An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Oct. 24, 2022

Joint Interagency Task Force West Cohosts the Chemical Working Group

By Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West) Public Affairs Office Media Release

DENVER -- Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), USINDOPACOM’s counterdrug (CD) task force from Camp Smith, Hawaii, in collaboration with other federal law enforcement agencies, held the fifth Chemical Working Group (CWG) in Denver. Participants included international partners and individuals from across the U.S. inter-agency and represented law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic and military elements of national power.

The CWG was originally formed as another line of effort against illicit drugs and focused on the precursor chemicals used in their production. This was initially particularly true of those chemicals used in synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, and now includes the chemicals used in the production of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Synthetic narcotics were first recognized by Centers for Disease Control in 2020 as a prima-ry public narcotic health threat, and the situation has only worsened since. These narcotics are being synthesized by clandestine labs in Mexico by using chemicals imported from China and elsewhere in Asia.

The CWG provides a forum to help educate the community of interest, identify trends and opportunities, and foster an environment where lessons-learned and best practices can be shared in order to improve counterdrug collaboration and mission effectiveness.

A series of presentations from multiple agencies highlighted mutually beneficial efforts and included a global presence of various U.S. embassy and partner nation representatives. Presentations led to dialogue on policies and procedures with a true inter-agency approach reaching across a broad spectrum of efforts that could impact the illicit production of synthetic narcotics.

“The Chemical Working Group is an example of a forum in which a whole-of-government approach is being leveraged against one of the most consequential threats facing the American people: the scourge of synthetic opioids and the illicit chemicals used in their production,” said Rear Adm. Charles Fosse, Director, JIATF West. “A global problem such as this requires a response that brings every tool of national power to bear and demands that we work across the interagency and with our foreign partners.”

The CWG provided an opportunity for face-to-face engagement with partners to develop a sharper vision of common efforts, which will build upon continuous coordination between law enforcement, intelligence communities and JIATF West.

“It was extremely rewarding to see the myriad of participants coming together and identifying ways in which we will strengthen our network to combat the threat posed by drugs and associated transnational criminal organizations,” said Fosse.

JIATF West is the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) 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 85 active duty, reserve, DOD civilian, contractor, and U.S. and foreign law enforcement agency personnel.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
X
361,679
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Mountain Dragons improve mission readiness during rotational deployment to Korea
American Soldiers from the Fort Drum, New York-based 59th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Company (Hazardous Response) participate in the Advanced Chemical Biological Course on Camp Humphreys, South Korea. A mobile training team from the Special Programs Division on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, conducted the course. Courtesy photo.
Feb. 9, 2024 - American Soldiers from a forward deployed U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) company improved their technical and tactical readiness during a nine-month rotational deployment to South Korea...

Japan, U.S. Army Conduct Cold Weather Training During North Wind 2024
U.S. Paratroopers from Blackfoot Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade, 11th Airborne Division give a demonstration of sniper rifle marksmanship training on M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems to Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) members with 28th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, Northern Army during North Wind 24, Jan. 25, 2024 on JGSDF Hokudai-en Training Area in Chitose, Hokkaido. On Jan. 24, 2024 both the JGSDF members and U.S. Paratroopers showed each other the standard operating procedures for their respective sniper teams to prepare for this live-fire training. North Wind is a bilateral cold-weather field training exercise held between the U.S. Army and JGSDF where the allies exchange tactics and techniques; this year’s exercise is the 31st North Wind.
Feb. 9, 2024 - A closing ceremony hosted by the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Northern Army was held marking the completion of North Wind 2024 at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Jan. 31...

Philippines, US partner in Maritime Cooperative Activity in South China Sea
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 9, 2024) - The Philippine Navy ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15) sails with the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during a maritime cooperate activity exercise in the South China Sea Feb. 9. The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Navy conducted the third iteration of the Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) in the South China Sea, reaffirming both nations’ commitment to bolstering regional security and stability. (Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines)
Feb. 9, 2024 - The U.S. Navy and the Philippine Navy (PN) conducted the third iteration of the Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) in the South China Sea, reaffirming both nations’ commitment to bolstering regional security and stability,...

U.S., Japan and Australia Conduct Trilateral Operations
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 7, 2024) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113), sails with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Sazanami (DD 113) and Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152) during trilateral operations in the South China Sea, Feb. 7. John Finn is forward-deployed and assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stack)
Feb. 8, 2024 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) and Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducted trilateral operations with allied maritime forces from the Japan...

Statement From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on a Helicopter Crash in California
Feb. 8, 2024 - We mourn the tragic loss of five U.S. Marines earlier this week during a training flight enroute from Nevada to California...