Accession Number:

ADA467152

Title:

Weakness Against Terrorism: Fifteen Years of Failed U.S. Policy

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-08

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

The events of September 11th, 2001 shocked the world. Americans and the world watched in horror as two planes slammed into beacons of U.S. power and might the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 innocent people. That these attacks were successfully prosecuted against America was all the more shocking. After all, America was the lone superpower and, undeniably, had the worlds most competent and strongest military perhaps the strongest of all time. But these attacks should not have been unexpected. For the 15 years prior to 911, the United States failed to respond with strength while violent terrorist actions escalated. This paper argues that law enforcement and deterrence fail against terrorism. Only military strength in combination with effective arms of all elements of national power can defeat terrorism.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Intelligence
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE