Accession Number:

ADA341463

Title:

Covert Action: Today's Policy - Future Implications

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-02-06

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

Past indiscretions and public dismay cast a dubious shadow over the United States Covert Action CA capability as a viable and legitimate instrument of national power. With the current U.S. National Security Strategy NSS of engagement and enlargement, does CA provide our nation a feasible option when diplomacy offers too little, and military action offers too much This paper supports current national policy that CA does, and will continue to play a vital role in our NSS, and discusses CAs viability and implications for the future. At an unclassified level, CA can be defined and de-mystified to better understand the nature of CA current policy regarding CA and its applicability to the NSS arguments againstfor CA CA authority, approval, and oversight mechanisms and suggested pre-conditions to assist in determining the utility of CA when its potential employment is under consideration. Finally, this paper examines CAs relevance given current affairs, downsizing, and fiscal constraints and identifies potential emerging CA challenges and opportunities for the future. Despite past failures, countless undisclosed successes have furthered American values and supported U.S. national interests. As a quiet option, CA has provided our President with flexibility in defending our nations security and national security interests.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE