Principles for Winning the Global War on Terrorism
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Following September 11, 2001 sweeping changes were made to U.S. national strategy and institutions to deal with the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. These changes require an unprecedented level of cooperation among agencies and departments at all levels if national strategy is going to be successful. One means of unifying the efforts of all instruments of national power is to establish a unifying set of principles that all key players can use and identify with in the fight against terrorism, similar to the Principles of War that the Department of Defense DoD uses to fight and win military battles and campaigns. The proposed principles are as follows Objective, Unity of Effort, Freedom of Action, Initiative, Efficiency of Effort, Simplicity, Protection, Restraint, Perseverance, and Flexibility. What one calls this new set of principles is less important than having and using them, but senior leadership needs to reach consensus on their purpose and their name. They could be called The Principles of War for the Global War on Terrorism or The Principles for Defeating Terrorism or simply The Principles of War. The author reviews various interpretations of principles of war, including Principles of War JP 3-0, Principles of Military Operations Other Than War MOOTW JP 3-0, U.S. Coast Guard Operating Principles CG Pub 1, Proposed Principles of War for the Global War on Terrorism GWOT, Principles of Operations Glenn, 1998, Fundamentals of Joint Warfare JP 1, and Evolving Fundamentals of 21st Century Warfare and Crisis Resolution.
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