Accession Number : ADA517865


Title :   Attacking al Qaeda's Operational Centers of Gravity


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Witty, David M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a517865.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : Today, Islamicist organizations are becoming more widespread and diffuse. They often lack a direct connection to al Qaeda's strategic leadership but are inspired by its ideology. Al Qaeda's operational role is subdued, but its ideological, propaganda, and support roles are critical to its affiliates. Many groups now adhere to the original goals and ideology of al Qaeda, which extends the scope of its influence well beyond that of the original organization, although al Qaeda itself is still considered the most dangerous of all transnational extremist groups and is America's principal enemy.


Descriptors :   *CENTER OF GRAVITY , *LEADERSHIP , *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , INSURGENCY , TERRORISM , PROPAGANDA , ISLAM


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE