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Joint Interagency Task Force West
JIATF West, Bldg 700 Elrod Rd, Room 131
DSN: 315-477-9708 /9715
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Rear Admiral James E. Rendon, Director
Mr. Earl K. Hampton Jr.
|Chief of Staff, CAPT Andrew “Drew” St. John, USN||(808) 477-9715|
|Senior Enlisted Advisor||(808) 477-9709|
|Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration, Mr. Mike McCormick
|Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations, Mr. Todd Horton||(808) 477-0704|
|Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mr. Bill Kurokawa||(808) 477-9745|
Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West) is the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) Executive Agent for Department of Defense (DoD) support to law enforcement for counterdrug and drug-related activities. The JIATF West team is a composite of approximately 166 active duty, reserve, DOD civilian, contractor, and U.S. and foreign law enforcement agency personnel.
Joint Interagency Task Force West applies Department of Defense capabilities to conduct and support interagency operations to identify, disrupt, and dismantle drug-related transnational organized crime threats in the Asia-Pacific region.
The threat posed by drug-related transnational criminal organizations is reduced from a national security threat to a manageable public safety problem.
We bring military and law enforcement capabilities together to combat drug-related transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific Region.
White House/Office of National Drug Control Policy Links
Department of Justice
State of Department
Since arriving in Hawaii in 2004, JIATF West has developed a strategy with supporting activities to face the particular challenges of the Asia-Pacific region, and to meet the evolving needs of our law enforcement partners. JIATF West works closely with senior law enforcement leadership partners across the region to increase support to major law enforcement operations.
Asia-Pacific criminal enterprise activities, including drug-trafficking, are organized on a business model of networked criminal service providers. The U.S. law enforcement strategy to combat these criminal networks concentrates on long-term criminal enterprise investigations in order to prosecute organizations' leadership and seize criminally gained assets. These efforts lead to disrupting and dismantling criminal enterprises. By joining forces with U.S. and foreign partner law enforcement agencies, we are able to effectively augment and enhance their ability to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal enterprise networks.
Our strategy is built on the premise of interagency cooperation. JIATF West partners with U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies through regional U.S. Embassies and their respective country teams. We also partner with regional law enforcement agencies, such as New Zealand Police, Australian Federal Police, and Australian Customs Service, who coordinate complementary capabilities in the region. We bring military and law enforcement capabilities together to combat and reduce transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific.
Partnerships enable three general categories of synergy and effectiveness:
We offer specific programs to support the above categories:
In 1989 the U.S. military was given statutory responsibility to detect and monitor aerial and maritime illicit drug shipments to the United States. With this statutory responsibility, the first iteration of the national task force, Joint Task Force FIVE (JTF-5), stood up in Alameda, Calif.
In 1994, the three Joint Task Forces (JTFs) were re-designated as Joint Interagency Task Forces (JIATFs) with expanded authorities under the National Interdiction Command and Control Plan (NICCP). The JIATFs coordinated and directed the detection, monitoring, and sorting of suspect drug-trafficking aircraft and vessels. Targets were turned over to appropriate U.S. law enforcement authorities for apprehension.
In 1999, JIATF East merged with JIATF South. JIATF South is located in Key West, Fla., and continues to conduct counter illicit trafficking operations, intelligence fusion and multi-senior correlation to detect, monitor, and handoff suspected illicit trafficking targets.
In 2004, JIATF West relocated to Honolulu, HI from Alameda, Calif. In conjunction with the move, we developed a strategy with supporting activities to face the particular challenges of the Asia-Pacific region, and to meet the evolving needs of our law enforcement partners. JIATF West works closely with senior law enforcement leadership partners across the region to support major law enforcement operations.
Today, JIATF West brings military and law enforcement capabilities together to combat drug-related transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific Region. JIATF West's top priority is supporting law enforcement in their efforts to reduce the illicit flow of methamphetamine, Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) and precursors intended for U.S. markets. JIATF West also has specific efforts to detect and monitor heroin and other illegal drugs originating in southeast and northeast Asia destined for U.S. markets.
The JIATF West Area of Responsibility (AOR) mirrors the USPACOM AOR, excluding the JIATF-South Joint Operating Area (JOA) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, east of 120° W. The JIATF West AOR is defined by the area east of 17° E to 120° W into the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Arctic Ocean portion east of 100° E to 95° W.
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