Florida’s Counterdrug (CD) Program Support Plan complements the National Drug Control Strategy, Department of Defense Counternarcotics & Global Threats Strategy, Florida Drug Control Strategy, and National Guard Bureau-Counterdrug Division Strategic Plan. The Florida Counterdrug Program executes its support role through the implementation of the following four mission sets: Civil Operations, Analytical Support, Reconnaissance and Training. Through these mission sets, the program employs assets for the Secretary of Defense and Governor of Florida in response to Florida’s drug threats to ensure decisive and effective support where needed. Performance scorecards are maintained within each mission set to monitory efficiency and progress towards the accomplishment of annual goals and objectives. These scorecards are based upon published performance measures of effectiveness which are refined annually and support national benchmarks outlined by the DASD/CN>, ONDCP, and NGB.
The objectives of the Florida Counterdrug Program are: enable local, state and federal law enforcement and Combatant Commands to defeat illegal drug smuggling into Florida (Supply Reduction); provide force multiplier to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and Combatant Commands to dislodge and defeat domestic illegal drug production and distribution (Supply Reduction); enable Florida communities to reach “at-risk” demographics for drug use and gain commitment for a drug-free life (Demand Reduction); and meet emerging threat through training programs that will enhance local, state, and federal law enforcement, Combatant Commands, and Florida’s communities, to fight the war against drugs (Training).
To maximize capabilities by ensuring personnel and recourses are leveraged in support of our operational objectives and Interagency Partner initiatives, Florida Counterdrug will implement its FY12 Strategy utilizing intelligence driven, effects based operations. This operational approach not only ensures that support capabilities are properly aligned in response to Florida’s most volatile transnational threats at the onset of the FY, but further serves as a baseline from which the program’s performance can be continuously gauged to allow for needed operational adjustment throughout the year. Florida will continuously weigh drug trafficking, production, consumption, criminal activity, and transnational threat assessments to ensure maximum response support is leveraged in the most affected regions of state.
a. Civil Operations: The Florida National Guard (FLNG) CD Program will implement the following Civil Ops programs: Night Vision, Youth Leader training, and Community Anti Drug Coalition Development in order to bolster Florida’s Education Infrastructure and Community Based Anti Drug Coalition efforts. Additionally, Multi Jurisdictional Task Force Training (MCTFT) will facilitate instructional development of state Community Coalitions and Florida’s Aerial Reconnaissance Team will enhance youth presentations through static display support. FLNG Counterdrug will utilize internal analyst assets to monitor youth trends to ensure Civil Ops resources are leveraged to produce the greatest returns on investment throughout the state. The Civil Ops objective for FY12 is to ensure that a minimum of 130,000 school-aged children in Florida receive demand reduction training.
b. Analytical Support: FLNG CD will provide Traditional and Counter Threat Finance Analysts, Linguists, Communications, and an information Sharing Environment to support its interagency partners’ interdiction and disruption efforts. These partners include but are not limited to the following agencies: Florida’s three HIDTAs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DEA, USPS, United States Southern Command, JIATF-S, United States Special Operations Command, and State and Local LEAs. FLNG CDs objective for FY12 is to provide analytical support to a minimum of 3,500 cases.
c. Reconnaissance: The FLNG CD Program will utilize high tech/state of the art Aerial (RC-26 Program and Air Reconnaissance Team (ART)), Surface (Ground Reconnaissance Team), and Sub-surface (Diver/Remote-Submersible) reconnaissance elements in order to provide critical information on transnational and domestic narco-terrorism targets exploiting Florida’s intermodal transportations and port of entry infrastructure, deny the use of remote terrain for illicit drug production, conduct urban reconnaissance, and observe bulk cash smuggling. FLNG CDs support goal for FY12 is to provide a minimum of 250 RC-26 and 750 ART Flight Hours, 40 Surface, and 20 Sub-surface reconnaissance missions in support of LEA efforts.
d. Training: FLNG CD will provide comprehensive Law Enforcement, Combatant Command, and Community Coalition Based training in collaboration with the MCTFT Program. FLNG CD program continues to identify, develop, and specially resource, needs-based, cost-effective training in response to ever changing drug threats that may not fit within present MCTFT curriculums/initiatives. This dual approach to fulfilling customer training support needs ensures relevant effective training to LEAs on a case by case basis for emerging tactics, techniques and procedures used by DTOs and gangs for the infiltration, production, and distribution of illegal drugs.