Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reports

Document: Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reports

Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementBest_report

Dates: May 2014 & February 2015

Notes: The Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force Act requires the US Department of Homeland Security to submit annual reports to Congress on efforts by Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) teams to improve border security and reduce smuggling and violence ‘along and across the international borders of the United States.’  BEST teams are inter-agency units of personnel from different law enforcement agencies who jointly investigate transnational criminal activity along the northern and southern borders and at major seaports.

The annual reports, which were obtained by the Small Arms Survey under the Freedom of Information Act, provide detailed statistics on arrests, prosecutions, and seized contraband. As of September 2013, BEST units had made 13,212 arrests, secured 7,056 convictions, and seized:

  • 15,149 weapons
  • 3,015,090 rounds of ammunition
  • $156,216,545 in currency
  • 122,660 lbs of cocaine
  • 5,339 lbs of Escstasy
  • 1,886 lbs of Heroin
  • 1,048,771 lbs of Marijuana
  • 7,217 lbs of Methamphetamine
  • 4,818 vehicles

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Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reports

Security Assistance: Combatant Commanders Initiative Fund

Document: Report on the Combatant Commanders Initiative Fund

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Date: January 2008Combatant_Command_Initiative_Fund

Notes: As required in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, the US Defense Department produced a lengthy and detailed report on activities funded through the Combatant Commanders Initiative Fund in Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007.  Examples of the wide-ranging and diverse activities funded through this program include:

  • purchasing copies of a documentary film on ancient manuscripts in Mali that ‘…highlights the differences in Islamic ancient traditions with the aim of terrorist who claim an Islamic mandate’ (p. 19);
  • providing training in welding to shipyard workers in India (p. 22).
  • covering the costs of a US Southern Command-sponsored Human Rights Initiative (HRI) training and doctrine project (p. 31).

The full report, which was released in response to a FOIA request filed in 2010, is available here.

Security Assistance: Combatant Commanders Initiative Fund

Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

Document: Section 655 report on US arms exports and military aid 

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Date: January 2013FY12_655_report

Notes: The Section 655 report is a detailed summary of US arms exports and military aid that is compiled annually for Congress by the US Departments of Defense and State. The State Department posts its section of the report on the department’s website shortly after it is delivered to Congress. The Defense Department’s section is obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Continue reading “Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere”

Newly released report provides details on US arms exports to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

MANPADS collection program netted hundreds of missiles in Iraq, documents reveal

Documents: Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) collection program weekly summaries

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Publication Dates: 5 December 2003 through 2 April 2004

The following tables and analysis are derived from documents* on a MANPADS collection program established by the US military following the looting of Iraqi military facilities in 2003. The documents, which consist of weekly progress reports, provide detailed data on the types and quantities of MANPADS and key components (missiles and launchers) recovered through the program, the value of payments for these items, and the quantity of MANPADS and components captured by coalition forces during the time period studied.

The data reveals that, despite repeated claims to the contrary, MANPADS collection programs can be effective in certain circumstances. In less than a year, Iraqi citizens turned in 934 MANPADS missiles and 277 launchers in exchange for a combined total of just $424,000. While most of the items collected were first generation SA-7-pattern systems and components, several dozen missiles and launchers for second-generation SA-14 and SA-16 MANPADS were also turned in, along with a smaller number of unspecified ‘other’ MANPADS. This data is summarized in Table 1.

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MANPADS collection program netted hundreds of missiles in Iraq, documents reveal

IEDs disguised as rocks

Documents: Arms caches seized in Iraq, September 2008

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Publication Dates: September 2008USF-I_Storyboard_Sep_2008_IED

Notes: The documents contain several summaries of arms caches seized in Iraq, including caches with IEDs disguised as boulders and rocks.  The documents were obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency.

For more data and information on illicit weapons in Iraq, see Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.

1) Arms caches seized in Iraq, 2-27 September 2008.

IEDs disguised as rocks

Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan

Documents: Arms caches seized in Afghanistan, April through June 2011

Source: U.S. Department of Defense RPG_markings

Publication Dates: See below

Notes: As part ongoing efforts to better understand the weapons acquired and used by armed groups and other unauthorized end-users, Small Arms Surve submitted a request to US Central Command (CENTCOM) for documents and photos of arms caches recovered in Afghanistan from April through June 2011. In respoRPG_launchernse to this request, CENTCOM provided the following storyboards (succinct summaries of cache seizures and other events).  Many of the documents include photos of the markings on one or more of the seized items. The items consist primarily of older generation Chinese and Soviet-designed small arms, light weapons, and ammunition, along with large quantities of IED components and explosives. The items are consistent with those recovered from caches previously studied by Small Arms Survey. 

The documents were obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency. For more data and information on illicit weapons in Afghanistan, see the links at the bottom of the post.

1) ERW – Weapons Cache, Kandahar, 2 April 2011. Items: Recoilless rifle rounds, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) rounds and components, hand grenades, small arms ammunition. Includes photos of markings.

2) Cache – Complex Cache, Helmand, 3 June 2011. Items: Artillery rocket, landmine, IED components, explosives, small arms ammunition. Continue reading “Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan”

Newly released documents on weapons recovered in Afghanistan

QW-1 MANPADS in Iraq

Documents: Summaries of seized arms caches containing QW-1 MANPADS

Source: U.S. Department of DefenseUSF-I_Storyboard_9_Jan_09

Publication Dates: See below

Notes: As part of a study on illicit weapons in Iraq, Small Arms Survey acquired storyboards (succinct summaries) of arms caches recovered by US and Iraqi forces that contained components for Chinese-designed QW-1 (or QW-1 pattern) MANPADS. Additional QW-pattern MANPADS have been spotted in videos of Iraqi armed groups, including groups with alleged ties to Iran. 

The documents were obtained by Small Arms Survey  and the Federation of American Scientists under the US Freedom of Information Act. They are posted as received from the responding agency.

1) Weapons seized in Basrah Province, March-May 2008

2) Seized Weapons cache,  9 January 2009

For more information, see

1) ‘Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia’ in Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets

 

QW-1 MANPADS in Iraq