Accession Number:

ADA446171

Title:

Osama's Wake: The Second Generation of Al Qaeda

Descriptive Note:

Counterproliferation papers

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

The National Security Strategy NSS of the United States inadequately defines the threat which on September 11, 2001, propelled the United States towards a Global War on Terrorism and redirected the nations security efforts. Most critics of the NSS point out the futility of waging war on terrorism, since it is a time-worn means to an end. If the nation is to have a strategy to combat an enemy, it has to define who, or what, the enemy is. The War on Terrorism should not be an infinite struggle against any entity willing to use terrorist means and attempting to scope the threat to groups with global reach is not a discriminating factor in todays globalized and interconnected world. The enemy must be defined not just by their methodology but also by their ideology and politics.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE