Drug Enforcement Administration Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team

5 Deployable Teams

Mission Statement: “Plan and conduct special enforcement operations; train, mentor, and advise foreign narcotics law enforcement units; collect and assess evidence and intelligence in support of US and bilateral investigations.”

The major need for this organization is that FTOs and DTOs overlap, in that FTOs provide an ideological motivation for violence, while DTOs provide monetary support for violence – many members are interchangeable between FTOs and DTOs, particularly in weak states such as Afghanistan with opium smuggling and warlordism.

FAST Training Supported by SOCOM

Phase 1: Physical & Tactical Assessment

Phase 2: Specialized Training

Phase 3: Advanced SOF TTPs

TTPs include: Mission Planning; Small Unit Tactics; Heavy/Foreign Weapons; Close Quarter Combat Shooting; IED and Demolitions Familiarization; Surveillance Detection; Counter-Threat Driving; Combat Lifesaving; Communication and NVG; Land Warfare; MOUT/SOUC; Escape and Evade Techniques; Airmobile/Maritime Operations; Convoy Operations; Counterdrug Tactical Police OperationsDEA Strategy & Mechanism

DEA Strategy and Mechanism

1. Identify and Target HVT’s and key nexus nodes
Use informants, UC operations, interdiction operations, financial investigations, and telephone intercepts to develop prosecutable Afghan Bi-lateral, 959, and 960a cases.

2. Synchronize and Conduct Operations with US/ISAF SOF

Transparent and shared targets, intelligence, investigative priorities, and resources throughout theatre.

3. Capacity Building
DEA expansion and integration into ISAF Regional Commands. Continue to train, mentor, and advise specialized units of the CNP-A.

4. Strategic Communications
Impact local Afghan mindset by enforcing rule of law, support Afghan-led operations, targeting corrupt officials and high-level insurgents & traffickers, and sustain dialog with tribal elders.

1. More DTO/FTO hybrids will appear: 21stCentury OC
2. FARC is thecase study
3. DTO/FTO’s operate in same spaces
4. Each vying for same money generated from same illicit enterprises
5. Reliance on same shadow facilitators for logistics, finance, $, arms
6. RED forces in compressed ‘space/time’ scenario become allies

Is it a law enforcement mission or is it a military mission?
Both!!!—U.S. law enforcement, the U.S. Military, and the Intelligence Community have no choice but to work closer together.
GREEN and BLUE forces must have unity of effort to prevail

DEA FAST Unit Insignia

DEA FAST Unit Insignia

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=8366287 Fast Alpha Patch

Drug Enforcement Administration. Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team. DEA FAST. NDIA SO/LIC Symposium. Richard Dobrich. www.dtic.mil/ndia/2011SOLIC/Tues2Dobrich.pdf

DEA. “FAST.” http://searchjustice.usdoj.gov/search?q=site%3Awww.dea.gov&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=iso-8859-1&oe=UTF-8&client=default_frontend&proxystylesheet=dea&site=default_collection&q=FAST&btnG=

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DEA-FAST-Team/197574533675227

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/world/americas/united-states-drug-enforcement-agency-squads-extend-reach-of-drug-war.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

SIGAR Audit Reports: http://www.sigar.mil/audits/auditreports/index.aspx?SSR=2&SubSSR=11&WP=Audit%20Reports


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