Considered at their extremes, everyday criminal acts and war’s most brutal measures seem to have little or no connection. But the link between crime and war is real, with each having the potential not just to overlap with, but also to catalyze the other. The prominence of international terrorism makes this crime-war connection both stronger and more complex. Recent reporting has revealed how criminal enterprises and terrorist groups find common cause and use common tactics to undermine some sovereign states, even as they work closely with others.
Now Hear This—Fight Across the Crime-War Continuum
By Lieutenant Commander Kevin Duffy, U.S. Coast Guard