The Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program (AR-CD) conducts a full spectrum campaign that bridges the gap between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Non-DoD institutions in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational threats to the Homeland.
The Counterdrug Program supports military, law enforcement agencies, and community based counterdrug operations at all levels of government to anticipate, prevent, deter, and defeat these threats in order to enhance national security and protect our society.
The AR-CD consists of Army and Air National Guard members on full time active duty status in accordance with Title 32, Section 502 (f), United States Code.
Counterdrug Soldiers and Airmen are from National Guard Units across the state and are trained in various military skills used to support Law Enforcement Agencies while performing their Counterdrug missions.
Mission Category 1. Program Management. Mission 1. Counterdrug Coordination, Liaison, and Management. Plan and coordinate CD support, establish liaison with supported LEAs and other community organizations, resource and manage personnel and equipment requirements for CD support operations, and prepare operational/financial reports and briefings as required.
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Mission 4. Counterdrug-related Training and Training LEA/Military Personnel. Train military, LEAs, CBOs, educational and government institutions in subjects and skills useful in the conduct of CD operations or in the operation of military equipment used in CD operations. LEAs, CBOs, educational and government participants are responsible for associated travel and per diem expenses if not provided.
Counterdrug Reconnaissance \ Observation
Mission 5a- Ground Reconnaissance
Reconnoiter or perform area observation by land or water to detect and report illegal drug activities that include, but are not limited to, cultivated marijuana, suspected isolated drug trafficking airstrips, drug drop zones, drug trafficking corridors, illegal drug laboratories, suspicious aircraft, watercraft, or motor vehicles.
National Guard personnel will not maintain or store gathered information in National Guard facilities or databases. Information will be reported as designated by the supported LEA.
Mission 5b- Aerial Reconnaissance.
Conduct reconnaissance/observation of airspace, maritime or surface areas (land and internal waterways of the US and territories) for illegal drug activities which include, but are not limited to, cultivation of marijuana or delivery of illegal drugs.
Reconnaissance may be directed toward suspected drug trafficking airstrips/drop zones/corridors or suspicious aircraft/watercraft/motor vehicles.
A law enforcement officer (LEO) must be present or in direct contact for all aviation FLIR/IR sensor missions. LEOs are authorized to fly on aircraft during validated and approved missions provided the purpose is to facilitate counterdrug activities.
Mission may require site security for aircraft and ground radar.
Approved equipment and techniques include, but are not limited to:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Aerial visual techniques, including infrared/thermal imagery, and photographic reconnaissance.
Photo reconnaissance/film processing.
Approved categories of CD activities include, but are not limited to:
Unattended Sensor Support
Personnel will support LEAs in the emplacement, monitoring, and maintenance of unattended sensors in areas where suspected drug activity is occurring.
Visual reconnaissance/observation by mobile patrol.
Visual reconnaissance/observation by mobile patrols and Listening Posts/Observation Posts (LPs/OPs), using binoculars, cameras, night vision devices, and infrared/thermal imagery, including Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) or lowlight devices. A Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) must be present or in direct contact with the National Guard team.
Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR
Establish and operate ground radar sites using either Army or Air GSR systems. Mission includes site security and may require
Civil Operations Support
Mission 6a. DDR Education and Programs: This mission implements standardized, measurable and evidenced based educational programs. DDR education and programs will use standard methods to measure the desired outcomes and ensure mission fidelity. The role of DDR personnel in this mission is to increase awareness, provide guidance, and facilitate collaboration to motivate our nation’s youth to be drug-free. These DDR programs will include:
Mission 6b. DDR Support: The National Guard DDR mission also supports efforts led by community based organizations that are designed to provide rewards and incentives, alternative activities (countering) and environmental strategies to help our nation’s youth make the commitment to be drug-free. These comprehensive support strategies include, but not limited to:
Counterdrug Useful Links/Resources
Contact the Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Mission
Joint Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (PC)