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Outlaw Innovation and Maritime Interdiction in the War on Drugs


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Javier Guerrero C.
    Pages 1-10
  3. Javier Guerrero C.
    Pages 11-32
  4. Javier Guerrero C.
    Pages 61-86
  5. Javier Guerrero C.
    Pages 87-95
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 97-98

About this book


This book is about the encounters of Colombian drug smugglers and the Colombian Navy, both in the open seas and along coastlines. Javier Guerrero C. specifically examines the technologies involved in the War on Drugs, such as the narcosubmarines and patrol boats, the knowledge required to transport drugs and the knowledge required to stop the illicit flows. The author presents compelling new evidence for advancing an understanding of technological innovation in antagonist contexts, as well as the symbiotic and co-evolutionary character of the process of technological innovation in the War on Drugs. This book will appeal both to practitioners and scholars interested in the War on Drugs and the production of technologies in outlaw contexts.


Outlaw Innovation Narcosubs War on Drugs Illicit drug market Innovation Studies Drug trafficking organisations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesInstituto Tecnológico MetropolitanoMedellínColombia

About the authors

Javier Guerrero C. is a lecturer at the Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Medellín, Colombia and postdoctoral researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Seguridad y Drogas, Universidad de los Andes with the support of a postdoctoral scholarship from Colciencias. His research interests focus on the interplay between outlaw innovation, technology and security in the War on Drugs.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Narcosubmarines
  • Book Subtitle Outlaw Innovation and Maritime Interdiction in the War on Drugs
  • Authors Javier Guerrero C.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-9022-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-9025-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-9023-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 98
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science and Technology Studies
    International Security Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Javier Guerrero C. provides an in depth and unique study of the binary interdiction/evasion dynamic evident between drug traffickers utilizing narcosubmarines and the Colombian Navy primarily utilizing patrol boats. This groundbreaking work in science and technology studies highlights the continuous innovation (both outlaw and formal) inherent in this high stakes and, at times, deadly interactive competition.” (Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Past Minerva Chair, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College)