethink a much more focused model in the generation of intelligence, in the coordination and in the development of solid security bodies, which are also close to the people.
"It is not possible to improve security in the country, simply by disappearing or generating new institutions or protocols. Such is the case of the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), the Presidential General Staff (EMP), the Grenadier Corps in Mexico City, the decriminalization of the use of marijuana, the promulgation of a possible Amnesty Law, among other proposals, said Raúl Sapién Santos, President of the National Council of Private Security.
Since the beginning of December, López Obrador ordered his Secretaries of Defense and Navy, General Luis Crescencio Sandoval and Admiral Raúl Ojeda Durán, to begin the deployment of the first 43,000 soldiers and sailors with whom the National Guard will face organized crime in all over the country, with the aim of avoiding, as far as possible, confrontation and reducing collateral damage as much as possible.
What is sought is to increase and streamline the work of the Armed Forces in the fight against drug trafficking and common crime. Only in the last year of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, the Armed Forces carried out 246 thousand 341 surveillance operations of the territory, air space and national seas (Sedena 197 thousand 99, Semar 49 thousand 242), with monthly participation of 128 thousand 731 elements (Sedena: 111 thousand 626; Semar: 17 thousand 105).
To strengthen the Military Intelligence System and the Naval Intelligence System, five Regional Naval Intelligence Centers established in the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Naval Regions were created, which generated between 2018 and 2018, one thousand and nineteen intelligence elements. Useful and reliable in support for the decision making of naval operations that perform those commands in their respective jurisdictions, which will be used by this administration to increase intelligence.
In the Naval Intelligence Units (UIN) analysts receive training on Knowledge Management System and Analysis of Dynamic Stochastic Scenarios, to encourage the generation of intelligence products at a strategic level.
As part of a whole, the National Security Council will continue to contribute to the identification, prevention, deactivation and containment of risks and threats to National Security with the generation of strategic intelligence on the main phenomena that may threaten integrity, stability and permanence. of the Mexican State.
The generation of military intelligence, includes the culmination of the prototype of radar of aerial surveillance type 2D and 3D that provides information of distance, marking and altitude of aerial objectives for protection of strategic installations in the national territory, which will allow to satisfy medium and long term the needs of the Sedena and Semar, which takes an advance of 60 percent.
While, through the Comprehensive Air Surveillance system of the Sedena, the government will continue the aerial surveillance of identified places with high criminal incidence in search of increasing the thousand 682 missions with aerial surveillance platforms carried out by the previous government in six years.
In the last work report, the Navy presented an initial investment of 40 million, 201 thousand 291 pesos to start up the Intelligence System of the Navy of Mexico (SIAM), although it was February 2008, in the administration of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa when the Naval Intelligence Unit (UIN) was created, in charge of coordinating a part of the training of specialized officers in this area.
For this year, the UIN received resources for 274 million 737 thousand 124 pesos to strengthen the operation of the five Regional Fusion and Intelligence Centers created to support institutional work in the fight against crime and to generate applicable instruments in the security agenda national.
For the President of the National Council of Private Security, Raúl Sapién Santos, to improve the levels of security in the country, it is not enough to reduce poverty or liberate the use of marijuana.
He warned that the insecurity that our country is going through has modified the habits of Mexicans, to such a degree that 25 percent of the population, that is, one in four people, have reduced their visits to parks, museums and shopping centers. "A strategy based on coordination and intelligence is required, as well as the generation of solid and efficient security bodies."
Sapién Santos maintains that those in charge of the national security policy of the Government of Mexico, mainly President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Secretary of Public Security, Dr. Alfonso Durazo and the Secretariat of the Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, have the challenge of establish and lead a comprehensive strategy that effectively addresses the needs of citizens in the field, over isolated actions or political speeches and public positions.
"Until today Mexicans have witnessed a narrative that is not completely structured, accompanied by public events that leave us with the feeling that we need to continue working to generate a specific strategy in the public security model of the Government of Mexico" , said Raúl Sapién Santos, President of the National Council for Private Security.
Emphasizes that the national security model to be sought by the new Government of Mexico requires considering certain strategic pillars such as intelligence and innovation; a local police force that integrates and generates trust in people; work in a coordinated and articulated way with the national police; as well as specialized training and adequate remuneration for the elements that make it up. "Attacking the causes of security problems can give concrete results, however, it still seems a very long-term task", concluded Raúl Sapién Santos.
Gotta like that 1:monitor drug operations from space!I guess it's hard to hide now just like nuclear operations unless they go completely underground but then need generators for lights for growing and they can monitor where the human activity is and have a pretty good idea about what's going on.