Decapitation: A Case for a Better Guillotine
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Decapitation is the application of kinetic operations designed to kill another actors leadership to produce regime change or halt the actions of a non-state actor. Although rarely considered, it is a viable strategic concept. Decapitation is different than assassination and this difference, along with the current dual threats of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, is what makes it a viable strategic concept. Decapitation is an ethical, moral, and legally sound way to achieve the desired end state. Therefore, the Executive Order prohibiting assassination should be amended to clarify the language, and decapitation should be embraced as one strategic concept that has utility in todays international arena.
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