Accession Number:

ADA463555

Title:

Religious Leadership: Interrupting Jihad at the Point of Recruitment

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-10

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The coalition has been successful in defeating Islamists through military means however, their numbers continue to stay strong because they have a successful recruiting program. This paper asserts that one reason Muslims continue to join the Jihad is because Islamist sympathizers are eventually convinced to take up the fight against the West. It is at the point of sympathizer recruitment this paper focuses to interrupt the circle of terrorism. By actively engaging those sympathetic to the Islamists ideology, the Islamist sympathizers can be persuaded from joining the Jihad. Although there may be easier methods of eliminating Islamists, this one goes directly after the recruiting process. This approach requires a concerted effort by the interagency community engaging across the entire range of military operations ROMO to achieve lasting effects. The combatant commander CCDR must lead this process because he holds the responsibility for security and possesses the regional expertise to provide tailoring necessary to address differences in culture and social structure. This paper makes the following recommendations 1. Establish a formal global religious leader outreach program to indirectly provide operational support to the CCDR 2. Develop relationships between ambassadors and local religious leadership 3. Add to operational doctrine religious assessment criteria to ascertain the possible impact an operation may have on the religious climate 4. Add religious support to the SOCOMs staff 5. CCDR reach back to SOCOM staff 6. Expand the TSCP program 7. Add religious awareness instruction to the military educational system.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE