Accession Number : ADA603166


Title :   Counter Radicalization and Recruitment to Al-Qaeda: Fighting the War of Deeds


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE


Personal Author(s) : Kamolnick, Paul


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a603166.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 173


Abstract : Disrupting, dismantling, and ultimately defeating al-Qaeda-based, affiliated, and inspired terrorism is the declared policy of the U.S. Government (USG). Despite noteworthy success in attacking the al-Qaeda (AQ) terrorist network and securing the homeland from terrorist attack, the United States has yet to execute an effective methodology for countering radicalization and recruitment to AQ. This monograph proposes a distinct War of Deeds methodology for accomplishing this. A War of Deeds is to be fought on two interrelated fronts: changing deeds and challenging deeds. Changing deeds requires a frank examination and possible reorienting of those present-day USG foreign, military, and diplomatic policies that diminish USG credibility and potentially enhance the resonance of AQ s terrorist propaganda in the Muslim world. It also requires a frank examination of existing USG information operations that in the opinion of the present writer fail to adequately address the present U.S. credibility deficit and whose proposals too often amount to unpersuasive marketing endeavors pitched to a highly selective Westernized audience.


Descriptors :   *ISLAM , *POLITICAL ALLIANCES , *TERRORISTS , *WARFARE , DIPLOMATS , FOREIGN POLICY , PUBLIC OPINION , RECRUITING


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE