American SIGINT collection has significantly improved since the onset of the Cold War. Throughout the Cold War, the SIGINT community underwent time periods of support, but as well as mistrust of its extensive capabilities.
Analysis of cocaine smuggling from the 1940's through the 1970's.
Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has strived to define their place within the international economy and security environment as globalization emerges and expands economic competitiveness across the world.
Re-focusing the U.S. Intelligence efforts on the atmospherics of the environment rather than solely on the enemy situation can effectively aide the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
The Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel has emerged as one of the most prevalent and “powerful drug trafficking organizations in the Western Hemisphere” (InSight Crime).
Years of Congressional overextension significantly degraded the CIAs HUMINT capability and overreliance on Technical Intelligence contributed to significant intelligence failures in the 21st century.