Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), our key component in detection andmonitoring of illicit traffic, exemplifies this unity of effort. Considered the linchpin in U.S.counterdrug efforts, JIATF South capitalizes on the unique capabilities, authorities, and strengthsof interagency partners such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security. In 2011, JIATF South operationsresulted in the disruption of 117 metric tons of cocaine, denying illicit traffickers approximately$3 billion in revenue. Our return on investment is substantial; in 2010, JIATF South supportedthe interdiction of eight times the amount of cocaine than was interdicted on the Southwestborder, at a third of the cost and in an operating area that covers 42 million square miles.
None of our efforts would have been possible without the continued support of Congress.Almost three decades ago, Congress recognized the important role the Department of Defensecould play to counter the threat of drug trafficking, particularly in support of civilian lawenforcement efforts. More recently, through the provision of authorities commonly referred to asSections 1206, 1207, and 1208, we trained and equipped partner nation forces to help the UnitedStates combat terrorism and conduct stability operations. Congressional approval to delink theInternational Military Education and Training (IMET) program from the American Service
Members’ Protection Act sanctions has allowed us to educate and train hundreds of military
personnel in the region, a critical element in strengthening military-to-military relations. We
also appreciate the ongoing support Congress provides to the Department of State’s regional
security initiatives such as the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), the
In FY2010 the U.S. government expended a combined $1.8 billion across 11 agencies on interdiction efforts on the 1,969-milelong Southwest border (SWB); FY2010 total operating cost for JIATF South was $565.5 million. In FY2010, law enforcementagencies seized 19 metric tons of cocaine at the SWB; in comparison, JIATF South operations resulted in the disruption 154metric tons.