Terrorism as a Perceived Threat to US Armed Forces Serving OCONUS and the Army's Program of Addressing That Threat.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The basic question is whether or not the Armys initiatives toward terrorism counteraction is actually filtering down to the soldier level and what are the perceptions of Army efforts at countering terrorism as viewed primarily from the Battalion Command level. A follow-on area of interest is the level of comfort with information, preparedness, and general feelings of vulnerability as expressed at the Battalion Command level of responsibility. To assess these areas it was necessary to conduct research as to the current and projected trends in terrorism, the threat against US forces serving overseas and then to highlight those programs currently directed by Department of State, Defense, and Army. The heart of the paper evolves around a survey administered to the US Army War College Resident Class of 1986. This survey captured perceptions of the Class relative to terrorism preparation, counteraction, programs, and to a degree measured the feeling of vulnerability of those serving outside the United States. The effort was to capture the family perception. For comparison a recent survey of State Department Personnel was used to project parallel perceptions of other Americans who are serving overseas.
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