Accession Number : ADA471461


Title :   The Evolution of Al Qaeda


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Wilson, Sean P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a471461.pdf


Report Date : 15 Jun 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 135


Abstract : Al Qaeda is a significant threat to the national security of the United States and its allies. This makes it important for individuals in these countries, both military and civilian, to understand the evolution of this threat. This thesis analyzes Al Qaeda's evolution from 1989 to 2006. Despite numerous assaults by the United States and its allies, Al Qaeda has evolved to continue its jihad. However, the War on Terror is not the only factor that influenced its evolution. Al Qaeda is a product of the forces of globalization. Increasing access to global finances, international travel, and sophisticated technology is what has enabled Al Qaeda to evolve into its current form. The conclusion is that Al Qaeda's evolution has made it a more formidable opponent.


Descriptors :   *TERRORISTS , *ORGANIZATIONS , *TERRORISM , UNITED STATES , THREATS , FINANCE , GLOBALIZATION , COUNTERINSURGENCY , COUNTERTERRORISM , THESES , LEADERSHIP , NATIONAL SECURITY


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE