Militarization and incarceration in the "war on drugs" and "war on terror" : connecting the prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex.

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College of Liberal Arts

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Bachelor in Arts


This thesis examines the ways in which the "war on terror" has changed the face of militarization associated with the "war on drugs." This research will analyze the exacerbation of militarization in a post-9/11 context by scrutinizing the utilization of unmanned aerial vehicle ("drones") technology both globally and in the domestic sphere and then further analyze the transfers of equipment and weaponry between the military and the police through the Department of Defense's Program 1033. Through these two case studies, this thesis will look at the way the "war on terror" and the "war on drugs" are increasingly imbricated with one another. The exacerbation of militarization becomes a form of violence because of its normalization and enveloping of the everyday life but also the particular impact on Black and Brown communities who have been subject to criminalization, marginalization, and state-sanctioned violence.