The illegal production and trafficking of drugs undermines security and stability in Latin America, the Caribbean and threatens U.S. national security. The threat can only be combated through cooperation and collaboration between partner nations. JIATFS works with partner nations and U.S. law enforcement agencies to reduce the drug threat.

Directorate Admins / POCs

J1 Personnel305-293-5764
J2 Intel305-293-5483
J3 Ops305-293-5551
J4 Logistics305-293-5312
J5 Plans305-293-5579
J6 C4I305-293-5462
J7 I&T305-293-5669
J8 R&A305-293-5306
J9 LNO305-293-5339

Directorate Profiles

J1 - Director (Acting) Patricia A. Mailer

The J1 Directorate for Manpower and Personnel was established in response to increased manpower responsibilities and authorities placed on the Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATFS) South Command.

J2 Intel - Director Frank A. Shaul - Captain U.S. Navy

J2 supports the command with reliable and timely intelligence information, and provides appropriate indications and warnings on the characteristics of drug trafficking organizations.

J3 Operations - Director Colonel Rick Neitzey - Colonel USMC

J3 provides the direction and control of current operations including the tasking of maritime and air assets assigned to the tactical control of JIATFS and air assets under the tactical control of other agencies.

J4 Logistics - Director Scott F. McCollum

Ensures decision makers have tactical flexibility and mobility through sound logistics planning. Increases operational options through effective and efficient use of logistics resources and provides internal support to JIATFS staff and facilities infrastructure.

J5 Plans and Policy - Director Christopher Cassibry - Colonel U.S.A

J5 conducts interagency and international engagements for the purpose of building additional resources or capabilities. In addition to efforts in developing policy, strategy, and long range planning, the J5 directorate indentifies requirements, capabilities and integration of programs in order to support the commands operations pertaining to defeating the flow of illicit traffic.

J6 C5I - Director Henry Daniel Jr.

Provides the critical communication paths which enable both planning and operations to be conducted from JIATF South. The C5I division provides internal computer and communications system connectivity between divisions while providing an external computer and communications architecture for instant connectivity with both martime and air assets.

J7 Innovation and Technology - Director Fred Scali

Leverage innovation in Information Dominance to enhance National to Tactical effectiveness and efficiency through emerging technologies and repurposing/improving existing capabilities. Identify JIATFS/SOUTHCOM mission gaps then research, demonstrate, evaluate, and implement innovative technical solutions to those gaps. Rapidly develop and prototype solutions to requirements in the fields of data visualization, fusion, access, and sharing.

J8 Resources and Assessments - Director Angela M. Larsen

The J8 Directorate of Resources and Assessments was established in response to increased funding responsibilities and authorities place on the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) Command.
J9 International Affairs - Director Roger Bencze     
Director:    305.293.5682
LNO Support:    305.293.5339
Translators:    305.293.5725 / 5376

Through the representation of its Foreign Liaison Officers, as well as the commitment of its Partner Nations and Allies to the fight against illicit trafficking, J9 represents the International Engagement of the Command and is responsible for spearheading the efforts for International integration and partnership within the Western Hemisphere and Western Europe.


J1 Manpower and Personnel

J2 Intel


J3 Operations

J4 Logistics

J5 Plans



J7 Innovation and Technology


J8 Resources and Assessments

J9 International Affairs

Phone: 305-293-5764
Phone: 305-293-5483
Phone: 305-293-5551
Phone: 305-293-5312
Phone: 305-293-5579
Phone: 305-293-5462