Accession Number:

ADA209583

Title:

The Dilemma of Covert Action

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-04-20

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

Covert actions, an important component of our nations foreign policy, are approved and conducted in secret. Since they are not normally subject to public scrutiny, the ethical values and legal constraints by which they are managed and conducted are of vital importance. This study explores covert action from an ethical or moral standpoint, examines its compatibility with American democratic ideals, constitutional legality, and the justification or requirement for its use. Several case studies on recently publicized covert activities are also examined to illustrate the problems inherent in such operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE