Accession Number : ADA498760


Title :   Reconceptualizing the Global War on Terror


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : McRae, Gregory E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a498760.pdf


Report Date : 26 Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : With the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, America was thrust into a national survival mode not witnessed since December 7, 1941. In the aftermath of these attacks, former President Bush officially launched a war on terrorism. As America enters its eighth year of the war on terror, several questions deserve examination. Is the Global War on Terror really a war? What is the nature and characteristics of the current conflict between Islamic extremists and the West? Finally, how should this conflict be prosecuted to ensure short term security and long term international peace and prosperity? This paper analyzes the Global War on Terror from its inception, provides a definition of war founded in classic warfare theory, provides a discussion of what America is doing wrong in its prosecution of the war, and recommends specific changes to improve international effectiveness and ensure ultimate success. The central thesis is that the current approach to terrorism is flawed. The strategic objectives are too aggressive, too vague, and absolutely unachievable in the current national security environment. The political objectives of the war on terror must be adjusted for the United States and her allies to achieve a successful outcome.


Descriptors :   *TERRORISM , *COUNTERTERRORISM , *NATIONAL SECURITY , UNITED STATES , PEACETIME , COUNTERINSURGENCY , SURVIVAL(GENERAL) , CONFLICT , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , MILITARY STRATEGY , GLOBAL , MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , ATTACK


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE