Accession Number:

ADA415840

Title:

Remarks Before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Descriptive Note:

Testimony

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

While our attention understandably is focused on the war in Iraq, the worldwide war against al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist enterprises continues Unlike the fighting in Iraq, the campaign against the terrorists does not provide the continuing flow of televised images or battlefield displays. It is a war fought largely in the shadows. We measure its progress in the periodic arrests of terrorist leaders and the passage of time without a major terrorist attack. It has been nearly 19 months since September 11, 2001. Since then, we have made considerable progress in destroying al Qaedas base in Afghanistan and in disrupting its operational capabilities, but much remains to be done, Our efforts to destroy al Qaeda and its successors will take years. My remarks today will address three issues 1 the nature of the current terrorist threat, 2 goals of a counter-terrorist strategy, and 3 the use of intelligence in dealing with terrorism. My remarks derive partly from research at the RAND Corporation, but my observations and conclusions are entirely my own.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE