Senate Drug Caucus to Hold Hearing on Counternarcotics Efforts in Colombia

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, co-chairman, will hold a hearing of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control to examine U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Colombia and how these efforts should be adapted in light of the staggering increases in coca production in the country.

Hearing:  “Adapting U.S. Counternarcotics Efforts in Colombia.” 

Date/time:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Location:   SD-226, Dirksen Senate Office Building

Description:  This hearing will focus on counternarcotics efforts in Colombia, including interdiction and eradication, given the increased availability of cocaine in the United States following years of decline.

Witness List

Panel One

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Brigadier General Joseph J. McMenamin, USMC (Retired), Principal Director for Counternarcotics and Global Threats in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Arlington, Va.

Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Anthony D. Williams, Assistant Administrator, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Arlington, Va.

Panel Two

Mr. Douglas Farah, President, IBI Consultants; Senior Visiting Fellow, National Defense University’s Center for Complex Operations; Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Roger Noriega, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Washington, D.C.