Accession Number:

ADA422704

Title:

The Global War on Terrorism: War or Counterinsurgency?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-06

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Paper examines the strategy of todays Global War on Terrorism GWOT and analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of executing the GWOT as a Counterinsurgency COIN campaign vice a generalized war against terrorism and its sponsors. This paper will argue that current GWOT strategy, instead of weakening, may actually be strengthening the enemys center of gravity at the strategic level. Discussion includes the imperatives of strategic and operational COIN planning as well as the criticality of integrating a multinational and representational coalition into fighting what is essentially an Islamic militant insurgency. Further, paper looks at the feasibility of Americas role as the lead military element in todays COIN effort and why American military effort may be better suited, and ultimately more successful, in a supporting role.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE