Air Force More Into the Drug War

U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS, an RC-135, and KC-135s sit at the CURACAO/ARUBA Cooperative Security Location. Photo via SOUTHCOM.

Photo: U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS, an RC-135, and KC-135s sit at the CURACAO/ARUBA Cooperative Security Location. Photo via SOUTHCOM.

While the Navy may be providing less support for the Drug War, since all the Frigates have been decommissioned, DODBUZZ reports increased participation by the Air Force. Seems they see detecting and chasing Drug Smugglers as a training opportunity, with a side benefit.

“The large-scale air operation in the Caribbean included a number of U.S. aircraft, including HC-130s, DH-8s, B-1Bs, B-52s, AWACS, JSTARS, Global Hawks, KC-135s and KC-10s, James said. Space and cyber assets “were also brought into the mix,” she said, but didn’t elaborate.”

Somthing I would have loved to have seen:

“In March, a B-1B Lancer flew a low pass over a drug smuggling boat in the Caribbean Sea, prompting those onboard to dump 500 kilos of cocaine into the deep blue.”