The Drug War and Information Warfare in Mexico
Stefan John Wray, M.A.
The University of Texas at Austin, 1997
SUPERVISOR: Mercedes de Uriarte

New war forms have emerged as a result of computers and communication technologies. Military strategists call this new capability “Information Warfare,” citing the example of the Gulf War’s use of satellites, radar, telecommunications equipment, and computerized weaponry. Similar technologies are employed in the hemispheric Drug War. Since the 1980s, declarations that drugs pose a national security threat heightened the militarization of the Drug War, increasing Pentagon involvement. With help from the United States, Mexico has intensified its own efforts to combat drug trafficking by acquisition of high-tech weaponry and know-how. This new technical ability enables the Mexican armed forces to wage Information Warfare against drug traffickers. But this new militarization also provides the Mexican armed forces with greater capability in waging high-tech low-intensity conflict against armed guerrillas and unarmed civil society.