Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War (Fictional Intelligence)

ASCENSIÓN: A TALE OF THE MEXICAN DRUG WAR

Small Wars Journal is pleased to present an excerpt from Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War  by Small Wars Journal-El Centro Fellow Michael L. Burgoyne.

This fictional account—or FICINT (Fictional Intelligence)—describes the security situation in Mexico in an accessible manner.

Here the situation in Mexico is described through the lens of fiction and intelligence to depict future conflict scenarios grounded in reality.[1]  Is it ‘criminal insurgency,’ ‘civil strife,’ ‘crime wars,’ ‘non-international armed conflict (NIAC),’ or something else. Burgoyne seeks to inform the policy and operational debate surrounding insecurity and criminal armed groups (CAGs) in Mexico in this text.

Comments from the author:

In 2020, Mexico suffered over 35,000 homicides, marking another year of exceptionally high rates of violence that are comparable to a war zone. Mexican transnational criminal organizations drive the violence in Mexico and play a key role in the over 70,000 annual drug overdose deaths in the United States. Yet, Americans lack an understanding of the complex security situation just south of the border.

I am thankful to Small Wars Journal-El Centro for the opportunity to present an excerpt from, Ascensión: A Tale of the Mexican Drug War.  I wrote the story as modern day western designed to bring the reader into a violent and complicated world where there are no easy answers. While the story is fiction, the events depicted are drawn from reality, which is documented in the accompanying notes section. These notes also include references to outstanding scholars that provide excellent analysis of the ongoing conflict in Mexico.

Finally, this excerpt is augmented with a brief interview with Alexei Chevez, a Mexican scholar and security practitioner with a deep knowledge of the nature of the internal stability struggles in Mexico.

My hope is that this work of fiction provides an engaging way to understand the very real and daunting security challenges the Mexican people face.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting the Ghost

The Invisible Drug Lord: Hunting the Ghost

For over a decade now I have been researching and studying how 21st century drug cartels and organized crime syndicates operate.

I do this mainly for two reasons:

  1. Research for my writing

  2. Considering freedom loving guerillas/partisans have always (and are currently) seen as criminals (ie domestic terrorist) anyway, observing the TTP of ‘successful’ criminal groups, both past and present is a no-brainer.

If you take one thing away from this study it should be this:

“Your best protection in the 21st century is not a private army but ANONYMITY.”

*I recommend downloading the full report to a flash drive for reference.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Driver Avoids Being Carjacked in Mexico

Fact: The Martial Citizen needs to keep his DRIVING skills as SHARP as his empty hand, knife and gun skills simply because he spends the largest amount of time during the day behind the wheel as he does at home or on the job.

Be Prepared to recognize potential ambushes and React without hesitation!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Breaking Down the Four Most Common NarcoSubs

Breaking Down the Four Most Common Narcosubs

 

This has always been a fascinating topic to me.

For those of you that enjoy True Crime Docs on the Drug Cartels, check out Operation Odessa on Netflix.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

Ed Calderon Sheds Light on Kidnapping & Abduction Trends

ED CALDERON SHEDS LIGHT ON KIDNAPPING & ABDUCTION TRENDS

This guy has been there done that when it comes to survival south of the border with the cartels. Great information.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!