Supply Chain: The Eroding Illusion of a Secure Platform — Mexico

The threat to rail systems in Mexico is daunting. While most people might focus on the threat of terrorism because of the high-profile nature of terrorist acts, the real threat found in Mexico is vandalism, theft and the introduction of narcotics into the supply chain.

Supply Chain: The Eroding Illusion of a Secure Platform — Mexico

Executive Summary

The threat to rail systems in Mexico is daunting. While most people might focus on the threat of terrorism because of the high-profile nature of terrorist acts, the real threat found in Mexico is vandalism, theft and the introduction of narcotics into the supply chain. These constant threats have finally been brought to the attention of the Mexican Congress by the Mexican Association of Intermodal Transport. Working Groups in coordination with the private and public sectors have been created to address these threats. One of the outcomes of the working groups is the creation of specific law enforcement offices which are focused on physical and operative infrastructures for rail security. Based on recommendations from these working groups, the Mexican Commission for State Security (CES) is reorganizing and creating law enforcement task forces in mountainous areas exploited by organized crime. The first one was established on Jan. 4, 2018 in Munoz de Domingo Arenas, a municipality of Tlaxcala in south-eastern Mexico.

Despite the prevalence of terrorism activity throughout various parts of the world, and increased focus on trains as a target of terrorist activity due to articles such as the one in Inspire magazine, an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) publication, there are no confirmed acts of terror and no communications discussing terrorism activities in Mexico. Based on conversations with intelligence sources, the primary threats to rail are targets-of-opportunity or organized crime.

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