Accession Number:

ADA443825

Title:

No Sympathy for the Devil: Searching for a New Operational Doctrine to Guide Military Response to Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

This paper has stopped short of fleshing out a full operations-to-tactics link for counterterrorist operations, or to fully outline a new structure to integrate civilian and military counterterrorist capabilities. These are two areas where more work needs to be done than we have hands doing it I am convinced the scenarios laid out at the beginning of this paper will become reality in the not too distant future. Our tendency to be in denial about terrorism and to treat it as a criminal act finesses the fact that criminals do not generally document their movements and build networks of political, medical, technological and financial support the way that terrorist groups do. This might suggest that the Italian Mafia or Russian Mafia are borderline terrorist organizations, and indeed they may be. But we need greater precision in our operational definitions to know who the enemy is and how to fight him

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE