Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney, U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Adm. Christopher Tomney, U.S. Coast Guard


We are getting away from focusing on a type
of commodity—drugs, weapons, money—to look at illicit networks writ large. What are those networks involved in any sort
of illicit activities, whether it’s terrorism, migration, drug smuggling. How can we impact those networks in our region,
so again the countries in the region can be safe and secure within their own borders? So, to me, this task force is all about helping
to bring stability to the region, helping the nations of the region to fight a transnational
threat where no one nation, to include the United States, has all the tools, all the
capabilities, all the authorities, and all the resources to go it alone.

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