At least eight facts make ITOC progressively more mobile, flexible, powerful, and universally threatening:
The apparently declining ability of fragile governments to manage and protect a modern nation-state allows correspondingly greater opportunity for ITOC growth.
The general availability of conventional and more sophisticated weaponry and the attendant intimidation and corruption allow ITOC to survive the efforts of national law enforcement organizations and encourage expansion.
The efficient and tightly controlled ITOC organizations use the structural features best designed to generate unity of effort, aid growth, and promote expansion of influence and power.
The effective management of an adequate effort to confront ITOC requires internal and external cooperation.
A comprehensive OAS action plan must also address the ITOC phenomenon with three different functional strategic-level programs.
Additionally, there are eight highly interrelated factors that experience indicates are key to success against ITOC.
greater emphasis on intelligence organizations for direct use against ITOC and for indirect use against problems like hunger, disaster, and environmental degradation that can make desperate populations into pawns of ITOC.
Because the Inter-American Defense Board is an organization within the OAS structure, it is logical that it could help deal with the ITOC problem.
The first reality concerns the coercive potential of ITOC.
Together, the individual components of the responsible international community can provide a multilateral, legal, and democratic institutional infrastructure from which to support an effective but limited military role in security and stability efforts directed against ITOC.