Federal Operations The Federal Operations Program is comprised of federal and state personnel who perform as "force providers" in support of critical counterdrug and counternarcoterrorism missions conducted by U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM,) U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM,) U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Joint Interagency Task Force-South and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Federal Operations personnel, equipment, and resources provide unique capabilities and military skill sets to Combatant Commanders (COCOMs) and federal Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in support of counterdrug and counternarcoterrorism goals.
HOST NATION RIDER - The HNR Program was created under the National Guard Bureau in July 2000. The program provides National Guard members on U. S. counterdrug aircraft conducting CD/CNT and Air Bridge Denial (ABD) operations over various South and Central American countries. The National Guard members act as on board liaison and interpreters. The Host Nation Rider Escort (HNRE), coordinates with Host Nation law enforcement personnel and provides training to the HNR personnel on board the aircraft.
MOBILE AIR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM - MASS personnel provide logistical, maintenance, and technical support for mobile TPS-70, TPS-75 and TPS-78 radar systems in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility, and they maintain three ground based radars (GBR) and associated support equipment at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. MASS also supports U.S. federal law enforcement agencies in the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility.
AIR MARINE and OPERATIONS CENTER - Personnel assigned to the Air and Marine Operations Center at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., support U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations by providing unique military skill sets and capabilities to detect, identify, intercept and track air/marine traffickers. Interdiction efforts are coordinated with LEAs, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Sectors. AMOC personnel fulfill the DOD requirement to provide support to the AMOC as stated in the National Interdiction Command and Control Plan (NICCP)
RINGGOLD - The Ringgold program is positioned in four states and provides linguists and analytical support for the DOD counternarcotic mission. Transcription/Translation Support System (T2S2) directly supports the efforts of the DEA by providing transcription and translation skills for their counternarcotics investigations.
JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE SOUTH - JIATF-S supports USSOUTHCOM air surveillance and interdiction efforts with detection and monitoring of counterdrug/counternarcoterrorism suspect air and marine tracks. These Guard members operate radar display consoles to detect, identify, intercept and track airborne smugglers. Guard members serve as Command Duty Officer, Tactical System Operators and trainers.